Above is a image that is so common in Indian Kitchens that anyone can know what is going to cook now. The usual mixture of lentil and rice can create as many dishes as there are number of kitchens in the country. The blend is a perfect balance (not necessarily the same lentil everytime), it creates a balanced meal for a Vegetarian. A meal which is not only very economical and simple but thoroughly fulfilling too. And it is none other than, ‘The Khichdi’
Dear Humble khichdi or Khichri however you want to spell it, it is one of the simplest meals of the world. Here I have a personal favorite blend – Black spilt lentils and rice. The combination is otherwise most commonly used in the World famous Dosa and Idliy, but here we have a comforting dish that is good for a cold evening, when you are draped with laziness, feeling hungry, have not much time and have no internet 😁(as otherwise your fingers will open the delivery app and order something from a takeaway😏)
So lets see the ingredients :
- 1 /2 cup of Black Spilt Lentils-the Kaali Daal
- 1 cup of Basmati Rice
- 1 tbsp Cow Milk Ghee
- 1/2 tsp jeera / Cumin seeds
- 1/4 tsp Asafoetida powder
- 1/2 tsp of roasted jeera powder
- 1/2 tsp of Ginger powder / Saunth
- salt to taste
- Additional Ghee
Start with soaking the lentils in normal water for at least 20 – 30 minutes. The soaking will help in reducing your cooking time, and in turn save your time and LPG too.
Drain it after 20 minutes and keep it ready
Start with heating Ghee in a deep thick bottom pan (which is good for slow cooking). I use pressure cookers.
Add Cumin seeds, Asafoetida, add soaked rice and saute for a couple of minutes
Add salt to you taste.
Add 3 cups of water (double to our total rice and lentil)
Let is cook on a slow heat for at least 10 minutes. The final texture is a smooth consistency
I usually do pressure cooking, hence it takes me around 4-5 whistles on a low flame.
If the consistency is dry like regular rice than add hot water to adjust. The smoothness adds to the flavor of the final dish.
Serve it in a Thali or any broad plate. Sprinkle Roasted cumin powder and ginger powder
Now pour hot ghee all over it to do the final tempering. The sizzling ghee will give it an additional flavor and add nutritional value to the meal. Giving you a good night sleep and a very happy morning (you know what I mean😁) Add sliced tomatoes to side to have a fresh flavor . The traditional condiments are green Chutney, pickles and poppadom, and there is a saying.
“Khichdi ke teen yaar -Chutney Papad aur Aachar ”
खिचड़ी के तीन यार – चटनी पापड़ और अचार literally meaning that there are 3 close friends of Khichdi-chutney poppadom and pickles.
Kaali Daal Khichdi