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Sunday, 2 February 2020

Sabut Urad (Whole Black Gram) ki Khichadi

Khicadi Is Ready To Eat

Sabut Urad Daal Khichadi Served With Curd
Khichadi is a wholesome, nutritious, sumptious and healthy food. In different part of India it is known by different names. Many versionof khichadi existthrough out India but basic ingredients (Rice and dal) are common. Different dals, and the assortment of vegetables gives it the different regional taste. Khichadi is also given in India to people suffering from digestive disorders, throat problem. But the recipe today I am sharing is not for people who are unwell (I will share the recipe for the same later). Urad Dal Khichadi is khichadi is festive food of magh Mah in Kumaon.

Urad dal khichadi is made in Uttarakhand in the month of Magh (month of Hindu calendar which falls in January). Sankranti is the day when delicacies made from Sweetened dough, til-gud (Sesame seeds and jaggery). In Kumaon apart from til-gud laddus and shakkarpare(ghughut), Urad dal khichadi is made for lunch and is served with dollops of ghee, this is the reason Uttarayini /Makar Sankranti is also known as ghyu-khichadi Sankranti in Kumaon. 

Usually this khichadi is made of split black gram (Chilke wali urad dal), without onion and garlic. I realized night before Sankranti that I had only whole black gram (Sabut urad dal), so decided to make khichadi from sabut urad dal. Onion and garlic not only add great flavor and taste, but also aids in digestion. 

The experiment was great success. My husband said “pet bhar gaya par dil nahin bhara”(my stomach is full but I yet want to eat more).

Today I am sharing the recipe of the same khichadi with you all. The vegetables in the khichadi add great taste and flavor along with the much needed micronutrients and dietary fibers.

There is a saying in Kumaon “Khichadi ke char yaar, Dahi, Mooli, Ghee, achar”.
Try serving khichadi with all four friends. The experience of having khichadi will be enhanced multifold.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serving: Four Large helping

Nutritional Value of Khichadi (For total amount cooked with the given ingredient proportion. For one helping just divide  each nutritional value by four.)
Energy : 1370cal
Carbs :   294 
Fats    :  105g 
Folates : 216ug
Niacin : 1.75mg
Vit. A : 40 iu,
Sodium :150 +rest from salt 
Potassium : 1400 + from salt 
calcium : 1.5 g 
copper : 1062 mg,
magnisium:: 534mg,
Iron : 22 mg
phosphorous:  758mg,
Zinc : 6.70mg
Sugars : 10.5 g sugars
Protein : 57g 
Dietary Fibers : 30 gm 

