Vegetable Khichadi is a mix of rice and lentils with a addition of mixed vegetables . The Khichadi is a mushy one pot meal .
Vegetable Khichadi is a regular feature at home , I keep changing the lentil and cooking method for variation . Today’s Khichadi has pigeon pea / toor daal and in equal proportions, which gives the Khichadi a good flavor of the daal . When we had the hotel , our restaurant chef made amazing Khichadi , and even though it was not on the menu we had guests coming in just for Khichadi . He would normally mix the rice lentil and vegetables and pressure cook , but at times would cook rice and daal and later add the veggies . I somehow like this version better .
You can choose the Vegetables , I normally have a mix of beans , peas , potatoes, cauliflower . I avoid carrots as they lend a sweet taste . If at all I add they would be in grated form . Using just potatoes and peas tastes fantastic too . Onion and garlic in Khichadi makes it gourmet , seriously ! The day I have guests I add these two ingredients plus some extra ghee .
Ghee is important in a Khichadi as it gives a beautiful sheen to the Khichadi plus lends a wonderful aroma and flavour . Of course if you are off ghee or a vegan use oil , you will still love this one pot comfort meal .
Vegetable Khichadi is my Day1 post under the theme One Pot Meals
1/2 cup rice
1/2 cup pigeon pea dal
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes , finely chopped
2 green chillies , roughly chopped
1 cup boiled peas, cauliflower and potatoes
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp kitchen king masala
Ghee for serving
Salt to taste
Wash and soak the daal and rice for 15-20 minutes .
Pressure cook with salt and pinch turmeric powder for 3 whistles .
Open the cooker after the pressure releases.
In another pan add oil.
Add cumin seeds.
Immediately add onions, sauté till translucent .
Add ginger garlic paste and green chillies .
After a minute add tomatoes .
Cook till mushy .
Add the cooked khichadi from the cooker .
Check the consistency , add water if needed.
Mix in the boiled vegetables.
Cook for a few minutes.
Serve with hot ghee .