Till few months ago, never made Khichdi at home. Always when we look for a quick lunch on busy weekends, it was pongal as everything can be thrown into a pot and it cooks. In no time lunch is ready. But for pongal my family likes it with gojju or chutney. Once I realized how easy and great tasting Khichdi is, this has become my quick lunch, one pot meal on busy days. I have made it so many times. It also has veggies and some flavoring in it, so no need to make anything for the side dish. Such a satisfying meal. Whenever I make this dish it is gone in no time, kids also love this mild flavored rice dish. It is a good balance of veggies, carb and protein.
rice 1 cup
moong dhal 1/2 cup
oil 5 tsp
mustard seeds 1 tsp
ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
onion 1 sliced long
beans cut long 1/2 cup
carrot cut long 1/2 cup
zucchini cut long 1/2 cup
green chilly 3
turmeric 1/2 tsp
salt to taste
garam masala 1 tsp
water 4 cups
ghee/clarified butter 1/2 cup for serving
Soak moong dhal in water for 10-15 mins. Wash the rice and set aside.
Heat oil in a large pressure pan, add mustard seeds and let crackle.
Add ginger garlic paste, onion, beans, carrot, green chillies, and zucchini. Saute for 2-3 mins.
Add the washed rice, moong dhal, turmeric, salt, garam masala and continue to sauté for 3 more minutes.
Pour in the measured 4 cups of water and close the lid of the pan.
Let this pressure cook for 4 whistles.
Turn of the heat and let sit for 5 mins for the pressure to come down.
Note: optional: Mix it with a spoon once so that the rice gets a lil mushy.
Serve piping hot khichdi with a tablespoon of ghee. Yum, Yum!!!