Monday, June 18, 2012

Daliya Khichdi/Broken Wheat Khichdi: Beginner series

I'm happy that in a short time I have made like minded friends here. We go for short walks, shop together & also chat over phone. Not only that, we have started sharing recipes too. One such recipe, I learnt from a friend is this daliya khichdi. Our family liked it so much that, in a week I made it twice. The second time, I did not forget to take the pictures to share it with you all.

A comforting khichdi that is fast to cook, non-spicy, and also rich in fiber, & protein. 

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients: (Serves 4)
Daliya/Broken wheat/Godi nucchu: 1.3 cups
Yellow moong dal/Split & skinned gram dal: 1/2 cup
Mixed vegetables: 2 cups (I used potatoes, carrots, peas, corn & beans)
Red onion: 1 medium sized, cubed
Ghee/Clarified butter: 1 tbsp
Oil:1 tsp
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Asafoetida: a pinch
Turmeric: a big pinch
Curry leaves: 3-4 nos, chopped
Water: 3.5 cups
Salt: According to taste

Special utensils:
Pressure cooker

Method:
  • Wash the broken wheat & moong dal together. Drain the water & keep it aside.
  • Heat the ghee & oil in a pressure cooker. When the ghee is hot, add cumin seeds. When seeds turn golden brown, add curry leaves. When leaves wilt, add asafoetida.
  • Follow it by mixed vegetables (except onion). Saute the vegetables in ghee for a minute.
  • Add the turmeric, broken wheat & dal mixture to the cooker & saute for 2-3 mins on medium heat. The ghee should coat well on the broken wheat, vegetables & dal. 
  • Add the water, salt, red onion to the cooker & let the water boil on a med-high heat.
  • When water starts boiling, close the lid of the pressure cooker. Let it cook on med-high heat.
  • Remove the cooker from the heat after 3 whistles. Let the cooker sit for 5-7 mins or until the pressure is released completely.
  • Mix the khichdi well & serve it with a side dish of your choice. 

Notes:
  • We love to eat this khichdi with plain yogurt, boondi raita, chutney or a vegetable kurma/saagu. Relish it with whatever you like.
  • My friend says, do not try adding green chillies or black pepper. The dish tastes better without any heat!
  • Broken wheat can be easily found in any Indian grocery stores.
  • Broken wheat to water ratio is 1: 2.5 cups.