Saturday, April 9, 2011

Vegetable Khichdi

Khichdi is basically a dish of rice and lentils,my favorite comfort food that lulls me in to a sense of all'z well ! Also spelt as khichri, khichadi, khichadee it has its own regional versions across India with choice vegetables and lentils added to suit their palate. Generally veggies like cauliflower,peas and beans are added to the lentils-rice and cooked till mushy with very little or no spices. That is the reason why sick people and even infants are given the dish because it is easily digestible and has a soothing effect on the tummy. I My version has bengal gram for the lentils with cauliflower and beans for the veggies. Grated coconut and chopped coriander give the finishing touch to this true comfort dish ! I have tempered the dish with mustard though it is optional.

What goes:-
  • Rice - 1 cup
  • Bengal Gram - 1/2 cup - can use moong dal
  • Cauliflower,Beans - 1/2 cup (washed n chopped)- add peas,carrot or choice veggies
  • Clarified Butter - 1 to 2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Asafoetida - a pinch or two
  • Black Peppercorn - 1 tsp
  • Green Chillis - 2  (halved n sliced) - to taste
  • Cloves - 3 to 4
  • Coriander - few sprigs (finely chopped)
  • Grated Coconut - 2 to3 tbsp - optional
  • Water - as required 
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Heat a thick bottomed pan and drizzle the ghee, allow mustard seeds to splutter. Add turmeric powder and stir in the washed lentils and rice. Fry it for a few minutes before adding the cut vegetables and the required water. Sprinkle the asafoetida and let it cook for 10-15 minutes. Now add the green chillis,pepper corns,cloves and required salt. Mix well and again cook it till done. It is imperative the mix becomes mushy.

Garnish with coriander and coconut. Enjoy with papads,curd or accompaniments of your choice !


  1. Super breakfast loaded with veggie's...hmmm.. thatz a good way to start a day !!!

  2. A bowl full of comfort n nutrition- love it anytime!

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  3. Thats my kind of comfort food.Yummy.

  4. Aahhh...most comforting dish.

  5. What a healthy combo! It looks delicious...

  6. I've never had Khichadi like this.. I have eaten only rava Kichadi.. This looks very yummy... May be I'll try... :-)

  7. Healthy kichadi! Love the addition of coconut.

  8. Wat a filling,hearty and healthy khichdi,truly inviting..

  9. What a comforting one pot meal!!
    Yummy n healthy!!!

  10. Oh, I love khichidi, its such a comfort food to me..your looks so inviting and delicious!Love those slit green chillies on top..mmm...simply great!

  11. Yum! priya i loved the kichadi- making me hungry!

  12. Wow! Kitchidi looks perfect. Love to have some.

  13. Yummy and healthy,absolute comfort food.

  14. Amma used to make when she doesn't get much time to make full fledged meal. This is ultimate comfort food.

  15. mouth watering and tempting khichdi.

  16. Looks yummy and simple priya! :P :P

  17. Khichdi makes me hungry,absolutely divine.

  18. Love to have them now!!! ;)

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