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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Split Green Gram & Rice Porridge (Dala Khechedi) (Moong Dal Khichdi)

Indian Vegetarian Main Course Special
Odiya Cuisine
Split Green Gram & Rice Porridge (Dala Khechedi) (Moong Dal Khichdi)
Serves 2

Ingredients:
Medium Grain Raw Rice- ½ Cup
Split Green Moong Dal (Muga Dali)- ½ Cup

Mustard Oil (Kacchi Ghani Sarson Tel) & Ghee- 2 Tbsp.
Bay leaf (Teja Patra)- 2
Cinnamon (Dalchini)- 1 Inch Stick
Cumin Seeds (Jeera)-
Star Anise- 2
Sunflower Seeds-
Melon Seeds-
Raisins (Kismis)-
Onions- 1 No., Finely Chopped
Ginger (Ada)- 1 Inch, Crushed & Finely Chopped
Green Chillies (Lanka)- 2, Finely Chopped
Turmeric Powder (Haladi)- 1 Tsp.
Salt (Luna)- To Taste
Water- about 2- ½ to 3 Cups

Method:
Wash & Soak Rice- Dal together for at least 30-45 Minutes Keep Aside 
In a Pressure Pan, Heat Mustard Oil & Ghee till Smoking Point
Add Bay leaf, Cinnamon Stick, Cumin Seeds, Star Anise & Sauté till Fragrant
Add Onions, Ginger & Sauté
Add Sunflower Seeds, Melon Seeds, Raisins
Sauté till Seeds change Color to light Golden & the Raisins Fluff
Add Rice, Dal and Mix on Low Flame for about 1 Minute

Add Water, Salt, Turmeric Powder & Pressure Cook till the Rice-Dal are done

Just before Serving add a dash of Ghee!  

Serve Hot with any Simple Aloo Preparation or Aloo Beans Tarkari, Papad, Curd!

Tips:
Most Indians I know have expressed the same opinion as us- Khichdi is the Ultimate Soul Food!
I have added Melon & Sunflower Seeds here which are optional & can stick to the Original Cashewnuts & Raisins Combo instead
Can add Fried Coconut Slices

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

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