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31 August, 2017

Red Lentil and Rice Khichri for a weeknight supper: Gluten free

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Like  it  or  not,  August  is  coming  to  an  end.   The  summer  holidays  will soon  be  done.  The  stores  have  been  advertising  ‘back  to  school’  shopping  for  some time  now.

Looking  back  to  when  my  children  were  younger,  this  is  such a  busy  time.  The  last  thing  you  worry  about  is  the  weeknight  supper.  With  a  little  preparation  the  night  before,  this  nutritious,  yummy,  gluten  free, one  pot  meal  is  a  breeze  to  cook.

The  possibilities  with  this  recipe are  endless.  Here I  have  used  the  red  lentils, although  Mung  dal  or  even  a  combination  of  dals  can  be  used.  This  provides  the  protein  component  of  this  meal.  The  vegetables  I  have  added  are  carrots  and  cauliflower,  though  these  can  be  altered  easily  depending  on  your  family’s tastes  and  seasonal  availability .  The  spice  component  has  been  kept  to  a  minimum.  Crank  it  up  as  you  like.

Garnishes  are  a  personal  choice  too:  Gently  fried  coconut  pieces,  cardamom,  cinnamon  powder,  dried  red  chillies,  raisins,  frozen  or  fresh  peas… there  are  no  rules.

 

Maybe  that  is  why  ‘Khichri”  is sometimes  sarcastically  used  to  describe  a  ‘jumbled  up’  situation.

My  love  for  khichri  is  quite  evident  in  my  blog.  I  have  another   khichri  recipe:  you can  take  a  look  here.

Recipe:  Serves  two.

Ingredients;

Rice                                            3/4  cup

Masur  dal                               3/4  cup

Carrots                                     2,  cut  in  1  cm  cubes

Cauliflower                             2  big  florets   cut  small

Turmeric  powder            1  tsp

Cumin  powder                   1  tsp

Coriander  powder         1/2  tsp

Cayenne  powder .         1/2 tsp  or  taste

Ghee                                      1  Tbsp  plus  2  tbsp

Salt                                         to  taste

Cardamom                        2  roughly  crushed

Ginger                                 1/2  inch  grated

Cumin  seeds                  1/2  tsp

Water                              2 1/4 cups

Method;

Wash  the  rice  and  Red  lentils  (  masur  dal  ),  drain  and  put  aside.

Add  1  Tbsp  ghee  to  a  pressure  cooker  or  a  sauce  pan  on  high  heat.  Throw  in  the  cumin  seeds,  crushed  cardamom,  cauliflower  and  carrot  pieces.  Cook  until  you see  the  colours  intensify;  a  few  minutes.  Add  the  rice  and  lentils,  stir  and  make  sure  it  doesn’t  stick  to  the  bottom  of  the  pan.  Add  the  remaining  spices  and  saute  for  a  few  more  minutes.  Add  the  water,  close  the  lid  of  the  pressure  cooker  and  wait  until  it  whistles.  Turn  the  gas  off  and  let  the  cooker  sit  on  the  gas  until  it  has  cooled  down.  If  using  a  pan,  cover  the  pan  with  a  lid  and  cook  until  done.

Garnish  with  frozen  green  peas,  the  rest  of  the  ghee  and  enjoy  while  it  is  warm.

Inside  scoop;

Potatoes,  small  whole  onions,   squash,  mushroom,  zucchini  and  a  lot  other  vegetables  can  be  used.

This  is  a  one  pot  meal.  Some  Pappadums  can  be  thrown  in  microwave  for  a  minute  each  as  a  side.

This  is  ready  in  half  hour.  A  very  fast,  tasty,  nutritous  meal  for  the  family.

Some  prefer  the  consistency  runnier.   There  are  really  no  set  rules  when  it  comes  to  Khichri.

      

 

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2 thoughts on : Red Lentil and Rice Khichri for a weeknight supper: Gluten free

  • September 23, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Thank you for this new Khichri version, Ratna. Both versions contain a favorite at home – lentils! Beautifully composed overhead featured image! Hugs from Seattle.

    • Ratna
      September 23, 2017 at 10:27 pm

      How lovely to hear from you Elizabeth. Thank you for stopping by. Waiting to see more from Aupetitgout..

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