The items you’re going to need:
- ½ cup split and husked moong dal
- ½ pot of rice of your choice, for example, Basmati
- ⅓ cup chopped onions
- ⅓ cup chopped tomatoes
- ½ teaspoon of chopped green chillies
- 1 teaspoon of chopped ginger
- 1 tablespoon of Molo Gobhi Gajar Shalgam Pickle
- 1 teaspoon of jeera, turmeric powder, and asofoetida (hing)
- 2 tbsp ghee
- Salt according to taste
For prepping the rice and lentils:
- Rinse the rice and moong lentils together. After that, immerse both of them in water for around 30 minutes.
- Drain and set aside the lentils and rice after they have had time to absorb the water.
For sauteing spices and vegetables:
- In a 3 litre pressure cooker, heat 2 tablespoons ghee or oil, then add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds or jeera.
- Add the finely sliced onions as soon as the cumin begins to sputter. Sauté until the onions are transparent and tender.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, chopped green chili, and chopped ginger once the onions have become translucent. Mix well.
- Add turmeric powder and a pinch of asafoetida after the tomatoes have been stirred in (hing). It's up to you whether or not to use hing.
- Once all the spices have been added, to add more of a tangy and spicy character to the Khichdi add 1 tablespoon of Molo Gobhi Gajar Shalgam Pickle to it. Stir it well so that all the spices and the pickle get immersed with the Khichdi.
- Cook, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes have softened.
Add the rice and lentils to the mix
- After that, add the drained rice and moong lentils to the pressure cooker and stir for approximately a minute, or until all of the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
- To taste, season with salt. Saute the rice and lentils for just a minute longer.
- Next, deglaze the bottom and sides of the cooker by adding 3.5 cups water and mixing thoroughly.
- Finally, on medium-high to high heat, seal the lid tightly and pressure cook for 8 to 9 minutes or 7 to 8 whistles. Open the lid when the pressure in the cooker lowers naturally (this may take a few minutes).
- Simmer for a few minutes, stirring frequently.
The most important step:
- Serve your bowl of moong dal khichdi with a dollop of Gobhi, Gajar, Shalgam ka Achaar for an authentic ghar ka khaana feeling.
- You can even serve it with some curd, a topping of ghee, and some papad for the crunch!