Monday, April 6, 2015

MOONG DAL KHICHDI

Everyone needs some comfort food from time to time. Whether you're under the weather or just plain tired to put in serious work in the kitchen, there's not much that can't be fixed with a hot plate of khichdi. This is that yummy, soft, flavorful food that satiates like no other. There are several variants of Khichdi in India, but here's one that I personally love.
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Ingredients:
Rice: 2 cups
Whole green gram (Sabut hari moong) - 3/4th cup
Ghee - 1 Tbsp
Salt - to taste
Whole peppercorns - 3 or 4 (optional)
Water -  3 or 4 cups
Special requirements:
A pressure cooker - this is more of a convenience device, actually. It halves the cooking time and makes it easier to make the rice and moong soft. You can avoid this by cooking in a regular pan
Method:
  • Wash the rice & green gram and put in a pressure cooker
  • Fill it with 3 cups of water. Add 1 Tbsp of ghee, salt & whole peppercorns & stir lightly. Set the pressure cooker for 3 whistles. Alternately, cook the rice till it is soft.
  • If you like your khichdi soft and slightly runny, you may have to add another cup of water and cook the rice without the lid of the cooker.
  • Serve hot with pickle, papad or yogurt.

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