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Khichdi - A Dish of Lentils and Rice
Khichdi is a simple Gujarati1 lentil-and-rice dish that can be made with minimal fuss. Traditionally, khichdi is eaten with kadhi, a savoury curry made with a yoghurt base, but it works well with anything that is strongly flavoured or spicy as the khichdi itself is mild.
There are, of course, variations to this dish. However, the recipe below is the basic one.
This recipe serves four. Preparation time is about five minutes; cooking time is about 30 - 40 minutes.
Serve hot with a sprinkling of coriander. This dish can also be served with some plain yoghurt.
Khichdi can also be cooked in a pressure cooker or in a microwave. In both cases, the cooking time should be reduced to about 20 – 30 minutes.
Other ingredients can be added to the khichdi. These can be experimented with to vary the taste of the final dish.
Chopped onions and ginger can also be added.
These spices should be added after the oil has been heated. They should not be added all together, as too many spices can spoil the flavour of the dish.
These are just examples of the types of vegetables that can be added. Feel free to experiment. A word of caution: use only combinations of 2 - 3 vegetables together. Otherwise, the khichdi will taste like a hodgepodge of conflicting flavours.
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