Khichdi is one dish, which when thought of gives the impression that it is being prepared because of some illness. However, khichdi is that comfort food which you can cook anytime for your loved ones irrespective of the illness, as its truly delicious and nutritious. It’s a common assumption that khichdi is tasteless, but here is a delicious version of khichdi recipe that has a lot of veggies in it and it is so tasty that no one will be able to say no to it!
1/2 cup moong dal
1 bay leaf
1 pinch asafoetida
1 large onion
1/2 teaspoon powdered turmeric
black pepper as required
3 tablespoon ghee
1 cup rice
1 inch grated ginger
salt as required
4 cup water
1 handful coriander leaves
For The Main Dish
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup green beans
Firstly, wash the dal and rice in running water and then soak together for at least for 30 minutes in a large bowl. Put this bowl aside.
Meanwhile, peel and chop onions in large pieces in a bowl. Peel and grate carrot in another bowl, and then chop tomatoes, beans, carrots into small pieces and wash them thoroughly along with peas.
In a pressure cooker, heat ghee on medium flame. When the ghee is hot enough, add bay leaf, cloves, black pepper, asafoetida (hing), along with grated ginger and let them splutter for 30 seconds.
Next, add chopped onions in the cooker and saute till they get light brown in colour. Now, add tomatoes and let them cook till the oil gets separated. Reduce the flame to low and add all the vegetables green beans, peas and carrots. Mix them well.
Then, add soaked dal and rice in the cooker and stir to mix well with the whole spices. Afterwards, add 4 cups of water in the cooker and stir to mix. (Note: The water is according to the dal and rice you have taken.)
Finally add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder in the cooker and mix them. Close the lid of pressure cooker and cook for one whistle. Then lower the flame and let the khichdi cook till 10 minutes. Switch off the burner after 10 minutes.
Let the steam release on its own and serve khichdi hot. Add a spoon of ghee over the khichdi and enjoy! (Optional: You can garnish with coriander leaves for more amazing taste.)