Khitchari (Complete Meal in One)


This recipe comes from Diet for the 21st Century written by David Wright, it is egg free and meatless cooking with 100 non-dairy recipes too.  If you want to get hold of a copy:  ISBN 0-9692669-0-1 .

This is an all in one recipe and I can usually find most of the ingredients in my cupboard.

To make you will need the following:

100g (1 cup) well washed Basmati Rice
112g (1/2 cup) washed split Mung Beans
2 med Carrots peeled and cubed
1 small Sweet Potato cubed
1.5L (6 cups) Water
78g (1/2 cup) Cracked Wheat
Ginger Root cubed to taste (I have used a piece about 1 inch)
60ml (1/4 cup) Ghee or Light Vegetable Oil
1/2 tablespoon Mustard Seeds
1/2 tablespoon Cumin Seeds
1/2 tablespoon Ajwain Seeds (if you have not got these maybe a little thyme instead)
1/2 tablespoon Fenugreek Powder
1/2 teaspoon Asafoetida
1 teaspoon Cayenne
4 teaspoons Salt or to taste
2 teaspoons Molasses

Combine the rice, mung beans, carrots, potatoes and water in large thick bottomed pot and boil over high heat stirring occasionally;remember the consistency of this should be very much like porridge, so don’t add to much water

While beans, rice and vegetables are cooking, toast cracked wheat and ringer root in a thick bottomed pan, stirring constantly, and add the preparation

To prepare chaunce? (spice mixture): Heat the ghee or oil in small frying pan until it begins to smoke, add the mustard seeds, when they begin to pop add cumin seeds. When the seeds are lightly browned add ajwain seeds and brown them. Add the powdered spices, cook light, then add spices to the rice and vegetables. Stir well and continue cooking until the beans, rice and vegetables are soft and the preparation has a porridge like consistency.

Turn off the heat and add the molasses and salt.

This should serve five.

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