Masala Khichdi Recipe, Vegetable Khichdi, Moong Dal Masala Khichdi
Masala khichdi is the comfort food, especially during summers. It also serves the best meal after a long wedding or vacation season to give rest to your tummy. It is light and easy to prepare yet tastes amazing. The veggies and ghee component in the masala khichdi make it a nutritious and wholesome meal.
As it is a one-pot meal it hardly takes any time to cook. When you are not in a mood to cook elaborate meals after a long day or during summers in scorching heat, this comes to the rescue. You can adjust the spices and pretty much everything to make this as per your taste.
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How to Prepare –
This recipe doesn’t need any much of preparation. Wash and soak rice and dal (of your choice) for 10 – 15 mins. Make sure to clean 4-5 times or till water comes out clean. Cut the vegetables of your choice. I personally like onions, tomatoes and peas in this khichdi. If you like a bit of sweetness you can also add carrots and potatoes. Keep spices ready. Rinse rice and dal just before you start cooking.
How to make Masala Khichdi –
The ghee is the main ingredient which gives an aromatic flavour to the khichdi, so do not substitute it for anything else unless necessary. In ghee add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, whole red chilli, asafetida and turmeric powder. Asafetida gives a nice flavour to the dish and helps in easy digestion. Add vegetables of your choice and cook them properly.
I like my khichdi to be mild hence I use minimum spices you can also add ginger, garlic, whole spices, kasuri methi and garam masala if you wish too. If you like spicy food, you can add kanda-lehsun (Maharashtrian spice) as well. Cook all the veggies well with spices. Add soaked and rinsed rice and dal. Roast for 2-3 mins. Add enough water as per your preference. Adding water 4-5 times of rice and dal will yield nice loose khichdi. If you like a thicker consistency add less water. Moong dal tends to thicken the dish so if you are serving it a bit later make it slightly loose.
Whenever I am not in a mood to cook much all I do is pick up recipes which are simple to cook yet healthy and delicious. My favorites would be – Desi Style Macaroni Pasta, Lemon Rice, Tomato Rice, Matar Pulao with Spinach, Dilli Wali Aloo Tikki Chaat Recipe, Veg Mayo Sandwich, Veg Chowmein