Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Five Lentils & Rice Porridge (Panchmel Dal ki Khichdi)

Indian Vegetarian Main Course Special 
Rajasthani Cuisine
Five Lentil Rice Porridge (Panchmel Dal ki Khichdi)
Serves 2

One of the best methods to get these colorfully blended 5 different Lentils in this One Pot Dish!

Extra Light Olive Oil/Olive Pomace Oil- ½ Tbsp.
Clarified Butter (Ghee)- 1 Tbsp.
Rice (Chawal)- 1 Cup
Split Bengal Gram Lentil (Chana Dal)- 2 Tbsp.
Split Pigeon Pea- (Toor Dal/Arhar Dal)- 2 Tbsp.
Whole Red Lentil (Sabut Masoor)- 2 Tbsp.
Whole Green Gram Lentil (Sabut Moong)- 1.5 Tbsp.
Skinless Split Black Gram Dal (Dhuli Urad Dal)- 1.5 Tbsp.
Cumin Seeds (Jeera)- 1 Tsp.
Onions- 1 No., Finely Chopped
Ginger- 1 Inch, Finely Chopped
Green Chillies- 2, Slit
Green Peas- about 1 Tbsp., (Optional)
Sweet Corn- about 1 Tbsp., (Optional)
Tomatoes- 1 No., Finely Chopped
Fresh Coriander Leaves- 1 Tbsp., Finely Chopped

Clean, Wash & Soak Rice & Dals for 15 Minutes
Heat Oil & 1/2 Tbsp. Ghee in a Pressure Pan
Add Cumin Seeds and Sauté
Add Onions, Ginger, Green Chillies and Sauté
Add Peas, Sweet Corn & Sauté
Add Rice, Five Dals and Mix Well
Add Water, Cover and Pressure Cook on Medium High Flame for about 3 Whistles
Wait till the Cooker Lid Loosens up
Serve the Khichdi Hot with Pickle, Papad, Set Curd/Raita and Add the Remaining Ghee!

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.

So, a Light Khichdi can be an Option after a Long Tiring day/Stomach Upset/Menstrual Time (especially on the Second Day) or just a Quick Fix with Leftover Vegetables

The Rice used should be preferably Medium or Short Grain which cooks easily

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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