Ingredients Required For Making Sabut Urd Dal Khichadi:
  • 200 gm : Sabut Urd
  • 150 gm : Rice(I use either basmati or Surti Kolam rice)
  • 1 00 gm : Onion
  • 100 gm: French beans
  • 100 gm : Carrot
  • 100-150 gm : Tomatoes
  • 100 gm : Capsicum
  • 3-4 cm Piece : Ginger
  • 8-10 pods : Garlic
  • 2-3 : Green Chilies
  • 5-6 Sprigs : Coriander Leafs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon : Turmeric Powder (Optional)
  • 1 Teaspoon : Cumin Powder
  • 1Teaspoon : Red Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon : Garam masala Powder
  • Salt to taste
Spices For Tempering:
  • 2-5 : cloves
  • 2-3 : Bay leafs (tej patta)
  • 1 teaspoon : Cumin seeds
  • 2-3 : Black cardamom
  • 2-3 : Green cardamom
  • 2-3 cm Piece : Cinnamon
  • 1 pinch : Freshly grated nutmeg powder
  • 1-2 : Whole Red Chilies
  • 50 gm : Ghee (Clarified butter)
Directions For Making Sabut Urad Dal Khichadi :
  • Wash and soak Sabut Urad dal for 6-8 hours. I prefer soaking it overnight if I am making it for lunch.
  • Chop Onion, garlic, coriander leafs and all vegetables.
  • Grate ginger.
Chopped Vegetables For Khichadi
  • Wash and soak rice for 30-45 minutes.
Soaked Rice
  • Drain water from soaked dal and give it one or two gentle wash in flowing water.
Soaked Sabut Urd Daal
  • Drain water from rice and keep the water for further use.
Soaked Rice After Draining Water
  • Pound Black cardamom and Green cardamom, Black Pepper, grate nutmeg and keep all spices ready for tempering.
Spices For Khichadi
  • Heat ghee in a pressure cooker, do not make it smoking hot. Add
    • Cumin seeds
    • Cloves
    • Green cardamom
    • Black Cardamom
    • Black Pepper
    • Bay leafs
    • Whole red chilies
  • Once the spices start spluttering add Nutmeg powder, and stir.
Spices in Ghee
  • Immediately add chopped onions.
Onions added To spice and Ghee Mixture
  • Cook on medium flame with constant stirring for about 2 minutes. Onions will become translucent and soft.
  • Add garlic and ginger to the sautéed onions. Cook on medium heat with constant stirring for a minute or so or till the raw smell of garlic disappears.
Garlic  Ginger Added to Sauteed Onion
  • Add all chopped vegetables except coriander leafs, Cook with constant stirring for 2 minutes. The color and texture of fresh vegetables with start changing and tomatoes will become soft.
All Chopped vegetables being Sauteed
  • Immediately add soaked Sabut Urad dal. Stir and cook on high heat for 2-3 minutes with constant stirring.
Soaked Daal added 
  • Add soaked, drained rice and mix nicely. Cook on high heat for a minute or so with constant stirring.
Rice Added And Mixed Nicely
  • Add
    • Turmeric Powder
    • Cumin Powder
    • Chili Powder
    • Garam Masala
    • Salt
  • Mix nicely and cook for 1-2 minutes on high heat with continuos stirring, for the flavor of all spices toget mixed with rest of the ingredients.
  • Add the water drained from soaked rice and mix.
Water Added 
  • Add water according to the requirement. The water requirement varies from one variety of rice to other. I added 200 ml of water ( rice was surti kolam).
  •  The yard stick of measurement is to quickly dip the spoon handle touching the surface of solid ingredients. Water level should be 11/2-2cm above the solid (Rice + Dal + other ingredients).
  • Adjust salt and chili as per your liking for more spiciness.
  • Close the lid. Keep the heat on high till pressure builds in cooker.
  • Bring the heat to low and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or till the cooker gives two whistles.
  • Switch off the heat and allow the khichadi to cool in cooker. (Allowing the cooker to cool naturally lets the khichadi cook under pressure even when heat is off. It aslo helps in sealing all the flavors spices in khichadi). Open the lid only when the pressure in the cooker subsides.
  • Ghee should not be smoking hot while adding spices for tempering. Because this will cause the spices to burn/overcook imparting unsavory taste and color to khichadi, instead of the wonderful flavor we want.
  • Do not add Cauliflower to this khichadi. Personally I feel its flavor interferes with the subtle flavor of Urad dal.
  • While serving smoking hot Mustard oil is also poured over khichadi. It is awesome.
Suggested Variations :
  • Mustard oil can be used instead of ghee for making khichadi.
  • Potatoes cut to medium size (roughly 2 inches) pieces can be added along with rest of vegetables.
  • Turmeric can be avoided to get contrasting colors in khichadi. We always add turmeric to dal, vegetables and khichadi as per custom of Uttarakhand.
  • If using brown rice soak it for longer time (3-4 hrs.).
  • Fresh/Frozen peas (100gm) can be added along with the rest of the vegetables.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Watermelon lollies

Watermelon Lollies
Ice lolly are everyones favorite (specially children's). I usually make fruit juice  lollies and cubes to get relief from summer heat.  I still remember the childhood days, when we used to run out to get those colorful ice lollies from ice-cream vendor, coming to our door step every evening. Now I prefer making them from fresh juice of seasonal fruits.
These ice beauties are very cooling, healthy and very refreshing. 

Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time : nil
Freezing Time : 5-6 hrs.

Ingredients For MakingWatermelon lollies :
  • Watermelon : 22(3inches thick)
  • Black salt :1/2 Teaspoon
  • Blackpepper powder:1/4Teaspoon
  • Honey : 2 Teaspoon
Directions For Making Watermelon Lollies:
  • Scoop out red pulp from one watermelon slice and remove the seeds from it.
  • Scoop as much possible and discard all green peel.
  • Mix the red and white pulp and pulse it.
  • Squeeze as much juice as possible.
Freshly squeezed Watermelon juice 
  • Add:
    • Black salt
    • Black pepper powder
    • Honey
  • Mix nicely.
  • Pour this juice in mounds and freeze for 5 to 6 hrs.
  • Ice lollies will be nicely set and frozen by now.
Juice in moulds kept for freezing 
  • Remove the pulp from the second slice of watermelon, cut into cubes and remove as many seeds as possible. Freeze the watermelon cubes in a covered container. 
  • Freeze the cubes in a covered container 
  • Unmould the lollies and serve.
Watermelon Ice Lollies 
  • The juice can be frozen in ice tray.
Ice cubes of Watermelon juice 
  • Serve the cubes of watermelon juice with frozen cubes of watermelon pulp.
Watermelon juice cubes cubes served along with frozen watermelon cubes 
Enjoy healthy  yummy, cooling ice lollies with family and friends.

Tips :
  • White pulp of watermelon is rich source of minerals so it's use inhances the nutritive quality of lollies.
  • Shake the moulds once or twice during freezing  Lollies will come out better.
Suggested  Variations :
  • Honey can be replaced with sugar.
  • Two teaspoon of lemon juice can be added to watermelon juice to get sweet and sour taste in lollies. 


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