Khichdi a dish made of rice and dal (lentils), in ghee (Indian Clarified butter) and herbs like Cilantro/Coriander and vegetables with very few spices is one the most comforting, light on stomach and detox food that nourishes and cleanses the body by flushing out the toxins. It forms the part of the Satvik diet and best recommended for children, elderly people and those who are suffering from any kind of stomach related problems.There are many forms of Khichdi, as different lentils can be used in combination with rice.
Like Til and Gur have their significance on Makar Sankranti, Urad Dal Khichdi is Makar Sankranti special in Uttar Pradesh(India). Donating this Khichdi mix (rice grains and urad dal/lentil mix) along with jaggery/gur to priests in temples and needy is considered auspicious. People also cook it and have it on this day. To know more about Makar Sankranti, pls see the post.. Til and Khus Khus Chikki with Coconut Sugar.
During Makar Sankranti, mom always made this khichdi and we enjoyed it with some buttermilk, gur and radish.
We can make this Khichdi in pressure cooker(Indian style) and also in Instant Pot. The method for preparation remains the same for both the methods. Using ghee for this Khichdi is recommended but you can also use any oil of your choice. Replacing ghee with oil makes it suitable for vegans. Also, to make it gluten-free omit hing from it. Do not forget to add ginger to it, as it adds on to the Ayurvedic benefits of this khichdi and makes it easily digestible.
Let's see how I make this Chilka Urad Dal Khichdi.
Chilka Urad Dal Khichdi for Makar Sankranti
- 1 Cup Basmati Rice
- 1/2 Cup Chilka Urad Dal/Split Black Gram Lentil
- 1 Tbsp Desi Ghee
- 1/4 tsp Hing/Asafeotida
- 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1 tbsp Ginger+Green Chilli paste/finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder optional
- Salt to taste
- Soak together rice and urad dal for around half an hour.
- Take a pressure cooker, add 1 Tbsp ghee to it. When the ghee is warm enough, add hing to it, followed by jeera(cumin seeds).
- Let the jeera brown a little, add chopped ginger and chillies. You can also crush together ginger and chillies and make a coarse paste. Add turmeric powder.
- Add rice and dal and salt and mix. Add enough water to cook rice and dal, put the pressure cooker lid and cook till 2-3 whistles on medium flame.
- Wait till the pressure releases. Open the lid and check for the doneness of Khichdi. All the water should evaporate, and rice and dal should be soft.
Khichdi in Instant Pot
Chilka Urad Dal Khichdi in Instant Pot
- Soak Lentils and Rice for at least half and hour before cooking.
- Finely chop or make a coarse paste of ginger and green chillies.
- Set the Saute mode on and adjust the temperature to high. When the oil is hot, add asafoetida and cumin seeds and saute.
- Add rice and lentils, turmeric powder and salt and mix. Add water above 1 inches above the khichdi.
- Cancel the saute mode and set on the pressure cooker mode. Close the lid and set the timer to 5 minutes(high) and start the timer.
- Once done, wait for another 5 minutes and then release the pressure(quick release pressure).
- Enjoy hot Khichdi with curd/yogurt/buttermilk.
Best enjoyed hot just out of the cooker, with a spoonful of ghee on top and a bowl of curd or a glass of buttermilk/chaas. Make this Khichdi on the auspicious day of Sankranti for lunch and enjoy this satvik meal with your loved ones!!
Sharing Chilka Urad Dal Khichdi with my #178 Foodie Monday BlogHop group. The theme this week as decided by all the group members Harvest Harmony, dedicated to Harvest festivals that India celebrates during this time of the year. Lohri in Punjab, Makar Sankranti in Northern and Western India, Pongal in Southern parts and Bihu in eastern parts of India. This time of the year marks one of the most auspicious time of the the year and Sun God is worshipped as this period marks the transition of Sun from winter period to longer days.
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