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Friday, April 13, 2012

Khichri. A Complete Meal by Itself

“Kya Birbal ki khichri paka rahe ho?”

How often had you heard this comment whenever you were slow in getting the work done?

Well, according to the legend, during the time of Nawabs in Awadh, Birbal, one of the wisest and the wittiest men in the court of the grand Mughals had taken infinitely long time to cook a perfect khichri. It had to take long because he had substituted almonds slivers for rice and pistachio granules for the green moong lentils.  

That rich khichri could pass for Mughals and elite but for a common person like me, a khichri is just the mixture of lentils and rice with the tadka of mustard seeds to be eaten with curd and papad during the time the stomach is too bad to digest any spicy food.

This delicacy is enjoyed in every culture, mostly during fast when cereals and grains are taboo and Saboodane ki khichri is preferred. In the month of Magh, it is considered obligatory for every pious Hindu to eat ‘Maash ki Khichri’ at least once during the month.

Indeed! This is one dish that is relished in all parts of India. You travel to the different parts of India, you get to see the variation of this dish. 

Go to Hyderabad, and you will be served breakfast with Khichri and Kheema, go to Rajasthan and you will have an unusual Baajre ki Khichri served with glass of Lassi, In Bengal it has its own version of Khichuri  ritually prepared in a celebratory way which is in no way inferior to pulav or briyani.

And this exactly is the dish I enjoy during DeviMata festival, when I go for langar (community meals) and this delicious kitchri is served with fried eggplant, lime pickle, and rosgollas.

It’s easy to make too

All we need is the right ingredients and the will to cook

Step one
Soak the mixture of 1 cup rice and 1 cup moong dhal for half an hour

Step two
Collect all the ingredients.

Step three
In a pan, heat 1 tbsp oil, add 2 bay leaves, 1 inch cinnamon sticks, 2 split green cardamoms, 2 cloves, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp crushed garlic, 1 tsp crushed ginger, 3 chopped green chilies, stir and add 1 finely chopped onions, 1 chopped carrot, 1 chopped potato, 100gms peas, 2 finely chopped tomatoes.

Step four
Add the mixture of soaked rice and lentil, add salt, 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp garam masala, 1 tsp red chilie powder,  mix and add 2 glasses of water and let it cook

Step five
Mash it when cooked; keep it covered on a low flame for 5 minutes

Garnish with lime juice and coriander leaves

Serve with deep fried eggplant and deep fried rice wafers.

Remember: Khichdi can made into a gooey texture, a porridge like consistency, by increasing the quantity of water by approx 2-4 cups


Shobha said...

I came across your blog from Thursday Challenge..
Khichri...seems to have stories linked to reminded me of one too when a friend of ours invited us for a khichri and card session..we went, she welcomed us...the card game started and NO KHICHDI SERVED..all forgotten..we had to remind her of her promise because we were all starving..

pushpee said...

That must have been a great fun :))
Welcome to my space Shobha :))

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