Brown Rice Khichdi

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This delicious and nutritious Brown Rice Khichdi can be put together in less than 1/2 hour, is super tasty and is an ultimate comfort food.
We love Khichdi’s at home. A Khichdi is nothing but a one pot meal of Rice, Dal or Lentils and optionally vegetables. I make about 4 types of Khichdi and really this is one of those dishes that you can improvise and modify to suit your taste buds.
I especially like making this one pot meal when I am pressed for time and when the weather is getting colder, very comforting for the fall/winter weather.

You will need (Serves 4):
1 cup Brown Rice
1/2 cup Moong Dal
1/2 cup Masoor Dal
1 tbsp Channa Dal
1 Medium sized Onion – Peel, Wash and Chop into cubes
4 to 5 Green Chillies – Wash and chop fine
1 tbsp Grated Ginger
2 Medium Potatoes – Peel, Wash and Chop into cubes
1/4 cup Frozen or Fresh Green Peas
You can even add any other veggies of your choice

Combine the Brown Rice and Dals, wash and soak for about 10 minutes while you get everything else ready.

DSC_0627DSC_06322 tbsp Ghee
1 tbsp Oil (or use 3 tbsp Ghee if you like)
1 few cloves
1 Elaichi or Cardamom
2 small pieces cinnamon
1 star anise (optional)
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Red chilli Powder
1 1/2 tsp Dhaniya Powder / Coriander Powder
2 tsp Khichdi Masala (Optional) – I use this Khichdi masala. It adds a wonderful flavor to the Khichdi, but if you don’t have any, do not worry. The Khichdi will taste good even without this masala.
DSC_0638Method:
1. In a pressure cooker or pressure pan , heat the ghee and oil. When the ghee is hot add the whole masalas (cloves, cinnamon, elaichi, anise etc.). Saute for a minute. Then add the chopped onion, green chillies and ginger and saute until the onions are transparent.

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2. Then add the chopped potatoes and green peas (and other veggies) and saute for about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the dry powders and mix well.

DSC_0636DSC_06373. Saute for about 5 minutes. Then drain all the water from the soaked rice and dal. Add the soaked rice and dal into the veggie mixture and fry well for about 4 to 5 minutes.

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4. After the rice and dal mixture is sauteed well, add salt and mix well.
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5. Add about 4 cups of water and mix well. Optionally in this step you may add some grated coconut. This usually gives a very nice flavor to the Khichdi.
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6. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook for 3 whistles. After 3 whistles turn off the stove and allow the pressure to cool completely before opening. The yummy Khichdhi should be ready 🙂

Khichdi is ready!!

Khichdi is ready!!

Garnish with chopped cilantro/coriander and Serve delicious piping hot Brown Rice Khichdi with some papad. Here Brown Rice Khichdi is served with Cucumber salad and papad.

Delicious Brown Rice Khichdi served with Cucumber Salad and Papad.

Delicious Brown Rice Khichdi served with Cucumber Salad and Papad.

DSC_0651Happy Cooking!!

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