Khichdi made out of rice and yellow lentils(mag ni dal). This is supposed to be very light on the stomach and is usually had when people are not feeling well, have stomach upsets. The khichdi is usually served with kadhi( a sweet think yogurt gravy). It’s very good for health.
Basmati Rice – 2 cups
Yellow Moong dal(Mag ni dal) - 3/4 cup
Ginger – A small piece
Green Chillies – 2-3
Peppercorns – 1 tsp
Freshly grounded pepper powder – ½ tsp
Freshly grounded cumin powder – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 ½ tsp
Cinnamon - 1 stick
Bay leaves -1-2
Turmeric – 1 tsp
Asafetida – a pinch
Salt to taste
Ghee – 2 tbsps
Curry leaves – A sprig
Wash and soak the rice and dal together for about an hour, this will ensure water retention and cook the khichdi better.
In a pan , Take some ghee, Add the cumin seeds and whole black peppercorns(while adding peppercorns, crush one or 2 peppercorns, cinnamon stick and Bay leaves and let them fry. When the peppers burst add the grated Ginger and finely chopped chillies and let it fry, add asafetida, Add the curry leaves and fry. Now pour this in the soaked rice and dal, add turmeric, salt, freshly grounded pepper powder and the freshly grounded cumin powder. Mix well. Add water to one inch above level of rice and pressure cook it upto 4 whistles. Once you open the cooker your Khichdi is ready. Serve it hot with some hot melted ghee and Kadhi.