KICHADI FOR LUNCH AND A MELODIOUS VINTAGE SONG, JEEN ISIKA NAAM HAI

The other day on my way back I heard an old song on my car radio. I still cant get its whistling out of my head.

I came home and watched the song on Youtube, as much as a delight it was to my ears with such happy lyrics and the whistling,  it was also a delight to my eyes. I enjoyed seeing old beautiful Bombay with open spaces as for me ever since I have seen Mumbai its an amazon of concrete skyscrapers.

It woke the grand ma in me thus made a simple kichadi for lunch.

This kichadi is my aunt’s recipe. We had gone on a family trip to USA after trotting a few places,  we reached our aunt’s place and no matter how many miles one travels or runs away from home, you miss your roots and we are Gujarati Patel family thus were missing kichadi – one of our basic meals.

My aunt cooked this kichadi and boy! We had a feast !

RECIPE : KICHADI OF SPLIT MONG DAL

RECIPE COURTESY: JYOTI PATEL 

INGREDIENTS:

(Serves 4)

1 cup rice

3/4 cup green split mong dal

2 small potatoes chopped in 1 inch pieces julianne

1 large onion chopped julianne

7-8 cloves of garlic finely chopped

1 inch ginger finely chopped

3 Green chilies finely chopped

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp mustard seeds

2 tsp assfeotid / hing ( I don’t think I can cook food at home with this)

2 pices of cloves

1 bay leaf

1 small piece of cinnamon

1 tbsp of ghee ( I made a low fat version thus my kichadi had 1 tsp but for a proper taste 1 tbsp or more is necessary)

METHOD:

Soak the rice and dal for atleast 10 minutes.

In a pressure cooker heat the ghee. Add the mustard seeds once they splutter add the hing, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf. After 30 seconds add the garlic, ginger, green chilies and onions. Fry for 2 minutes . Add the potatoes, turmeric powder, the kichadi pre- soaked mix, salt and water about 3 cups ( water to be added is different in each pressure cooker)

Close the lid of the pressure cooked and cook on a low flames for 3 whistles. Shut down the flame and open the pressure cooker only when it had completely cooled down.

As my cooker went on whistling till I smelled the cooked kichadi, I was trying to whistle  like Kisi ki muskurahatoo ke ho nissar. After too many out tune attemps, only I knew that I was whisling to that tune. No one else could figure out !

Jeena Isi ka naam hai… 😊

 

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