This brown rice khichdi recipe is a blast from the past. It was first published in my weekly Indian Express recipe column. Because of continuous travel, which is expected to last for another month or so, I haven’t been able to find my rhythm of creating and writing. But khichdi is a favourite dinner meal for both of us and when I came to my mom’s home last night, a bowl of warm moong dal khichdi is what I was craving for, which made it perfect for sharing today.
At the core of it, khichdi is a simple rice and lentil casserole but given the variety of lentils and rice that we have in India, no two households will be making the same khichdi recipe. On top of it, the veggies and the spices added to khichdi vary from one cook to another.
In this brown rice khichdi recipe I have used two kinds of whole lentils — green moong beans and brown moth beans. Not only is this brown rice and lentil casserole full of happy nutrients and lots of fibre, it has a rich earthy and rustic taste.
Lentil and Brown Rice Khichdi
Ingredients (1cup = 240ml; 1tbsp = 15ml; 1tsp = 5ml)
- ½ cup brown rice
- ¼ cup whole green moong bean
- ¼ cup brown moth beans
- 1-2 green chillies chopped
- 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
- ½ inch ginger finely chopped
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 tomatoes puréed
- a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- Lemon juice to taste
- 2 tsp oil
- Wash the rice and lentils under running water. Soak in 3 cups of hot water for 30 minutes.
- Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add asafoetida and cumin seeds. When the seeds start to crackle, add chopped onions. Sauté the onion for a minute.
- Add chopped ginger, garlic and chillies to the onions. Sauté for 5 mins.
- Add the tomato purée and the remaining spices. Mix well. Sauté for a minute. Drain the rice and lentils and to the onion-tomato mix. Mix well. Add 2 cups water, close and pressure cook for two whistles. (If cooking in a stock pot, cook for about 20 minutes till the lentils are tender and the rice is cooked through.)
- Remove from heat and let the steam escape on its own before opening the cooker.
- Serve hot with some papads and pickle.
Since both the rice and lentils are used with their skin, the recipe is rich in fibre. The high fibre content is great news for bowel function and digestion. Eating whole grains like brown rice and whole lentils not only helps in reducing weight it also prevents gaining more weight.
We all know lentils are a rich source of protein, but so in brown rice. One cup of brown rice has 15g of protein as opposed to 4.2g in white rice! Try switching white rice with brown rice and other varieties like red and wild rice in different rice recipes and you will see a difference in your health.
Did you make this recipe? You have to try it for the rustic and earthy flavours of Indian cuisine!
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