Moong Dal Khichdi means lentils & rice with spice & masala. It’s a traditional Indian household meal significantly served in Gujarat state. People in the Indian subcontinent love eating it for either lunch or dinner. Okay, the story doesn’t end here. There’s something more.
Interesting Facts About Khichdi
While researching khichdi, I came across the English terms. I mean, what is khichdi in English called. Surprisingly, it is a hodgepodge, aka hotchpotch. Yes, you read it right. The word meaning of hotchpotch is “a confused mixture”. It’s somewhat silly.😀😃😄
The popularity of khichdi is next level. How? We have a Bollywood movie with the same name.😛😝😜 Yes, khichdi is the name of a comedy movie starring ace Gujarati film stars. Don’t believe it? Google “khichdi movie”.
At the same time, we have a famous saying in the Gujarati language. The phrase includes both ghee & khichdi. It is ઘી ઢોળાયું તો ખીચડી માં.🤣🤓🤩
Okay, jokes apart, our hodgepodge is not at all confusing. Let’s talk about the type of khichdi we are making today.
What is Moong Dal Khichdi?
Steam soaked rice & yellow lentils along with spices & masala. Not only this, but there are a couple of veggies too in it. All these together gives you the famous पिली मूंग दाल की खिचड़ी. Here moong dal is subjective. My point is you can replace yellow lentils with green or black ones.
On the other hand, you can add vegetables of your choice—for instance, white potato, beans, peas, sweet potato pair well with rice. Since we are discussing ingredients, let’s look at items we need to make our moong dal khichdi. Here we go.
Moong Dal Khichdi Ingredients
Like I said above, our hodgepodge is not a vague mixture of anything or everything. It has flavour, it’s aromatic & above all, it has eye-soothing yellow texture. All these together make our hotchpotch a delicious and healthy meal. Now why it is healthy, I have explained in the next section. Right now, it’s ingredient time.
- Ghee – Traditionally, we make khichdi using ghee instead of oil. It enhances the flavour. Moreover, the aroma of tempering in ghee is extraordinary. Hence, use ghee & not cooking oil if available.
- Tempering Items (6 Items) – We will use regular items for tempering: cumin seeds, ginger, green chilli, asafoetida, turmeric powder & salt. The good news is there are no fancy items. Everything is already present in your kitchen closets & refrigerator.
- Vegetables (4 Items) – We need french beans, green peas, red & orange carrots. You can add sweet potato or regular white potatoes too. On the contrary, even brinjal is a good option. In short, there are several veggies you can put in khichdi to make it enticing. The choice is all yours.
- Yellow Split Lentils – We will use the regular yellow but split lentils commonly called पिली मूंग की दाल. You can substitute & experiment with other lentils too.
- Rice – The variety of rice here depends on your preference. Even the regular dal-chaval rice is permissible. There’s no restriction on a specific brand or type. The concern here is that you must like it.
- Water – Add water gradually & keep track of the quantity. Water can make or break your recipe.
Pouring additional ghee on khichdi is one way to shower love towards our guests in India. The same applies to our khichdi as well. If you are dieting or monitoring calories, then avoid adding extra ghee. For the rest of you, do it without hesitation.😁😆😅
- Soak rice & lentils before cooking. If possible, soak them in lukewarm water.
- Wash, clean, chop, cut or peel vegetables first.
- Collect all the ingredients and then began the cooking.
Making Moong Dal Khichdi
The khichdi we are making today is a start to finish the recipe. Once you begin, there’s no stopping by. In other words, there are no complex procedures. That’s the main reason behind the popularity of this recipe. Henceforth, let’s quickly go through the process.
Refer to the pre-preparation above.
Saute dry spices in ghee along with veggies. Make sure the vegetables are tender. Add rice & lentils with the correct amount of water. Cook everything for 20-25 minutes. The time here is the electric cooktop timing. If you are using a pressure cooker, then 3-4 whistles will be enough.
One point one should note is we don’t boil veggies separately. Instead, we cook them with rice & lentils.
Why is this Moong Dal Khichdi Healthy?
There are many reasons too why this khichdi recipe is healthy. We aren’t talking about hardcore dieting here. The upfront reason is minimal spice & masala in it.
The quantity is limited. Moreover, there isn’t any cheese, cream or high-fat items. On the contrary, the ghee that we are using is less. Now, if that’s troubling, you then replace it with olive oil.
This khichdi integrates green vegetables that are not only healthy but also flavourful. Thus, we have ample reasons to eat it & still monitor our daily calorie intake. So go ahead & try it.
Hence, that was it with the hotchpotch recipe today.