This is one of BB’s favourite dishes. I too like to make this because this is a fairly easy dish to make and since it’s a one pot dish, you don’t have many dishes to wash post cooking. This is also good to make ahead and just cook it when you need to eat. It is also very versatile as you can play around with the ingredients, especially the vegetables.
Moong Dal Khichdi
- 1 cup basmati rice, soaked in water for 20-30 minutes
- 1/2 cup yellow split moong dal, soaked in water for 20-30 minutes
- 1/2 cup raw peanuts, soaked in hot water for 20-30 minutes
- 1 onion, sliced thinly
- 1 tomato, chopped finely
- 1/2 carrot, cut into 1 inch strips
- 1 potato, cut into 1 inch strips
- 1/2 cup frozen green peas
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp garam masala powder
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 1 tsp grated garlic
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- Once the rice and dal have been soaked for 20-30 minutes, drain them and keep aside.
- Drain the peanuts and keep aside.
- In a pan, heat the oil and saute the cumin and fennel seeds. When they pop, add the garlic and saute for a few seconds and then the ginger and saute for a few seconds.
- Now add the sliced onions and let it brown. Once the onions start browning and start to become translucent, add the other vegetables one by one.
- Now add all the dry spices – red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala and salt and saute for a couple of minutes.
- Add the peanuts and let it cook for a few minutes and then the dal, followed by the rice, stirring in-between.
- Transfer this mixture to a rice cooker and add 1.5 cups of water and cook till done.
- If you are cooking this on the stove top, keep an eye on the water levels and add more water, if needed to cook the rice and dal to the consistency you like.
This is a complete meal in itself with carbs from the rice, protein from the dal and fibre from the vegetables.
You can add other vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, beans etc to increase the nutritive value of the meal as well as if you are planning to make for more people. The above recipe was perfect for a single meal for four adults.
This can be served with crisps or chips and a raita of your choice.