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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Split Green Gram Lentil & Rice Porridge (Moong Dal Khichdi)

Indian Vegetarian Main Course Special
Madhya Pradesh/Punjabi/Uttar Pradesh Cuisine
Split Green Gram Lentil & Rice Porridge (Moong Dal Khichdi)
Quick, Easy and Smart Usage of Available Items at Home!
Serves 4

Ingredients:
Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil & Ghee- 1 Tbsp.
Medium Grain Rice (Chawal)- 1 Cup
Split Green Gram Lentil (Yellow Moong Dal)- ½ Cup

Cumin Seeds (Jeera)- 1 Tsp.
Onions- 1 No., Finely Chopped
Ginger- 1 Inch, Crushed & Finely Chopped
Green Chillies- 2, Finely Chopped
Tomatoes- 1, Finely Chopped (Optional)
Fresh Coriander Leaves- 1 Tbsp., Finely Chopped (Optional)

Method:
Heat Oil & Ghee in a Pressure Pan
Add Cumin Seeds and Sauté
Add Onions, Ginger, Green Chillies and Sauté
Add Rice, Moong Dal and Mix Well
Add Water, Cover and Pressure cook on Medium High Flame for about 3 Whistles
Turn the Flame off and Serve Hot with Set Curd, Pickle, Papad, and a little extra Ghee on top!
Tips:
Can add De Stringed, Finely Chopped & Par Boiled French Beans & Carrots
Can add Baby Corn, Spring Onions optionally
This Khichdi would be a Perfect Quick 30 Minutes Recipe


Ayurvedic Texts suggests that our Health exists when the 3 Doshas- Vata (Wind), Pitta (Bile)
and Kapha (Phlegm) of the body stay in harmony. Ayurveda/Naturpathy does have a Cure for most Dosha Imbalances through a Strict Regime which includes proper Diet & Lifestyle, Herbal Preparations, Exercise & Tranquillity Routine like Yoga & Meditation, Ayurvedic Therapies & Panchakarma (for Deep Cleansing Process)
So, as our Mind-Body balance needs rejuvenation, ditch the strict Healthy Food once in a Week and indulge in Some Gorging Yummy Food. Don’t forget to De-Toxify and Calm your System with some Mild Comfort Food and this is where Khichdi helps. This can be had after a Long Tiring day/Stomach Upset/Female Menstrual Days or just a Quick Fix with Leftover Vegetables

Variations:
Can prepare this Dish in a Non Stick Deep Bottom Pot instead of a Pressure Cooker
If preparing in a Pressure Cooker, just add Vegetables like Chopped French Beans & Carrots with the Rice
For a Complete Meal with Rich Exotic Flavours, and add Ghee in the Beginning and while Serving, Cinnamon Stick, Chopped Potatoes, Whole Red Chillies, Red Chilli Powder, Fennel Seeds Powder (Kuti Saunf), Fenugreek Seeds Powder (Kuti Methi), Garam Masala Powder, and Crushed Dried Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi)

Feel free to share your views & do let us know how this one turned out :) 

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