Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fada Ni Khichdi

This recipe is a treasure from Tarla Dalal. Nutritious and filling, this is ideal for those breezy days when one just wants to feel the wind on the face and stay away from chores. This one pot meal cooks in a jiffy and appeals to even the most finicky eater. Eliminate the chillies and you have an excellent meal for babies and toddlers alike.

Yellow moong dal              1 cup
Broken Wheat ( Dalia)       3/4 cup
Potatoes, diced                    1 cup
Green Peas                          1 cup
Cauliflower florets              1 cup
Onions, diced                      1 cup
Green chilli-ginger paste     1 tablespoon
Peppercorns                         1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder                 1/2 teaspoon
Chilli powder                       1 teaspoon

                  Cinnamon           1 inch stick
                  Cloves                 3
                  Cumin                 1 teaspoon
                  Heeng                  1/2 teaspoon
                  Ghee                    3 tablespoon

Method: Wash and soak the dal and dalia for atleast 15 minutes. Boil 4 cups of water. Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker and add all the tempering ingredients. When they sizzle, Add the drained dal and dalia as well as all the vegetables, spices and salt. Stir and saute for 5 minutes. Add the hot water. Pressure cook for 4 whistles. Allow the cooker to cool. Stir vigorously, adding more hot water if required to thoroughly mix the dal and dalia well. Serve hot garnished with slivers of chillies, and a side of curds, papad and pickle.

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