I am a huge fan of broken wheat or cracked wheat . Commonly called as dalia or godumai ravai, it is a powerhouse of nutrition and fiber. I involve them in my everyday eating as much as possible. When I spotted a lovely recipe for a khichdi with the broken wheat and lentils in Tarla Dalal’s The Complete Gujarati Cook Book, I was one happy soul. The book a win from Gayathri’s WTML event, is a treasure trove of recipes from the ‘Land of the Legends’ and this recipe like others is a keeper.
The khichdi/khichdee/kedgeree, a one pot meal is a wholesome dish on its own. I cooked the dish with more water than given in the recipe to give it a more mushy texture. It was perfect for my little one to wipe his plate clean. The dish is pressure cooked, though you can also cook the dish in a thick bottomed vessel in exactly the same way. Cook with the lid closed till the lentils are well done.
- Broken Wheat – ¾ cup- approx 100 grams
- Yellow Moong Dal – 1 cup – 200 grams
- Ghee – 1 tbsp
- Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
- Cinnamon – 1 stick
- Cloves – 3
- Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
- Asafoetida – ½ tsp
- Onion – 1 large (chopped)
- Potato – 1 large (scrubbed and cubed)
- Carrot – 2 small (cubed)
- Green peas – a fistful
- Cauliflower – 1 small flower
- Ginger & Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp
- Whole pepper corn – ½ tsp
- Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
- Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Water – 4 cups – as required
- Chopped Coriander
Wash and soak the broken wheat and the lentils in enough water. Drain and keep aside.
In a pressure cooker, heat the ghee and the oil and as it warms up add the cinnamon,cloves,cumin and asafoetida.
When the seeds crackle, add the onion and saute for a few seconds. Tip in the remaining vegetables and saute. Add the remaining ingredients including the lentil and the broken wheat. Saute on a medium flame for a few minutes.
Add water, mix well and pressure cook up to 4 whistles.
Take off flame. Once all the steam escapes, open the lid. Stir the khichdi very well adding little hot water if required. Garnish and serve hot with choice accompaniments.
Finger-licking good. The dish simmered with vegetables and spices is a delectable meal. Perfect on its own or can also be served with curd and papads.