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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Bajra Khichdi


  Khichdi or khichri needs no introduction in India. It has its roots in South India and is cooked in most households in the country. Prepared using rice and lentils (dals) it is mostly fed to small babies as their first solid food. Khichdi is also a comfort food for most of us owing to the convenience of being able to cook the dish in a single simmering pot. There are many variations to khichdi and it becomes a wholesome food and a complete meal by itself when paired with fresh vegetables and spices. 

Recently this humble dish came into news as Indian set the world record by cooking about 918 kg Khichdi dish at the World Food Indian event in Delhi. The dish was prepared using multigrains lice rice, pulses , coarse cereals and vegetables. The move comes as an attempt to promote the dish as Brand India Super food. The traditional dish - relished by both rich and poor , has been selected because it symbolizes the country's unity in diversity.
Source:http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/food-wine/world-food-india-2017-india-sets-guinness-world-record-with-918kg-of-khichdi-4922382/

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 Khichdi has a story in my life too. When kiran and i met for the first time after our engagement, out of curosity i asked him his favourite dish and guess what ..? he spontaneously answered khichdi ! I was like ..what ?? How can khichdi be anyones favourite dish ? I being a foodie and the fact that i love cooking to the core would learn and cook any dish of the world for him and he just craved for a humble khichdi. The story does not end here. After my marriage , to my surprise, not only he (kiran) alone but everyone in my in-laws family loved khichdi and had it daily for dinner. And the khichdi was mildly spiced and without any vegetables. Poor me..in my parents home we had khichdi only when some one was unwell and hardly once in a month and that too when served with our favourite sweet kadhi. I had no option, until 2 years after marriage, i cooked khichdi for him and dal rice for me as we both were not in a state to sacrifice our comfort food for each other until then. Then as it happens in most of the arrange marriages, we starting caring for each others likes slowly and steadily and today after 14 years of marriage, we have khichdi for our dinner twice a week , my favourite dal rice twice an week and on remaining 3 days of the week we have jeera rice , fried rice or pulav which is our son'd favourite :) Now over the years our khichdi too has got a make over. Instead of having a bland khichdi without veggies, now i cook a multi grain khichdi with loads of fresh vegetables, especially green peas, coriander , carrots, potatoes . It has lots of garlic in it and peanuts for a crunch. I some times even adds sprouts , soya chunks to it.


Coming to the recipe, today i am sharing a delicious and healthy variation to the usual rice and dal khichdi in which  instead of rice, bajra or black lentil is used. Bajra khichdi is popular in the Indian states of Haryana and Rajasthan. A wholesome yet light food option, this khichdi is creamy in consistency , is delicious and a great source of protein , iron and folic acid which makes it a perfect food for pregnant women too. Usually served with plain curd or raita and some salad, this makes a comfort food during winters. The khichdi is mildly spiced and has a unique taste . The traditional recipe does not use any spice powders except the turmeric powder and whole cumin seeds. It does not have any veggies too. I have slightly modified the recipe and added spices and vegetables to suit the taste of my family. A very easy one pot meal which can serve as a breakfast, lunch or brunch.


#Khichdi is the theme for our #118th FoodieMondayBlogHop and this healthy and nutritious bajra khichdi is my contribution towards it. Do check my fellow bloggers post for some more variations of this humble dish.
    
                                     

Preparation time : 8 hours
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves : 4

Ingredients: Measurements used 1 cup = 200 ml

  • 1/2 cup black millet / pearl millet / bajra
  • 1/2 cup skinned and split green gram / dhuli moong dal
  • 1/4 cup fresh green peas
  • 1 carrot finely chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds / jeera
  • Pinch of asafoetida / hing
  • 2 teaspoon ghee
  • Salt to taste
Method:
  1. Wash and soak the black millet / bajra in enough water for 6-8 hours / overnight. 


2.  Drain and rinse it in a colander , keep aside. Rinse the green gram well in water .


 3. Heat a pressure cooker and add ghee to it. Add cumin seeds . Once the seeds crackle, add green peas followed by carrot, asafoetida and turmeric powder.


4. Now add green gram and pearl millet and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Add spice powders ( red chili powder and garam masala ) if using and mix well.



5. Now add 4-5 cups of water depending upon how you like the consistency of your khichdi to be. Garnish its with coriander leaves . Lastly add salt to taste , give a quick stir and put on the lid of the pressure cooker.



6. Pressure cook the khichdi for 3-4 whistles and then simmer for 10 minutes. Put off the flame. Open the lid of the pressure pan, once all the steam has been released .


  7. Delicious khichdi is ready to serve. Serve it with some raita or plain curd and some salad.


  Notes:
  • I have used black millet and green gram in 1:1 proportion, you may use 1/2 cup of green gram to 1 cup of black millet if you like the taste of black millet  to be prominent.
  • Adding vegetables is purely optional.
  • The khichri thickens further as it cools down.
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19 comments :

  1. Bajri Khichdi is THE khichdi for winter. Warming and nutritious.

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  2. After seeing this version, m going to include in weekly diet plans 😊

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  3. Now I know just what to do with the bajra I have at home. This is so tempting! :)

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    1. Thank you Priya. Do try out and share your feed back with us

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  4. I love making bajra khichdi and I too love adding veggies to khichdis to make it into a one pot meal. Lovely share for the theme, Poonam. Thanks for choosing the theme for us.

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    1. Yes di adding vegetables to the khichdi makes it so wholesome and filling. Thank you

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  5. What a delicious Nd nutritious khichdi... loveky shots

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  6. Poonam what a healthy share. Loved it. Khichdi looks super tempting. So comforting and yummy.

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  7. What a healthy,delicious Khichdi!Beautiful share!

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  8. Comforting yet rich in fibre.. Lovely

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