Saturday, 4 January 2014

Khichdi Kadhi

This is my comfort food!! Quick to make, great in taste and very healthy!! When you are in hurry but want to eat something yummy, filling and comforting. Make khichdi kadhi and enjoy!!
Every region in India has different variants of the humble khichdi!! Came to know about it after I got married and MIL whipped up a different looking khichdi.
The one that I am sharing is Gujarati khichdi. You may find different variants of khichdi in different Gujarati homes too. Some people use chilke wali moong daal, some use yellow moong daal and some even use toor daal!! Tempering and spices used in khichdis also vary. Some do tadka using tel and some use ghee. Some of them add jeera and some other add methi. Some also add cloves and black pepper. Sometimes vegetable too are added to make it more healthy and complete!!
Wow!! One humble dish and so many variants!!
Same thing can be said about kadhi. Punjabi kadhi is different than Gujarati kadhi. And as I have seen different Gujarati homes make different kadhi.
At my home, kadhi is incomplete without green chili, ginger and garlic paste and a generous ghee ka tadka!! And we don't add sugar to our kadhi that many Gujarati families add. Though I like the one with sugar too, but I have a soft spot for the simple version of kadhi that my mom (and my grandmom and her mom and her grandmom) has been making :)


Khichdi Kadhi
Khichdi Kadhi

Ingredients for khichdi:

1 Cup Rice
1/2 cup yellow moong daal (split green gram)
2 cups of water (may vary according to your rice and daal)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon methi daana (Fenugreek seeds)
salt to taste
2 teaspoon ghee or oil for tadka
1 generous pinch of mustard seeds (rai/sarson)
a pinch of hing (Asafoetida)

Ingredients for kadhi:

2 cups thick curd
1 tablespoon besan
salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (optional)
1 green chili, 1/2 cm long ginger peeled, 4 garlic cloves peeled - grounded to get a coarse paste (you can use readymade paste too)
2 teaspoon Ghee for tadka (You must use ghee, makes a lot of difference)
1 generous pinch of mustard seeds
a pinch of hing (Asofoetida)
1 twig kadi patta (mitho limdo)
a pinch of jeera

Method for making Khichdi:

1) Mix daal and rice. Wash and soak for 20 minutes. (If you are in hurry you can skip soaking).
2) Add salt, turmeric powder and methi daana to it.
3) Now in a kadai take ghee or oil for tadka. Add mustard seeds to it. Once they crackle, add hing to it.
4) Mix the tadka with the soaked dal rice. and pressure cook for 3 whistles (or whatever time it takes in your cooker to get the rice cooked).

That's it folks!! Khichdi is ready!!

Method for making Kadhi:

1) In a pan take curd and beat it. Add besan to it and beat . Add water to adjust it to a little thicker than sambar consistency. (We like it thick, you can dilute it if you prefer).
2) Add salt, turmeric and green chili ginger garlic paste. mix well.
3) Cook it on medium flame till the kadhi boils. Takes around 7-10 minutes.
Keep stirring continuously. If you stop stirring then the solid and liquid separates. This is called "Kadhi footi gayi" (Kadhi got broken)!! And footeli kadhi is not the done thing.
3) Now for tadka (tempering) take ghee in a small kadai. Plz take ghee, it's really important.
4) Add mustard seeds to it, once they crackle add jeera then hing and in the end kadi patta.
5) Mix it with kadhi and boil for one more time. Should take around 5 minutes. Don't forget to stir continuously.

And kadhi is ready!! Garnish with dhania patta if you have it around.

Khichdi Kadhi
Khichdi Kadhi

Serve khichdi with kadhi and a spoonfull of ghee. Papad and pickles too tastes great with it. At my home we have Khichdi kahdi with jeera meetha ni bhakhari, papad, methiyu athanu and kanda bataka nu shaak. 

Sending this to Dish it out - Light Dinner event hosted by Preetha and conceptualized by Vardhini..

This post is part of blogathon 2014

24 comments:

  1. The name is somewhat different than how its known over here. I think you know that I am a big eater of rice. I am loving this khichdi, And when ghee? Oh yum.

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    1. Yes, ghee takes it to a different level!! Try it..

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  2. I had no idea Khichdi and Kadhi are a combination lol! My mom makes awesome Kadhi and I make Kichdi when someone is sick :) Never together though, someday we will try!

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    1. I think it's a combo in Gujarat!! Try it out to see if you like the combo :)

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  3. I love this Khichdi-kadi combo with ringna no oro, that's how we often make it at home.

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  4. looks delicious. an all time comfort food. Very well prepared.

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  5. Simply delicious recipe to be served for a light dinner Thanks for linking to my event.

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  6. When too much eating out hapens, khichdi is must in my house with kadhi, bhakri n dungli bataka nu shak. All time favorite

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    1. Yes, a perfect way to give your digestive system some much needed rest!!

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  7. Khichdi is my all time favourite.. This comes to hand during lazy days.. Love your khichdi and kadhi.

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  8. I love this combo khichadi and kahdi.... Colors looks so amazing....

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  9. we all have our own set of comfort food... that plate does look like one... :)

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  10. hey !! this luks really yum..dear...nice recipe. Wishes for a very happy year ahead...

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    1. Thanks and wish you too a happy new year...

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  11. For a long time in my life I used to hate Khichdi Kadhi! If mom would make it I would protest by eating maggi but not khichdi kadhi... although living in a hostel and kathiawadi hotels changed the perception for me. Also for a long time I used to believe only Ghareeb log eat Khichdi Kadhi! I mean how silly is that! :P lol...

    Thankfully I now like it and quite look forward to eating it, normally monday nights is Khichdi Kadhi to cleanse the system after over eating and outside eating on weekends :P

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    1. LOL!! really?! My hubby believed that khichdi is bimaar logo ka khana :)
      Good that you have started enjoying khichdi!!

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  12. Hi
    First time here....loved the recipe...It looks very simple and Yummy....:)

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