Sunday 6 February 2022

Veggie Rice with Lentils- Chuti Khichdi

Rice is a staple ingredient in my pantry. It can be cooked in so many different ways
This delicious one pot veggie rice with lentils also known in Gujarati cuisine as Chuti Khichdi is really flavoursome and is packed with lots of veggies and lentils to make it healthy and perfect to serve with raita, I make this often when I want comfort food or I am in a hurry where I only need to cook one dish that is a complete meal on its own.

What is Chuti Khichdi?

Khichdi is savoury rice porridge usually made with short-grain rice and moong dhal (lentils) and flavoured with spices. A mixture of vegetables is often added to it to make it a complete meal. It is fairly glutinous in texture due to the use of short-grain rice. Chuti Khichdi is slightly different, it is made with long-grain rice and the rice grains are separate more like a pilaf. In Gujarat, the rice is commonly mixed with Tuver Dhal (split pigeon peas) and cooked with diced vegetables and spices. Again this is one pot meal that is just delicious with a Cucumber Raita, some pickle and pappodams.

What Vegetables can you add to this Chuti Khichdi?

You can add any seasonal vegetables but they work better if they are all cut in the same size.

What is a one pot meal?

One pot meals are dishes that are a complete meal in them selves. They don't need any other accompaniments. These dishes are time saving and great when you want a healthy and nutritious dish in a hurry. The added bonus is that you don't have to do lots of washing up as the meal can be cooked in one pot. All cookware find have some lovely pots that would be ideal to cook the chuti khichdi in.

Some examples of one pot dishes are:

Achari Khichdi

Chinese style fried rice

Cheesy Pasta Bake

Aubergine Bake

Dietary Tips:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan (Can be vegan if you omit the Ghee)
  • Gluten Free

Cooking Tips

To get perfectly cooked Rice use a ratio of 1-2 of rice and water. I always recommend using a shallow non stick pan with a lid to cook my rice dishes.

I used this Zyliss Cook Ultimate Pro Saute Pan which is made from hard anodized aluminium. This Swiss engineered pan has an alpine crystals non stick coating that is 8 times times tougher than any standard coating ensuring that nothing sticks. The pan heats up fast and ensures an even heat so that all food gets cooked evenly. the pan can be used on induction, gas, oven and is dishwasher safe too making it an excellent addition to any kitchen. You can purchase it from Zyliss.

Some tips when cooking the perfect khichdi:

  • Soak the rice and dhal this is a very important step.
  • Saute the onions before adding any thing else as they need to be soft.
  • Saute the rice and dhal to get a nice even coat of oil on them.

  • Once all the ingredients are added, add hot water to the rice and bring to a simmer.
  • Once water is simmering, cover and cook the khichdi. Do not open the lid during this cooking process.
  • Adding ghee during serving enhances the taste however to make the dish vegan you can omit it.

What type of lentils can you use?

I always favour Tuver dhal - pidgeon peas dhal, however you can use moong dhal, masoor dhal or even channa dhal in this recipe.

You can watch a step by step video of this recipe on my you tube channel:

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