Khichdi is a simple meal with all necessary ingredients. It's said that to be the most wholesome Indian food, easiest method of preparation and the least time consuming of all possible dishes. If you want you may bring about a difference to this meal by adding ingredients of your choice. Making it a little spicy and adding tasty ingredients , you will definitely observe a taste which differs from the normal daily meals. Let's see the method of preparing paneer masala khichdi.
Ingredients: (for 4-6 people):
Pishari Basmati rice ( 200 gms.)
Mung dal ( 50 gms.) [ a typical type of Indian lentil ]
Chana dal ( 50 gms.) [ a typical type of Indian lentil ]
Carrot ( 2 medium sized grated into smaller pieces)
Green peas ( 30 gms.)
Cauliflower ( half portion of a medium sized one cut into medium pieces)
Paneer chunks ( 100 gms. cut into medium pieces)
Ginger paste ( 1 teaspoon)
Jeera powder ( 1 teaspoon)
Bay leaf ( 2 nos.)
Cinnamom ( 2-3 pcs.)
Cardamom ( 2-3 sticks)
Coriander powder ( 1 teaspoon)
Black pepper ( 10 gms.)
Turmeric powder ( 1/2 teaspoon)
Ghee ( 7-8 tablespoons)
Salt as per taste.
Procedure: Take the rice and 2 types of dal in a conatiner and wash it, then keep it to dry. Heat ghee in a container and dash all the vegetables( carrot, green peas, cauliflower) into it. Add all the spices( jeera, coriander, turmeric powder,black pepper) to it. Add the ginger paste to it. Cook for 5 minutes till the spice emits a typical smell of the bay leaf. Add the cinnamom and cardamom to the mixture. Add the already washed dal and rice to the fried masala. Add the paneer chunks to it. Add 2 cups of water and allow it to simmer. Keep adding water as required by the mixture, but you must see that it does not get any burns. Slowly you will observe that all the vegetables, lentils take an even shape and it turns a nice color. Just use a spoon to test the softness of the rice and lentil. When you feel that the grains are soft and ready to eat then sprinkle some salt according to your choice. You may switch off the fire. For an ultimate taste you may add one dollop of butter on the top of the prepared khichdi.
You may serve it with fried brinjals ( egg plants), potatoes or bhindi's ( lady's finger). It's a wholesome meal and you are sure to give your family the right nutrition in the minimum time involved.