Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Khichdi ~ Comfort Food!

The computer was out of form for a week and worse part was, the pictures were not on my laptop. Not that I cooked anything new during this time. But then I generally felt so disconnected that I literally wanted to shout out loud. I made frequent visits to my brother's home to check the updates and then rush back home. Surprisingly since the time Konda started having her holidays, the kids seem to be sleeping late. I really wonder if the little ones also know its their sister's vacation. Normally in a typical day, the boys are up by 6.30, making it tough for me to do anything else. But the last two days, they are getting up only at 7.30, which actually gives me time to catch my breath!

I know its been a while since I updated on my boys progress. Peddu can actually sing the alphabet song. While Chinnu dodges on that. Chinnu seems to be little slow on getting the words out. But no hurry, he can catch later, I feel. He has that adorable way of saying "Amma", I simply love hearing him say that. Yeah he is making up for all the time I felt for Konda never calling me that! Previously when it was their bedtime, we had to do so many things to actually get them to room, these days when I say I am going to tell Stories, they happily come running in. Then from then on it becomes even tough as I have to keep railing stories after stories. Guess its time I update myself with some stuff!

While I haven't been cooking much fancy offlate, I did prepare this Khichdi. Kichdi always holds very fond memories of childhood. This is actually the first time that I am making it at home. The first time I ate this wonderful dish, was when we had gone on a picnic with Dad's colleague and his new bride. Yeah I had already wrote about them. I can still remember that awesome taste that Aunty had rendered to that dish. Amma never made kichidi at home, somehow we never got around making it. The other times I remember eating this has been from our office cook, who makes it extremely well too.The Khichdi that I made with Bansi Rava was my first attempt. I wanted to make with the regular rava along with all the veggies. Since it was to be a dinner for hubby dear and Athamma, I thought I would just make for them. I couldn't but taste and yes it came out well. Its a comfort food at the best. And a dish that can be done in a jiffy!

Ingredients Needed:

Rava/ Semolina - 1 cup
Chopped Vegetables - 1 cup (Beans, Carrot, Potatoes, Peas)
Onion - 1 big
Tomato - 1 small
Green chillies - 3 long
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 2"
Curry leaves few
Coriander leaves few
Salt to taste
Ghee - 3 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Water - 3 cups

Tempering

Mustard Seeds, Urad Dal, Channa Dal - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts - as per wish

Method to prepare:

Heat a pan with 1 tsp of ghee, roast the rava till it starts getting well roasted. Remove and keep aside.

Chop all vegetables and keep aside.

Heat the same pan with the oil. Temper with Mustard Seeds, Urad Dal, Channa Dal and Cashew Nuts along with curry leaves. Then add the cloves and cinnamon.

After a minute, add the onions and sauté till they are pink. The onions should not be browned for upma or Khichdi. Then add all the chopped vegetables along with tomatoes, chopped coriander. You need not get the tomatoes mushy.

Fry well, simmer for 5 mins with a lid covered. This way the vegetables will get soft. Then add the water, salt. Bring to boil in high. Then simmer again with a lid covered for 5 mins. If you want your kichidi to be gooey, you can add 3 cups, else you can do away with 2 and half cups of water.

Once the water comes to boiling, slowly add the roasted rava, making sure it doesn't get lumps.Mix well, sprinkle the remaining ghee over it and cook it covered for 5 mins.

Total time taken for making this is just under 20 mins. Makes a great dish for times when you are in a need to cook something good with loads of veggies in it!

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15 comments :

Varsha Vipins said...

Lovely to hear ur kids' news',n I made this same Khichdi last weekend.:)

srikars kitchen said...

Nice Khichdi.. looks perfect & nice click..

Ann said...

Sri,Happy Xmas to you and family

Vcuisine said...

A bowl of hot kichidi with thick coconut chutney on a rainy day is my favorite Valli. Nice. Viji

Sudeshna said...

Hi Srivalli,
I am abig fan of Khichdi, and cook it quite often. semolina khichdi is not much cooked, but you can check out the one I cook often here http://bengalicuisine.wordpress.com/2008/06/01/khichudi/

rekhas kitchen said...

mmmmm looks so yummy love to have this with any spicy chutney

priar's, said...

Hi srivalli,
after long time leaving a comment....i tried ur vegetable briyani and pepper chicken ....came out very well...thank u so much for ur recipe...thanks dear:)

Red Chillies said...

I cannot imagine living without computer or laptop either Srivalli. Hope all the issues are resolved. Kichdi looks comforting.

Warm wishes for Happy Holidays to you all!

Uma said...

khichdi looks so mouth-watering! Congrats on getting your recipe published in the magazine. I am so happy for you.

Sanghi said...

Good recipe srivalli.. Have a card for you in my blog, kindly check it out!

Aparna said...

Comfort food is just that and this looks good.

Best wishes for the festive season and a Happy New Year.

Alka said...

Good that u r updating urself on stories otherwise kids get so bored with same RAJA RANI stories...I too exhausted my whole set of stories and now hunting for some new ones.But nowadays i just ask my son to hop on his bed and go to sleep on his own.Coz he is so used to my patting him to sleep that he refuses to sleep without me around.So now the story sessions are while having lunch instead of bed time.Its good that he is gradually weaning off my presence around.
And yeah chinnu can still dilly dally his alphabet song ,no hurries and no worries :-)
Well khichdi is such a comfy food,to make and to digest and i love the spicier versions...this is a recipe to keep(and to try ofcourse)

Pearlsofeast said...

Lovely Valli,I love kichri, it is indeed a comfort food.

Vij said...

Lovely khichdi!

Wish you a happy new year! May all your dreams come true.

cheers
Vij

homecooked said...

Yummy! Very satisfying comfort food :)

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