Thursday, March 17, 2011

Khichdi Pulao: Simple Comfort Food

Before you go WTH on me, let me clarify that I am posting this on a friend's request. I know khichdi is the most ubiquitous form of rice but this one is not meant for sickness! Its very easy to make and it tastes really, really good. Makes enough for two hungry people. Accompaniments include butter, ghee, poppadums, pickle, and yogurt.

Step 1: Soak two cups of rice and a handful each of yellow moong and masoor lentils in four cups of water, after washing them thoroughly. I used brown rice so I soaked this for about two hours however, with regular white rice, you may soak them for 15 minutes in three cups of water or skip this step altogether.

 Step 2: Chop two medium sized onions and two green chillies. Add more if you like it hot!

Step 3: Heat two to three tablespoons ghee in a pressure cooker. Add one pod black cardamom (badi elaichi) and two tsp cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds begin to splutter, add the chopped onions and green chillies. Cook till the onions become golden brown and are slightly caramelized. At this stage, add salt to taste and a teaspoon of turmeric powder.

Step 4: Add the soaked rice and lentils along with water. Close the pressure cooker and give it one whistle for white rice, and about 4-6 whistles when using brown rice. Here's the final result: 

Pretty simple isn't it? 

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