Wednesday, February 17, 2010

North Indian Kichchadi - My Way

It was one of those "I don't want to cook; don't want to do any extensive cutting work; don't want to eat out (it had just stopped snowing, the roads were bad and snow ploughs just came out) either, but want a healthy, tasty and comforting home-cooked meal for dinner" days. And yes, agreed! I have way too many conditions, yet I managed to indulge in a very delicious and wholesome meal :-). Here goes my version of North Indian kichchadi...

Ingredients (2 - 3 servings):

Uncooked rice - 1 cup (using a measuring cup)
Masoor dhal - 1/4 cup (using a measuring cup)
Toor dhal - 1/4 cup (using a measuring cup)
Turmeric powder - a couple of pinches
Salt to taste

For seasoning:

Cooking oil - 2 to 3 tablespoons
Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Asafoetida - a couple of pinches
Green chillies - 3 to 4 finely chopped (adjust this to suit your taste)
Freshly grated ginger - 1 tablespoon
Garlic - a couple of cloves finely chopped
Fresh cilanto - a few strands finely chopped

Procedure:

1. Pressure cook rice, masoor dhal, toor dhal and turmeric powder with about 5 - 6 cups (using a measuring cup) of water until the rice and dhals get absolutely soft and easy to mash. Add salt and mash them with the back of a ladle once they are done.
2. In a pan, heat some cooking oil, pop mustard seeds, add asafoetida, cumin seeds, green chillies, grated ginger and garlic, mix everything well for a few seconds and transfer the contents to the pressure cooked rice and dhal from step 1 and mix well once again.
3. Garnish with chopped cilantro and enjoy with a side of plain yogurt.

Nothing could have beat this comforting meal that day!

30 comments:

shahana said...

Never tried kichadi before.But your's looks tempting.So planning to do it tomorrow it self.

kitchen queen said...

lovely delicious and healthy khicdi.

cookcurrynook said...

Wow! I know what you're talking about. To me, pongal and kichdi are perfect comfort foods. Added to it, they hardly ever take much time to dish up.
Slurp, slurp!! :)

Rekha shoban said...

looks yummy and hungry...nice combo with raitha..

Jagruti said...

Love khichdi any time!!!never with masoor daal...just made yesterday evening...

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely khichidi... my comfort food for cold snowy days too!

Tina said...

Looks yummyyyyy....

Padhu said...

Comforting khichidi!

Deepa G Joshi said...

comfort food,loved by all..

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Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Hey Anu this is a different version gal... Looks very comforting and healthy too!!!

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PJ said...

I totally agree with u,this is what i prepare when i am not in a mood to cook anything elaborate.

AshKuku said...

I love kichdi..... & in the north they usually prepare it on Saturdays to cut the bhaari effect of shanichar..... hence I prepare it on a Saturday too.. This time I prepared a good kichdi with all veggies in it.... Turned out EXCELLENT!!!! I would post it soon...

Your prep looks mouthwatering.....

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

shanthi said...

Simple and comfortable dish

Pari said...

Hi. This my comfort food too and like it thin and soft with pickle and papad.

Preety said...

this really is a comfort food, love to eat with yogurt and pickle on side

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

kichdi looks smooth and creamy. perfect :)

ARUNA said...

Nice color, looks yummo!

Babli said...

Looks delicious and colourful. Very healthy food.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey,
First time here. The Kichadi looks great. And you are in New Hampshire? I am just a couple of states away from you. :).
- Cool Lassie
http://pangravykadaicurry.blogspot.com

AnuSriram said...

This is new to me.. Looks so comforting!

Kumudha said...

Kichidi looks delicious!

Thanks for the nutritious recipe...

Malar Gandhi said...

Ha ha...I always end up having roomates, just like you:) I love to cook for my friends...I really do enjoy chopping and spending my time before the stove, he he.

I love the way you made this kitchri...your way sounds tastee, never used masoor dhall so much in my cooking, need to check that out:)

Suparna said...

I'm in for khichi anytime :) I've been reading many versions of khichdi in the blogsphere in the recent times...thanks for ur version too! such recipes are always welcome!!
TC

Arti said...

healthy khichdi....yum

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Mythreyi Dilip said...

I haven't tasted or tried a north Indian kichidi. Yours looks very delicious, thanks for the recipe da:)

Rohini said...

Looks yummy da.. I agree completely, I mostly make Khichdis when I am not in a mood of elaborate cooking... And I add some onion,tomato too...
Loved ur version!

Anupama said...

Like your variation of Khichadi. I normally make it with Moong Dal. But Masoor and Toor sounds great.

Babli said...

Wish you and your family a very Happy Holi.

Hari Chandana said...

I loved this recipe.. First time here.. Nice blog.. )

Sharmilee! :) said...

Never tried kichadi before.Your's look perfect!