METHI KICHDI




I started preparing kichdi recently after seeing the recipe from a couple of food blogs. I found this dish totally comforting. The rice and dhal combination along with the spices makes a filling meal too. There were some recipes in which vegetables were also added. I made my own twist to this by adding some onions and methi leaves. Methi leaves or fenugreek leaves are very helpful in controlling the blood sugars. A teaspoon of dry fenugreek seeds soaked in water, when taken on an empty stomach in the morning is very helpful for reducing cholesterol, blood sugars, and reducing weight. I try to include these greens at least once a week in our diet either in dhals or potato dishes. I don’t know whether this is a traditional dish but this tasted really good. I paired it with a simple bell peppers curry.


INGREDIENTS:

1. Brown rice, 1 cup.

2. Whole moong dhal, ½ cup.

3. Onion, medium-size, 1.

4. Methi leaves, 1 big bunch.

5. Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon.

6. Cinnamon, 1 small stick.

7. Bay leaf, 1.

8. Cardamom, 2 cloves.

9. Cloves, 2.

10. Salt as per taste.


PREPARATION:

Wash the rice and dhal together and soak it for 1 hour. Wash the greens and chop it into small pieces. Dice the onion finely. Heat a pan or a pressure cooker pan with a tablespoon of oil. Add the spices and fry everything for one minute until good aroma comes from the spices. Add the onions now and sauté for a few minutes until they turn tender. Drain the water from the rice and dhal and add it to the pan. Add 3 cups of water, salt, and the chopped greens, mix everything and cook everything until rice and dhal are cooked (it can be transferred to a microwave rice cooker or electric rice cooker at this stage). I used a pressure cooker for up to 3 whistles and cooked the rice. A teaspoon of ghee can be added once cooked and serve hot with any spicy side dish.


35 comments:

Malar Gandhi said...

Ha ha, its like kitchidi vaaram:) Methi kitchidi sounds yummo' very healthy version for sure.

Sarah Naveen said...

I am yet to try making Kichdi..As you said it looks comforting..have to try this soon..Thanx for the info abt Methi leaves..healthy yummy recipe...

Soma Pradhan said...

Trully delicious and comfort food..Likve methi is nany form

Shri said...

This is new and is totally delicious, Gita:)

Sushma Mallya said...

Very healthy and really delicious...

Tina said...

Healthy and delicious kichdi....

Kanchan said...

Loved this version of khichdi ! even I am trying out these new versions thanks to food blogs !

Nithya said...

Kichdi looks really nice. delicious :)

Cham said...

I make kichdi for lunch box- great meal al together!

rekhas kitchen said...

Humm interesting and very healthy too nice recipe Gita.

Priya said...

Truly healthy..lovely dish looks delicious..

Nandini said...

It's nutritious yo! I love methi! In kichidi, must be more flavorful!

Usha said...

Looks comforting and delicious ! Thanks for sharing the tip about methi seeds...

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Ammu said...

Sounds new & healthy. nice dish.

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious kitchidi....nice entry dear

Padma said...

Healthy Kichidi Gita. Love anything with methi leaves.

FoodLovers said...

Hi Gita Hope u r doing great dear!!
Looks delicious dear !!

kothiyavunu said...

Mom, dad, are great fans of kichdi.. Somehow I never dare to eat it.. But your pics made me get tempted. So wud give it a try!I love the idea of using methi in it... sounds great!

Gulmohar said...

Simple and comforting kichdi...New to me. Addition of methi makes it healthy too :-)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Never tried methi with rice,kichidi sounds good Gita,bet it tasted awesome!

sangeeta said...

i love methi in rice preparations and khichdi n a lot of methi actually...just like you , just a bit thinner khichdi.
your khichdi looks more like a tahiri n my husband would love this for sure..very healthy n i love the aroma of methi in it...

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Prathibha said...

I love methi pulao...but never used in khichdi's...sounds good...

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Abhilash Pillai said...

methi is my favorite and uski kichdi bole toh superb.

This is a new recipe to me and I hope I will be able to make it.

Divya Vikram said...

Havent tried methi in kichdis. Sounds like a wholesome meal!

Padhu said...

Nice comforting and healthy food.
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Mythreyi Dilip said...

I used to make kichadi in different way, ur version sounds interesting and innovative dear:)

Viki's Kitchen said...

Kichidi with methi seems a novel idea. I too don't have the kichidi habit before:) Now learnt it from friends and love it very much.
Yours look very delicious dear.

Chef Jeena said...

These look so so tasty Gita and so healthy too mmmmmmmmm.

Suma Rajesh said...

jsut love them..nicley presented..

Nithya Praveen said...

I am seeing methi everywhere...i commented on two blogs jes now.A very healthy one,i wish we got them easily here...i work with the frozen ones most of the times:)
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Parita said...

So healthy and delicious!!

simply.food said...

Lovely and healthy.Very nutricious.

Bergamot said...

This is nice and healthy khichdi...looks super yummy too.