Mixed Vegetable Khichdi

We usually go shopping for groceries on Saturday morning, so Friday meals are dependent on whatever is left over. I usually have a little bit of different vegetables and I try to use them all up. Today I decided to make mung dal khichdi adding all the vegetables.
Khichdi is a mushy mixture of rice and lentils cooked with mild spices. Very popular in North India, it is a nutritious and wholesome meal by itself. Addition of vegetables gives the khichdi great flavour and of course makes it more healthy.
Sending this to 'Lentils Mela' hosted by Ashwini.

I always pressure cook my khichdi, however if cooking in an open pan, use about 4 - 5 cups water. After bringing to a boil, cover and cook on a low flame till done. 

2 tbs oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
4 cloves
5-7 peppercorns
1 medium onion, chopped
5 green chillies or to taste, slit 
1 sprig curry leaves
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
500gms mixed vegetables (carrot, peas, green beans, potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage - any vegetables you like)
3/4 cup rice
1/2 cup mung dal (split mung beans)
3 cups water
salt to taste

Wash the rice and dal and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pressure pan and add the cumin seeds, cloves and peppercorns. When they splutter add the onions, green chillies and curry leaves and fry till golden.
Add the tomatoes, ginger, coriander, cumin and turmeric powder and fry for 2 mins.
Add the vegetables, rice and dal and mix well. Add water and salt. 
Cover the pan and pressure cook for 2 whistles and then on low heat for 15mins. 
Open the cooker only after the pressure has released completely. Serve hot.

Khichdi is usually served with kadhi, a yogurt based curry. I had no time to prepare it today, but will post it another day.

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  1. Great Khichdi..I love anything with multitude of colors in it..:)
    Congrats on the awards..:)

  2. no matter what i do, my khichdi never gets mushy..your look perfect..love it this way..

  3. Congrats Poornima...Kichidi looks great and colorful...its very comforting.

  4. Hi Poornima,
    Khichdi looks mouthwatering :) I too pressure cook my khichdi, the recipe is almost same as yours(same pinch on that ;)) But I also include bayleaf in my preparation.

    Poornima thanks for the kind gesture. This is my first award and will always remain special! Thanks a ton for the encouragement,it means a lot to me.God bless.

  5. Khichdi looks just lovely!! love the combo of khichdi and kadhi :) and congrats on all those awards and thinking of me..thanks a bunch! :)

  6. love the colorful khichdi..my mom use to make it with rice and dal only..nice idea of adding veggies to make it more healthy

  7. Wow veggie studded kichidi looks yum....

  8. congrats on ur award poorinma and moong dal khichdi is new to me,nice recipe,bookmarked it:)

  9. Deeelicious Khichdi, slurp! Enjoy all the awards, hugs! :)

  10. Love the colour and looks so yumm.

  11. Gorgeous Khichdi dear!!!plenty of veggies thats my choice of dish!

  12. I love moong dal khichidi too...this looks so gud and healthy....gud comfort food isn't it dear?

  13. congrats on your awards. kichidi looks yummy. this is one way i can make my toddler eat rice :)

  14. Kichidi looks so delicious. Thanks for those lovely comments dear. You have a wonderful collection. Going thro' them one by one and enjoying:)
    Congrats on all ur awards. Enjoy!

  15. Thank you for all your encouraging remarks.

  16. I don't like to tell anyone this.........but I've never made kichdi before. This one looks yum and I always want to try out your recipes. Keep going girl!
    Thank you for another award. I'm flattered:)

  17. Kichidi looks amazing...
    Congrats on the award...

    Thanks For passing me the award!!!


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