Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lentil & Mixed Veg Risotto / Mushurir Daler Khichudi

My favourite comfort food. What's better that a plate of screaming hot, soft and creamy khichudi with a dollop of homemade ghee on top? This is a well balanced one pot meal with almost equal quantities of whole grains, protein and vegetables.

Brown Rice - 3/4 cup
Masoor Dal / Red Lentils - 1 cup
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Green Chilli - 3, finely chopped
Onion - 1/2, chopped
Ginger - 1 inch, grated
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Roasted Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Roasted Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 1/4 tsp
Mixed Vegetables - Carrots, Green Beans, Cauliflower - 2 cups - cut into big chunks
Frozen Green Peas - 1/2 cup
Tomato - 1, chopped
Water - 6 cups

Wash the rice and lentils together and soak in water for a few minutes.
In the meanwhile, heat oil in a big pan. Add cumin seeds and green chillies and saute for a minute. Then add the chopped onion. Cook till onion gets slightly soft.

Add the mixed vegetables, grated ginger, turmeric, cumin coriander powder and salt. Toss the vegetables well and saute for a couple of minutes on high flame.

Add frozen peas, chopped tomato,  rice and lentil mixture.

Cook in the pressure cooker for 12 minutes after full pressure is reached.

Unlike the dry khichdi, this khichdi will have lots of liquid and the consistency will be very creamy.

Serve hot with a tsp of homemade ghee on top.

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