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khichri

July 25, 2011

khichri (or “khichdi”) wins the award for the fastest, easiest complete and hearty meal i know how to cook, and one of the only healthy “comfort foods” i will accept as being truly comforting.

i do mine in a rice cooker, because it requires absolutely no time, effort, attention, or special ingredients.

make a lentil and rice mixture and add twice as much water.
(ie. a cup of uncooked lentils and rice gets two cups of water.)
add:
– pat of ghee / butter / coconut oil or whatever fat you like (olive oil is ok, but i recommend something more flavorful. at least cut it with a few drops of mustard or sesame oil.)
– a bit of herbs or spices – garam masala or whatever you like. a great easy spice blend for pulses is a few pinches each of cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne, and turmeric. minced ginger, a clove of minced garlic, or a few slices of onion are a must if you like them. but really you can’t go wrong.
– whatever vegetables you have around that can cook in ten minutes (ie. broccoli’s ok, squash is great, leftover vegetables and/or meat are perfect, skip stuff like raw eggplant or raw meat / cook before adding.)

set the thing on “cook” and walk away from it.

top finished khichri with yogurt and cilantro (my personal favorite,) hot sauce and kefir, mayonnaise (this will be “tennessee khichri” in my cookbook,) papaya seeds or slices of mango, crushed nuts, pickled anything, or whatever you like.

THINGS I DO TO KHICHRI SOMETIMES:
– crack an egg into it (before it cooks!)
– add bouillon or broth instead of or in addition to water
– add a sour element – lime juice, lime pickle, tamarind paste or juice, or amchur (sour mango powder)
– make it chinese with some fish or oyster sauce, sesame oil or toasted sesame seeds, and soy sauce. make it thai with a coconut milk and water base, basil, hot peppers, and galangal or lemongrass. make it german with some sliced wurst, kraut, and caraway seeds. make it pizza-like with tomato sauce, cheese, and oregano. make it mexican with mole and cumin.

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One comment

  1. good! good! can’t wait to try some of these wonderful sounding options! so exciting! i feel like i keep reading stuff about mango powder…i need to probably try to get some soon…



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