Thursday, 28 January 2016

Masoor daal and Green Beans Khichdi #comfortfood #indiankhichdi #nowonmyblog #jcookingodyssey


To devour ultimate comfort food Khichdi, you don't have to wait for any particular season, Khichdi is for any time, however I love to have hot and steaming Khichdi during the winters. I have eaten Khichdi whole of my life and would never get bored, it could be so simple and humble sadi (plain) khichdi with pickle, yogurt and papad , Masala Khichdi ( Spicy version ) where rice and daal, Tuver or Moong daal sautéed in ghee with whole spices and enjoyed with yogurt, salad and papad and sometimes easy yet an elaborate Khichdi, prepared with lots of vegetables, aromatic spices and Nuts , I would enjoy without any doubt.

Khichdi, I think is one of the healthiest, wholesome and nutritious one pot meal around. If you have pressure cooker, this dish can be done in jiffy.  Like I said Khichdi is such a dish that you don't need to wait for any particular day or season, but you need Mood, I prepare Khichdi according to my mood and health. If  feeling a bit under the weather,  plain khichdi makes me happy, pressed for time just go for Masala khichdi and when I am feeling good and fit, have lots of time on hand, I still make khichdi :) It's just I make more efforts in peeling and chopping vegetables and make Khichdi almost like a Biryani !!! You know, I am not a Biryani fan, so I make Biryani Khichdi :P



I vaguely remembered, I think Khichdi was the first dish which I completely cooked by my own when I was around 9 by observing Mum while she cooks, how would she cut the vegetables, how much spices she was adding and how much precaution she would take while she cooks. My mum used to prepare many types of Khichdi, one of them was Masoor Daal Khichdi, mostly on Sunday evening as at Lunch time usually we would've had heavy and elaborate meals.

Masoor ( red lentils ) Daal Khichdi, cooked with Fresh green beans, freshly ground Garam masala( which lends little darker colour Khichdi ).  You will have Protein and vitamin rich dish from this one pot meal. This satisfying and comfort khichdi can be eaten as it is or enjoy with fresh plain yogurt , roasted papad and fresh salad , sometimes I would love to have with Gujarati Kadhi.



You will need :-

  • 200 g Basmati rice 
  • 200 g Masoor daal 
  • 200 g green beans ( Fansi ) cut
  • 100 g Potato cut and cubed with the skin
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. green chilli and ginger crushed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2-3 green cardamom
  • 2 clove ( Laving )
  • Small bark of cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp. mace powder ( Javentri )
  • 1 star anise
  • 2-3 black pepper
  • 1 small bay leave
  • 2-3 tbsp oil 
You will need :- Vaghar ( optional )
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • small green chilli chopped
  • Pinch red chilli podwer


Method :-
Clean, wash and soak rice and daal separate for 10-15 minutes. Then discard the water.
Now place all the whole spices in a grinder and grind into powder. Leave it aside.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add ginger and green chilli, then add onion and garlic.
Sauté onion and garlic for one minute, add potato and green beans.
Fry for few seconds and add rice and daal.
Add ground whole spices according to your taste ( I added 1 tsp. ) red chilli and turmeric powder.
Add salt and fry mixture for 2 minutes.
Add water, close the pressure cooker lid and cook till 3 whistle.
Let the cooker cool naturally.
If you are going to do a vaghar on the khichdi, heat oil, add cumin seeds.
Once crackle add green chillies, red chilli powder and pour vaghar on cooked khichdi.
Serve Hot khichdi with dollop of ghee, yogurt, salad and papad.
Enjoy !!
















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