Khichdi essentially means a mix of everything. It is a dish that features in many of the Indian festive menus. The moong dal being high on protein also caters to the nutritional requirements of babies and those not well and so is a meal that is preferred when not well too.
The Green Moong dal khichdi is the perfect dish to make when you are looking for a quick, flavourful and nutritious one pot meal. The green moong dal khichdi or dal khichdi as it is popularly known is an instant pot meal that is a tasty mix of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins.
I am still recovering from a wound of having used the knife the wrong way in a hurry and ending up with 4 stitches on the finger. Last week has been about some ordering from the local restaurants, sister sending packed lunchboxes and the hubby and daughter helping around a lot at home. I just could not be sitting around and watching everyone work and so had to get down to some action.
A quick simple meal without taxing my poor finger was on the agenda. My bottle of green moong dal was peeping out of the pantry saying yes, it is my turn now. And so, Green Moong Dal Khichdi it was for lunch. I served the khichdi with a raita (an accompaniment with yogurt and vegetables) and a few pieces of chicken reshmi kebab that was leftover from the previous day. A complete meal and so very satisfying to see the family eat a healthy home cooked meal. This khichdi recipe can also be a great addition to the bachelor meal plan ideas. So if you are living alone and have to cook a meal with just a basic idea of cooking, this green moong dal khichdi recipe is one that you can definitely try for a wholesome homecooked meal.
Khichdi,to me is a complete meal with rice, dal or lentils and vegetables cooked all together with very few spices. An anytime go to comfort food and the added advantage of it being very light on the stomach.
Ingredients for the Green Moong Dal Khichdi / Dal Kichdi
Basmati rice(or any other rice of your choice) - 1 cup (washed and drained)
Green moong dal - 1/2 cup (washed and drained)
Jeera or cummin seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida or hing - 1 pinch
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Kashmiri red chilli powder - 1 tsp (you may decided to add chopped green chillies instead)
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp (you can use clarified butter or ghee instead)
Onion- 1 chopped finely
Tomato - 1 small(chopped finely)
Carrot - 1 (chopped finely
Garlic - 2 cloves (chopped finely)
Potato - 1 (chopped into small bite sized pieces)
Water - 3.5 cups (you may add about 4 cups if you like your kichdi a little watery)
You may decide to add any other vegetable of your choice too
Method for making Green Moong Dal Khichdi
1- Take the pressure cooker and add the oil or ghee. Now add in the cummin seeds and asafoetide. When the cummin seeds begin to splutter, add the chopped garlic and onions. Saute till the raw smell of the garlic goes and the onions turn translucent. Add in the chopped tomatoes and saute.
2- Add the turmeric powder, salt and kashmiri red chilli powder and saute. You may add a few drops of water to ensure that the masala does not get burnt.
3- Saute till the oil starts oozing from the sides. Now add in the chopped carrot and potato. Mix well. Add the cleaned and washed basmati rice and green moong dal.
4- Add the water. Adjust salt (the water needs to be salty only then the final result have the right amount of salt. Cover the cooker. Add the weight and cook for 10 mins on low heat after the first whistle.
5- Switch off gas. Open the cooker only after 15 minutes.
6- Your kichdi is now ready to serve. You may serve it with your choice of accompaniments like the raita, green mint chutney and roasted pappads.