I’m sick today so made myself a little comfort food. This khichadi is the Indian equivalent of grilled cheese and tomato soup ? It’s rice and dal, cooked together in a Instant Pot until mushy, flavored with ghee, cumin seeds, turmeric and salt. Every little baby grows up eating this, and it’s supposed to be really easy on your stomach. I love peanuts in my version.
To make this, you’ll need some kind of daal. You want something like moong dal, or masoor dal or something that is split, not whole dal. Don’t use chana dal which won’t cook fast enough. The combination of rice and dal makes this a complete, vegetarian protein source. Here are some examples of daal that will work (all except the one at the top right, the little brown ones, because see how that’s an entire bean, not split like the others? That’s not what you want. You want split beans like the others)
For additional nerd points, I can tell you that the dish/word Kedgeree is an anglicized version of the Indian khichadi. So now you know.
You want this to be mushy but not soupy. Here’s how I made this.
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
- 1/4 cup spanish red or other roasted peanuts
- 3/4 cup short grain rice (such as jasmine or sona masoori)
- 1/4 cup moong dal or whatever kind of split dal you have or a mix of them
- 1 3/4 cup water (one and three quarters, not 13 cups of water)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Mix the rice and dal and rinse well
- Turn your Instant Pot on Sauté and high heat, and when it's hot, add ghee
- Once the ghee melts and starts to shimmer, add the cumin seeds into the oil and wait for them to start sputtering like popcorn
- Add in the turmeric and let it sizzle so it doesn't taste raw
- Quickly add in peanuts and stir around and then add the rice and dal
- Stir until all of it is coated with the ghee
- Pour in water, add salt, and set your Instant Pot on high for 10 minutes
- Allow NPR and open carefully. You may meed to add a 1/4 c of water at this point if the rice has absorbed all of it.
- Stir everything together and serve with additional ghee or a little yogurt on the side.