Today i’m sharing my go to recipe of a quick but nutritious meal called ‘Khichdi’ which is a mixture of rice & lentil and when the dish is literally translated from hindi it means hotch- potch. This meal is a one pot dish and is ready in the matter of minutes. Most importantly its super easy, filling and healthy. It can be accompanied with any sort of grilled meat or veggies on the side to create one wholesome meal.
Before you begin cooking let me tell you why should you love your lentils –
Lentils are very high in nutritional value, they are available all throughout the year and store well for long periods of time if kept in a cool & dry place. They are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, help manage blood-sugar disorders, contain all seven important minerals but mainly our B-vitamins, and protein and the best news is they virtually contain no fat at all. A whole cup of lentil holds about 230gm of calories. Hence incorporating lentils into your diet is great way of filling your tummy with a full fiber meal without packing up the piles of fat.
1 tbsp. ghee / olive oil
½ tsp. cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. grated ginger
½ small onion slices
½ cup chopped tomato
½ tsp. red chili powder
½ tsp. turmeric powder
1 green chili slit (optional)
¾ cup rice (any kind of rice)
¼ split red gram or split yellow gram (moong dal)
¼ split black gram / Urad Dal
½ vegetable stock cube.
2-½ cups water
Salt as needed (watch out as the vegetable stock contains salt)
*Optional – peas or green beans if you like to add some vegetable to the dish
– Wash and soak rice and dal. Drain water out completely
– Heat ghee/oil in a pan.
– Allow cumin to crackle and sauté bay leaf along with onions and ginger for 2 minutes.
– Add tomatoes, salt and turmeric and sauté until they turn a bit mushy and pastelike texture.
– Add chili , red chili powder and cook for a 1min.
– Add drained rice and fry for 3 mins. Pour water mixed with vegetable stock cube and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes until soft.
Serve dal (lentil) khichdi piping hot with any meat/veggie on the side.
*Its traditionally eaten with fried papadums/ pickle and yogurt. I like it best with a good piece of spiced fried fish.
- This portion should serve 2 to 3 people.