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Khicede from Indian State Odisha

Khichdi or khichri is a dish in Indian cuisine made of rice and lentils (dal) with numerous variations. In Indian culture, in several regions, especially in the northern areas, it is considered one of the first solid foods that babies eat.

Khichdi is a very popular dish across the Indian subcontinent which consists of, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The dish is also widely prepared in many Indian states, such as Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, and Maharashtra. Vegetables such as cauliflower, potato, and green peas are commonly added.


Khichdi was the inspiration for Anglo-Indian kedgeree. Khichdi is a popular traditional staple in Haryana, specially in the rural areas. Haryanvi khichdi is made from pearl millet and mung dal (split mung bean) pounded in mortar (unkhal), and often eaten by mixing with warm ghee or lassi, or even yogurt. Sometimes, jowar is also mixed with bajra and mung dal.


In 2017, Indian media unofficially designated it as the "national dish", as it is being globally promoted by the government of India as "queen of all foods". The report that the government may designate khichri as India's "national dish" brought significant ridicule from the opposition politicians.

However, India's Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal clarified that while Khichdi is considered nutritious and healthy food in India, the government did not have any plans to designate a national food.


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Khicede

Khicede
Khicede

Course : Main dish

Cuisine : Indian

Prep time : 10 minutes

Process time : 20 minutes

Total time : 30 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • Rice - 1/2 cup

  • Moong dal - 1/4 cup

  • Onion - 1

  • Potato - 1

  • Peas - 1/4 cup

  • Chili powder - 1 tsp

  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

  • Curry leaves - 1 string

  • Mustard seeds -1 tsp

  • Salt - as per taste

  • Oil - 2 tsp

Instructions:

  1. In a pan, add oil, mustard seeds and curry leaves allow them to crackle

  2. Add chopped onion, potato and peas and saute them well

  3. Add washed, soaked rice and moong dal to it

  4. Then add chili powder, turmeric powder and salt as per taste and saute well until aromatic

  5. Add water to it and cover and cook until all vegetables are cooked, then garnic with coriander leaves

  6. Serve hot

Pictorial:

oil, mustard seeds & curry leaves
oil, mustard seeds & curry leaves

onion
onion

potato
potato

peas
peas

spice powder & salt
spice powder & salt

rice & moong dal
rice & moong dal

water
water

cook until vegetables are done
cook until vegetables are done

garnish with coriander leaves
garnish with coriander leaves

serve hot
serve hot
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