Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Panchamel Khichadi

Khichadi is basically a South Asian rice dish which is prepared with a combination of lentils and rice. This Khichadi, that is "Panchamel" is a combination of "Panch" meaning "five" lentils and rice. This dish is time saver, light and very nutritious. It's a great dish for people who are into diet and who also love food. You just need to spend 15 minutes in preparation and 15 minutes in cooking.

Here you go..


1 1/2 cups long grained rice
2 tbsp split red lentil (masoor dal)
2 tbsp split bengal gram (chana dal)
2 tbsp split yellow lentil (yellow moong dal)
2 tbsp red gram dhal (toor dal)

1/2 onion, cut into cubes
1/2 cup cabbage, cut into big pieces
3/4 cup cauliflower, cut into florets
1 potato (medium sized), peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 cup green peas
1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped

Seasoning and spices-
2 Tbsp Ghee or Oil
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp finely chopped Garlic
1 tsp grated Ginger
1 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp Sugar
salt to taste


Clean wash and soak the rice and dals for approx. 15 minutes. Drain and keep aside.

Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds.

When the seeds crackle, add the garlic and ginger and saute for 1 minutes.

Add the onions and saute till the onions turn traslucent.

Add the cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes and peas and saute for some time.

Add the chilli powder, turmeric powder and coriander powder and stir again.

Add the tomatoes and saute for some more time.

Add the rice and dals, 3 1/2 cups of hot water, salt and sugar and pressure cook for 2 whistles.

Allow the steam to escape before opening.

Serve hot.


Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow this sounds yummy and healthy. Adding five dals is something new to me. Will try this out.

Happy cook said...

I have neve rmade khichidi myself, just ate from other peoples kitchen :-)
This looksreally yumm

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Khichadi looks great and colorful nicley selected veggies they gotta be healthy...

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Ramya Kiran said...

Thank you all, this dish is indeed very nutritional and tasty. Do give it a try.

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