Friday, April 30, 2010

One Pot Meal-Sambar Flavoured Khichdi

P shall not be home for dinner tonight, has some business meeting thing going on and preparing dinner for 1 is rather a boring thing to do, hence wanted to make a one pot meal but not khichdi, oh!! I simply hate that bland taste of khichdi (P loves it though) so added a lill sambar powder to make it sambar flavoured khichdi, please stay calm, it came out well :), had a nice surprise of that South-Indian flavour kick to a Gujarati dish. I also added some veggies to it as we can't skip out daily vegetable intake :).
Its easy and tasty, I think I'm gonna stick with this sambar flavour for my khichdi for long long time. Although I actually ended up making this dish for two by mistake, as soon as I doused rice and dal of that quantity I realized what crime I had committed and knew there was no turning back now. I'm sure some frustrated inventor cum cook was behind the invention of refrigerator .... :) hehe.

1 cup basmati rice
1/2 cup toor dal
, together in a bowl for atleast 20 minutes.

Heat 1 tbs oil in pressure cooker and add
1/4 tsp methi seeds/ fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp rai/mustard seeds
1/2 tsp jeera/cumin seeds

when they start to sputter add

1 sprig of curry leaves
1/4 tsp hing
2 dry red chili
2 slit green chillies
1 inch piece of ginger grated

saute for 5 seconds and add

1 1/2 cup chopped veggies of your choice, I added carrots, green beans, onions and tomatoes
2 tbs sambar powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp red chili powder
4 cups of water and
salt to taste

Drain the soaked rice & dal and add to pressure cooker. Add chopped coriander and put the lid on the pressure cooker. Cook for 3 whistles and after that 5 mins on very low flame or just for the same time it would take to cook rice in you cooker.
Serve it hot with plain yogurt or raita and papad/papadum.

I enjoyed this dish with plain yogurt and chili pickle.



  1. Thanks! will try this soon

  2. Your recipe saved my day. I was in same situation home alone and didn't feel like cooking for one. This was just what I needed; one pot delicious meal. Thank you so m much