Monday, 17 April 2017

Kadhi Khichdi

Kadhi khichdi is the simplest Gujarati dish that I've ever had. It is very light and tasty. It has all the ingredients that are good for digestion which makes it a must have during summers. It is a no onion and garlic recipe. If you are a beginner then this recipe is definitely for you! No master chef skills or patience is required.


Ingredients:

For Kadhi:

Curd - 250ml
Gram flour (Besan) - 1 tbsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Ginger - 1 inch
Green chillies - 4-5
Red chilli powder (Optional) - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste

For Tadka:

Curry leaves - 8-10
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Ghee - 2 tsp

For Khichdi:

Moong dal - 1/4 cup
Rice - 1 cup
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Coriander (chopped) - 1 tbsp

Method:

Khichdi:

  • Soak moong dal and rice for about 1 hr before cooking. This step is optional but recommended. 
  • In a pressure cooker add rice, moong dal, turmeric powder and salt.
  • Add 3 cups of water for 1 cup rice and 1/4 cup moong dal. If you want your khichdi to be little more watery or a little drier then you can increase or decrease the quantity of water. 
  • Cook it for one whistle on high flame and one on low flame. That's it. Keep it aside. 

Kadhi:

  • Mix besan and curd very well. There should not be any lumps.
  • Once it is mixed properly add about 250 ml of water while stirring it. Mix salt, turmeric and red chilli as well. Most important part of the recipe is done!!!
  • Heat a pan. Add ghee. 
  • Add mustard seeds, asafoetida and cumin seeds. Make sure that the flame is low. Let them splutter. 
  • Add grated ginger and slit green chillies.
  •  Add curry leaves. Immediately add besan and curd mixture while stirring. Some people add curry leaves after adding this mixture. Both the ways it will taste good. Adding it in tadka gives very nice flavour but there is a chance that it might burn. So make sure that flame is low before adding curd and besan mixture.
  • Increase the flame now. Keep on stirring it. Stirring is important otherwise gram flour will stick to the bottom.
  • Add sugar. Sugar is a part of authentic Gujarati kadhi. However, if you don't like sugar then you can skip this part.
  • Once it is boiled you can turn off the stove.
Kadhi khichdi is ready. Garnish it with coriander leaves. Add ghee while serving too. Ghee will enhance the taste of the dish. 😋 Do try this recipe, if you like it then let me know in the comment section below. 😊



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