This was tonight’s dinner, with yogurt and avocado slices in lieu of salad.
As I said to one of the school mums some time ago, converting the girls’ to avocado – we are not there yet with Shri though- has been one of the big culinary victories of the last year. They love it the way it is enjoyed best IMO – au nature, or with a dressing of a little lime juice and sometimes dried basil flakes.
So that “salad” helped add interest to the meal tonight because khichdi is not one of their prefered foods.
3/4 cup of rice
2/3 or 3/4 cup of dhuli masoor daal (red lentils)
200 grams of diced pumpkin
5-6 tablespoons of frozen peas
1/2 tespoon of freshly grated ginger
1 medium sized onion, chopped fine
1 medium sized tomato, chopped fine
2 tablespoons of sunflower oil, 1 tablespoon of melted ghee
1/4 teaspoon each of the five paanchphoran spices (a little more of the fennel seeds)
3/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1/2 a teaspoon of coriander powder (optional)
1 and a half tablespoons of fresh green coriander leaves, chopped
Wash and soak the rice and daal separately for 2-3 hours.
In a pressure cooker, heat the oil and the ghee and then add the paanchphoran spices in the order suggested here.
Add the onion and fry till it starts to turn a golden color. Now add the pumpkin, and fry both together for a few minutes till the onion starts to turn golden brown and the pumpkin starts to soften and break up. Now add the ginger, fry for half a minute, then add the tomato and fry the mixture till the oil starts to appear on the sides. Now add the dry spices and the peas and fry for a few minutes. Add the rice and daal after draining them of the water in which they were soaked, season with salt, pour in 4 cups of water, mix everything well and cook for as long as required for most of the water to be absorbed and for the rice and daal to cook well (with my pressure cooker, this requires about 5-6 whistles).
Once the cooker has cooled enough for the lid to be lifted off easily, stir everything together once and garnish with fresh green coriander if possible.
Add more ghee to individual servings if you like.
Though I absolutely love the much simpler moong daal khichdi which is a staple of Gujarati thalis everywhere, I quite like this one too and it is such a convenient and quick one-pot-cooking type recipe.