In my first job a decade ago, we would all eat lunch together trying to taste different dishes from different kitchens. One of the colleague had brought what she called 'Pongal' which was not like any 'pongal' I was used to. It had onions, and spices. But it tasted damn good. I asked her how it was made and she had told whatever she knew. You see, she never entered kitchen to make something in her house. I kind of remembered the basics and once I started cooking by myself, made up this 'Masala Kichadi'. We like this kichadi not to be too mushy, so if you like it mushy, add more water and cook for longer.
Here it goes..
- Long grain rice - 1 1/2 cup (Or any other rice with high starch content will do)
- Moong dal - 1/2 cup.
- Onions - 1 big or 3 little chopped into chunks
- Cilantro - chopped about 1/4 cup
- salt - to taste
- Pepper corns - about a tsp or more
- Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
- Oil - 4 TBSP
- Cinnamon stick - 1 inch piece
- Cardamom - 2 - 3 whole
- Cloves - 5 -6
- Water - 4 - 6 cups depending on desired consistency of the end product
- Turmeric - a big pinch
- Green chillies - 10 - 12
- Garlic pods - 3- 4
- Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Take a pressure cooker. Dry roast moong dal till nice aroma comes. Add it to the bowl containing rice and let them soak in water together. Heat oil in the same pressure cooker pan. When hot, add cumin, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and the ground paste. Saute for a minute and then add chopped onions. Add turmeric, salt and stir and let it cook stirring occasionally. When onions are cooked, drain the soaked dal and rice and add it to the pan. Stir and add water. Check for the salt. Let it come to a full boil and then close the pressure cooker lid. Don't put the weight yet. When the steam starts coming out of the weight opening in steady stream, put the weight on and lower the flame. Let it cook till one whistle if you want it dry or 3 whistles if you want it mushy. When the pressure is released, remove the lid and mix well. Serve with any kind of chutney, gojju, raita or plain yogurt and pickle.
I apologize for the bad pictures (not that my photography is great or anything), but these pictures did not come out good at all.
Happy Cooking!! Pin It