Green Moong Dal Khichdi with Tomatoe Garlic Raita
About Green Moong Dal Khichdi
Khichdi is derived from Sanskrit word Khicca which refers to a dish prepared from rice and pulses. In English the term is spelled as khichdi or khichri. It is normally served as a main meal or as a comfort food. It is enjoyed with a chutney, curry (kadhi), pappads, ghee, yoghurt , pickle or sauce. It is believed the Anglo-Indian dish kedgeree was inspired from it.
It is believed that the khichdi recipes were developed in India during the medieval periods. Its first mention dates back to 15th century when the Russian adventurer Afanasiy Nikitin took a note of this dish in his travelogue. But the Mughals popularized the dish. The mention of the khichdi recipes are found in the Ain-i-Akbari , which was written by Mughal Emperor Akbar’s minister Abu’l-Fazl ibn Mubarak. He also gave out information of seven khichdi recipes which were followed during that time. There are several popular anecdotes about Akbar, Birbal and khichdi.
Green Moong Dal Khichdi is the dish to sooth the hungry souls. The wonderful hues of greens and aroma of spices make it worth trying. It is a light dish and often suggested by Ayurvedic and naturopathy practioners as an effective stomach aid. It provides high protein and is very digestible. This recipe contains around 400 calories.
Green Moong Dal Khichdi
1 cup rice
½ cup green moong dal split
2 tbsp ghee
A pinch of asafetida
1 tsp chopped garlic
4-5 ginger strips
3 curry leaves
2-3 green chillies chopped
1 onion sliced
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala
5 cups of warm water
Wash and soak the moong dal and rice together. Drain.
Heat ghee in a deep pan.
Add asafetida, cumin seeds, curry leaves and peppercorns. Sauté
Now add onion, ginger, garlic, chopped chillies, peppercorns, and turmeric.
Saute it for 2 minutes.
Now add dal and rice. Mix all properly.
Now add warm water, garam masala and salt. Mix well
Sprinkle coriander leaves, cover and let it cook for 20 mins.
Serve it hot with tomatoe garlic raita.
Tomatoe Garlic Raita
½ cup chopped tomatoes
2-3 garlic pods
1 tsp chilli powder
1 cup yoghurt
Sea salt as per taste
Grind garlic and chilli powder powder together.
Take a bowl. Whisk yoghurt till smooth.
Add the garlic chilli chutney , chopped tomatoes and sea salt.
Chill it well and serve with hot moong dal khichdi