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Now, we’ll tell you what came to our mind when someone first asked us this question — Khichdi. We know what you are thinking, ‘meal for the sickly’. But do you know Moong dal ki Khichdi was Akbar’s favourite food, and he called it Lazeezah, translating to ‘the delicious one’?
If not for its sublime taste, Khichdi is a wonderful source of proteins and fibre with plenty of room to experiment with herbs and spices. Here, we’ll share its simplest recipe followed by creative alterations you could do.
Moong ki Khichdi recipe
What you need (2 servings):
- ½ cup of whole Moong Dal (green)
- ¼ cup of Rice
- 2 tbsp of Bengal Gram
- 2 tbsp of Moong Dal (yellow)
- 1 cup of vegetables like carrot, potatoes, green peas, etc., diced
- 1 tbsp of Ghee
- 2 whole Cloves
- 1 tsp of Cumin seeds
- ½ tsp of Mustard seeds
- 1 tsp of Turmeric powder
- 1 tsp of Red chilli powder
- Salt as per taste
- 1 tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Nutritional benefits: Low calorie, low cholesterol meal of proteins and fibre, ideal for those with cardiovascular issues
Best enjoyed with Curd, Mango pickle, Papad
How you cook:
- Begin by soaking all dal and rice together in water for an hour.
- Heat ghee in a cooker and add cloves, cumin and mustard seeds. Stir them to splutter.
- Add vegetables and spices with salt and toss together.
- Add soaked dal and rice mixture to the cooker (with the water) and let them cook till three whistles.
- Turn off the gas and let the Khichdi soften in its own heat.
Serve Moong Ki Khichdi in a bowl with pickle and curd.
Tips to make your Khichdi interesting
Swap the grains: Infuse more fibre in your plate by adding 2-3 tbsp of Millet, Ragi, or broken Wheat to your Khichdi.
Serve with Curry: Khichdi transforms from being a morning staple to a dinnertime delicacy when served with Gujarati curry instead of sour yoghurt.
Over to you
When you binged all through the weekend, Moong Khichdi makes for a great balance of nutrients. How do you like it — like a sickly meal or a palate cleanser to prepare your body for the next weekend party or as morning staple to keep your system healthy on a regular basis? We’d love to hear your opinions, queries, and recipe suggestions.