Stuffed Vegetable Khichdi

Stuffed Vegetable Khichdi

by , Published: October 17, 2011

Khichdi is commonly served with an Indian Dish called Kadhi. Other common accompaniments are papads, beguni (Deep fried eggplants in a besan batter), ghee (Clarified butter), pickle and Yogurt. I took my inspiration with this and created my own version of Stuffed Vegetable Khichdi. Basically I did a fusion of two Gujarati Dishes, Sambhariyu and Khichdi.

Stuffed Vegetable Khichdi is a tasty and nutritious meal in itself, easy to cook too! Easiest part of this recipe is, you just need to dump all the ingredients into the pressure cooker, and wait for a magical delicious dish to serve hot with Ghee!hearts and spread sweetness!

Soaking time: 20 mins
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
To Be Mixed Together Into A Masala Mixture:
2 tbsp coriander-cumin seeds powder (धनीया जीरा)
1 tbsp sugar (चीनी)
1 1/2 tbsp chilli powder (लाल मिर्च)
3/4 cup freshly grated coconut (नारीयल)
1/3 cup finely chopped coriander (हरा धनीया)
a pinch of asafoetida (हिंग)
salt to taste (नमक)

Other Ingredients
5 to 7 small onions , peeled (प्याज)
3 to 4 small potatoes , peeled (आलू)
2 to 3 small brinjals (बैगन)
3 tbsp ghee (घी)
a pinch of asafoetida (हिंग)
1 cup short grained rice , soaked and drained (चावल)
1/3 cup toovar dal , soaked and drained (अरहर)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (हलदी)
1/4 cup green peas (हरे मटर)
salt to taste (नमक)

Method :

1. Make criss-cross slits on the onions, potatoes and brinjals taking care not to separate the segments (you can use vegetables you like, be innovative dont restrict yourself with these three veggies).
2. Stuff each of the onions, potatoes and brinjals evenly using the prepared masala mixture. Keep aside.
3. Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a pressure cooker, add the asafoetida, rice, toovar dal and turmeric powder, mix gently and saute on a medium flame for a minute.
4. Add stuffed vegetables, green peas, salt and 2 1/2 cups of hot water, mix gently and pressure cook on a high flame for 3 whistles.
5. Allow the steam to escape using natural release method, (refer tips) before opening the lid.
6. Add the remaining 1 tbsp of ghee, mix well and serve immediately.

Tips:
1. Natural release method: to use this method, remove the pressure cooker from the hot burner and let the pressure drop by cooling down naturally.
2. It works best for grains and for beans that you might use for salads, as quick-releasing the pressure can cause the beans to split apart.

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