Friday, July 4, 2008

BIHARI PALAK KHICHDI aur uske chaar yaar : The Indian Comfort Food.

"Jahan Chaar Yaar Mil Jaayen Wahin Raat Ho Gulzar .."



Yeah, the minute i have khichdi it reminds me of this song, i always wonder who would have coined this terminology, "khichdi aur uske chaar yaar", yes this is the term used for khichdi, which literally means 'hodge podge' or mish mash, accompanied by its chaar yaar, four friends, "raita, achar, papad, ghee" which makes for a complete one-pot meal, and is the proud leading candidate in the comfort food zone.



For me khichdi has been my savious in many lazy but craving days when i want to have something good and interesting but in no mood of outside food and elaborate preparations. There are times when iam super lazy i go for my simple moong dal khichdi, otherwise when theres still some love for veggies left i go for a veggie style khichdi, the bihari style with a combination of 2 dals and some veggies. As i had mentioned in this post the moong dal khichdi was taught to me by prachi which was never made at our house, as we southies were used to the traditional venpongal, with the yellow moong, ever since i have discovered this kind of khichdi once a staple diet in college, explored more, experimented more, and this has been an all time favorite comfort food for me.There were days when i would tell prachi .. aaj kuch halka khane ka mann kar raha hai prachi ... and she would instantly respond.. seedhe bol na .. khichdi khani hai ... and how can i forget her most
interesting tadka, well i guess this is enough motivation for all you guys who havent had the different types of khichdi to go fetch your cooker and stir up some delcious khichdi for youself.

This one is a nice blend of lentils, veggies, soy granules, and some spices, go ahead and try it if you havent had it this way.

This hardly take 15-20 mins to prepare apart from the pressure cooking time. And serves 2-3.

Ingredients:1/2 cup Masoor dal
1/2 cup Moong dal(split green lentil),
1 cup Basmati or ,any long grained rice.
1 cup finey chopped vegetables of your choice(i used onions, palak and capsicum, s that was all i had)
1 cup cooked soy granules
1 Cardamom, seeded
2 cloves
1 Black Cardamom seeded
1" Cinnamon stick
1 tsp chilli pwd
1 tsp Cumin seeds,
1 tsp cumin wd
2 tsp Coriander pwd
1 tsp garam masala,
1/2 tsp turmeric



Method:
Heat some ghee(clarified butter) in a pressure cooker, and fry the spices, like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves
for 1 or two minutes, now add the cumin seeds and let it splutter. Add the onions and saute for another minute to let it turl golden
brown, now add all the veggies and the pwder spices and fry it or another minute, add the soy granules, the lentils and the rice, fry it for another minute and
then add 4 cups of water.when the pressure releases, open and add the tadka
if you like.


Serve with the chaar yaars. i didnt have papad, but its a perfect pairing for a khichdi. And i served it with carrot onion raita, ghee and achar.


Disclaimer: Thid is an extension to the traditional bihari khichdi, to make it more veggie oriented and more healthy.

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This goes as my entry to Archanas One Dish Meal Event

22 comments:

  1. Swati, you totally crack me up. I'm sitting here and reading out your post to my SIL right now. Chaar yaar? I have never heard of this terminology. It's so cute. I'm gonna tell my mom about this phrase. And what an elaborate khichdi. I make a really simple one compared to yours!

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  2. Interesting Kichdi and confort food too :)

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  3. we also have the same about khichdi song, as i like to call it, making sure it rhymes:)
    khichdi ke chaar yaar
    ghee,papad, dahi, achaar!
    Palak khicdi is new to me, but sounds yummy!

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  4. swati..you sure make a post very interesting to read!...nice one..though I have never made a kichadi in my life...:))

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  5. Oh thats too funny!! :-) The khichdi looks superb! I love it. Valli, pongal is a kind of khichdi - dal and rice cooked together basically...

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  6. Khichidi looks superb girl..loved teh recipe will try it ok..

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  7. Yummy Khichdi! Will taste even better with those chaar yaars! :)

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  8. lovely post Swati, Love the khichidi, have everything at hand will make it for dinner. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I've heard of the " chaar yaar" bit before but never was sure what the 4 items were.:)
    Right now I'm too lazy to make even a khichdi!:D

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  10. Kichadi is the most comfort food and with so many healthy ingredients into it,nothing better to make on a lazy day

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  11. One jaadu ki jhappi waiting for you at my blog...go check it out now

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  12. I like the khichdi's chaar yaar phrase. Khichdi looks fabulous! I make much simpler ones!

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  13. I heart khichdi!
    Your looks really good, and sounds very different:)

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  14. YUM! I made these too for Bihari cuisine, love it. Spinach in there sounds great!:)

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  15. I like the addition of veggies here..And the raita looks beautiful..Bookmarked!

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  16. lovely write up swathi..i dont know how u come up witht he right songs for a particular dish :)..u r too good...u r right abt khichdi being the most comfort food...when i prepare one i dont prepare any side dishes..just have it like that :)...will try this recipe soon...

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  17. Wow....the dish looks great and the name is really spot on :)

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  18. Swati we made this and it was wonderful, have blogged about it too.

    http://medhaa.blogspot.com/2008/07/swatis-bihari-palak-khichidi.html

    Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

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  19. Love the combo of Khichdi and its "chaar yaar". excellent thinking :)

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  20. Hey dear its been such a long time........I havent visited ur blog... its a pleasure to see all ur new recipes....:D yummmm yumm yummmmmm!

    Will try this one in the weekend...:D

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  21. Quite helpful data, lots of thanks for your article.

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  22. lovely recipe... i just now ate it with the chaar yaar.. really khicdi has been a comfort food for a long time.. different people make it differently and it tastes different everytime u make it..

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