I go on a 24 hour fast once a week and end my fast by eating a bowl of hot Vegetable Kichdi.This is light on the tummy.A fast should never end with heavy food. This dish is made with Rice, Moong dal ,Veggies and is easily digested . I look forward to this treat at the end of the day. Here is the simple recipe.
Ingredients for one serving :
Mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin 1/4 tsp
Urad dal 1/4 tsp
Black pepper as per the spiciness that you can bear 🙂
It is OK if one of the above is missing in your spice rack. But pepper is a must.
Rice : 2 tbsp
Quinoa (optional): 2 tbsp
Moong Dal ( Split Green gram ): 2 tbsp
Wash and soak Rice and Quinoa in water and keep aside.
Ginger : 1 inch piece chopped into small pieces
Curry leaves : one or two sprigs
Veggies : you can use capsicum, carrot, beans, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, corn or any other veggies. Any two veggies are good enough. I am using Capsicum and Carrot today.
Ghee 1 tsp
Asafoetida : a small pinch
Salt : As per your taste
Water : 4 times the volume of rice , quinoa and moong Dal.
Place all of them in a bowl. You will need water 4 times this volume.
Preparation : Use a pressure cooker
Roast the moong dal in the dry pan till you smell the flavour of nicely fried moong dal. It should change into a very light brown colour. Empty the moong dal into another bowl.
Add oil in the same pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin, urad dal and black pepper to the oil. Let them splutter.
Add ginger pieces , chilli and curry leaves. Fry for 30 secs . Add all the cut veggies and stir for a minute.
Now , drain the soaked rice, quinoa and add to the pan. Also add moong dal . Add water. Add salt . Close the pan with the lid and put the pressure weight. Let it cook on medium heat till you hear 5 to 6 whistles. Let the pressure reduce before you open the cooker.
Add the ghee and mix it well so all the contents get mashed up and the flavors combine well. Hot and yummy Vegetable Kichdi is ready !! You can eat with a little pickle or chutney on the side, if you wish. Your tummy will thank you 🙂