Thursday, December 26, 2013

Gujarati Dinner Kadhi Khichdi

BM # 35 Day 3


Last day of this month's BM and today it is a Gujju dinner.This is one of the most simple Gujarati dinner and is cooked every fortnight. Inspite of it being a comfort meal, I always tend to overeat, specially in winters when you have the fresh green garlic.The combo is Kadhi and Khichdi with one or two veggies on the side.We normally make the potato onion side dish .

The Kadhi is very mild, the consistency is medium, rather on the thinner side.There is no turmeric used and should always be cooked in ghee.The curd used for the curry should be little sour or else one can add a little citric acid.It gets its sweetness from sugar and the balance of sweet and sour should be perfect.

Coming to Khicdi, it is made in various ways.For today I have used Pigeon pea with rice, but you could also use split green gram or yellow moong daal.One can make saadi khichdi or vaghareli kichdi.Vaghaar is tempering and this should be always done with ghee.Once the khichdi is cooked one can always induge into extra ghee, which tastes absolutely mind blowing but ...but..well one surely has to watch the inches.

Dungri is onion and Bateka is potatoes in Gujrati. The Dungri Bateka nu Shaak is a delicious side with this meal, it is served with Bhakris. For today I got store bought masala bhaakhris.

Finally we have the fresh green garlic which is sauted in ghee.This is one of the best things a person can eat in winters.Highlight of the meal!! which can be substituted with red garlic chutney . Check out the recipe here.

And now coming to the recipes...




Kadhi
2 tbsp chick pea flour
1 1/2 cups curd
1 tsp ginger , chilly paste
Curry leaves
2 tbsp sugar
Salt to taste

Tempering
2 tbsp ghee
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
1 clove
A small piece cinnamon
Pinch asafoetida
1-2 whole red chilly
Curry leaves
Blend curds and chick pea flour with 2 1/2 cups of water.
Add ginger chilly paste, sugar and salt.
Mix well and bring to a boil, stirring continuously.
Temper the curry with the tempering ingredients mentioned in their respective order.
Simmer and cook for a few minutes 
Garnish with coriander.


Vaghareli Khichdi
1 cup rice
1/2 cup pigeon pea / Tuar daal

Tempering
2 tbsp ghee
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
Pinch asafoetida
1 small piece cinnamon
2 cloves
2 -3 whole red chilly
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
Salt to taste

Wash and soak the rice and daal separately for an hour.
Cook the daal with salt and turmeric in a pressure cooker for one whistle.
Let the pressure release.
Add the soaked rice to the rice cooker, else put them in a pan.
Add the boiled daal to the rice.
Temper the rice with the tempering ingredients in the order in which they have been mentioned.
Add to the rice daal mix.
Add 3 cups water and switch on the rice cooker.
If making in a pan cook on full and then simmer till the rice is done.

Notes
Daal can be soaked for 2-3 hours prior to cooking, and then added to rice cooker directly without boiling.
While cooking in a pan add the daal first, let it half cook then add rice.
While cooking the daal in a pressure cooker, make sure the water used for cooking is just enough , even if there is about a cup extra, this can go in the khicdi, the khicdi will be softer.
The water added is normally double, but we add little extra to make the khicdi soft.
Extra hot ghee at the time of serving tastes awesome and one can enjoy this lavish treat.


Dungri Bateka nu Shaak
2 onions roughly chopped
4 potatoes, boiled, roughly chopped
1 tomato, roughly chopped
2-3 green chilly
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
Pinch asafoetida
Curry leaves
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilly powder
Salt to taste

Heat oil.
Add mustard seeds , asafoetida and curry leaves.
Add onions and sauté till translucent.
Add the spices and boiled chopped potatoes.
Add spices including salt.
Add tomato and cook covered for about 5 minutes.



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7 comments:

  1. Sounds likes comforting dinner ! Good one....

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  2. That is a nice dinner combo.

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  3. nice to learn more about gujurati food

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  4. That's such a tempting spread Vaishali..everything looks amazing!

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  5. Such a comforting Gujarati meal. All the dishes look amazing.

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