This is the quick and tasty time saving recipe that I use a lot these days.I got this recipe from Alka’s place last year as I was looking for simple yet filling one pot meals.I must have made this loads of times, given that I have a pressure pan cooker it literally takes 15 minutes to make this recipe.I make a simple kadhi to go with this khichdi on the side while the khichdi is cooking.Boondi raitha or carrot/tomato raitha is also a good option along with pickles to go with this khichdi.
Sometimes I add vegetables or methi leaves while I make this khichdi.I did not exactly follow Alka’s recipe the first time I tried as I did not have red masoor dal so I added moong dal, since then I add any of the dals I have in hand, masoor or even whole moong(green).It tastes different every time with the different dals you use.I also changed the rice to dal ratios according to our taste.
Ingredients(that I use):
Toor Daal-1/2 cup
Moong dal- 1/2 cup
Rice- 3/4 cup
Tomatoes- 2 roma tomatoes, finely chopped
Methi leaves-5 tbsp chopped or one small cube(frozen)
Turmeric Powder -1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder -3/4 tsp
Sambar powder- 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds -1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/4 tsp
Oil- 2 tbsp
Few curry leaves
Since I have a pressure pan cooker, I cook it all in one pot instead of tempering at the end like the original recipe.
Wash and soak the rice and dals together for atleast 15 minutes.In the cooker pan, add oil and hing when it sizzles, add mustard seeds.When the seeds splutter, add cumin seeds and curry leaves.Add the chopped tomatoes(and methi leaves if you use methi), stir well, add salt,turmeric powder,red chili powder, sambhar powder and stir well again.
Add atleast 6-7 cups of water to the pan(for the amount of rice mentioned here) and add the rice and dal. Stir once to mix,cover and pressure cook till two whistles. Once the pressure is released,mash the rice according to the consistency you like(add more lukewarm water if necessary).
Serve the khichdi with kadhi or papad or raitha with pickles! Best comfort food ever, if you ask me.
This Mirani Khichdi is going to Priya’s Cooking with seeds- Mung beans event.