9 September, 2015
Brown Rice Khichdi – A Single Pot Meal for Diabetes Friendly Thursdays
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This week, DFT goes easy and cooks a one pot meal for you!!
Khichdi is an Indian one-pot meal made with rice and lentils. Most often, rice is paired with mung lentils and cooked along with vegetables and mild spices. Here’s my version of a whole grain, brown rice khichdi made even more healthy with broccoli and carrots.
A very easy one-pot meal idea. You only have to do a little bit of planning and soak the brown rice and lentils!
As I have mentioned before, brown rice is a healthy substitute for white rice, not just for diabetics but for everybody. It is a popular misconception that brown rice does not cook well and is not tasty. One just needs to learn to cook it properly; here is where soaking it for a few hours makes a lot of difference. Soaking is also essential to make it easily digestible.
Any combination of vegetables can be used in a khichdi. I chose broccoli and carrots for a good blend of color and their nutrition benefits.
Here’s a picture of the khichdi mixture prior to cooking.
Brown Rice Khichdi
brown rice-1 cup (any variety; I use Sona Masoori)
Split moong/ mung (with skin)- 2/3 cup
water- 4 1/2 to 5 cups
fresh broccoli florets- 1 1 /2 cup
carrots, julienned- 1 cup
finely chopped tomato- 1
chopped onion- 1/2 (optional)
green chilly- 1
coconut oil/ organic canola oil- 1/2 tbsp.
cilantro/coriander leaves- for garnish
cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp.
turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp.
coriander powder- 1 tsp.
cumin powder- 1 tsp.
red chilly powder- 1/4 tsp.
1. Soak brown rice and moong dal mixture in a pot in water for at least 6 hours.
2. Take a pot that can also double up as a pressure cooker vessel. Add oil to it, cumin seeds and let it turn a slightly darker color. Add chopped onions, green chilly and saute till onions turn translucent.
3. Add carrots, broccoli, tomatoes and salt just enough for the vegetables, other spices (turmeric, cumin, coriander, red chilly powders) and saute for 2 minutes.
4. Drain water from rice mixture and add it to the pot. Add about 5 cups of water. Pressure cook till done. I let the cooker blow 5 whistles.
5. After removing the pot from the cooker, add required salt, garnish with cilantro leaves.
6. Serve this delicious khichdi hot! This recipe serves 5 people.
Sharing this recipe at the Plant Based Potluck #61 over at Deborah’s Urban Naturale.
Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or dietitian. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietitian before making any changes to your diet.
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Swati: Hariyali Barley Khichdi
Srividhya: Foxtail Millet and Quinoa Pongal
Sarika: Vegetarian Chili
Suchitra: Bisibele Bhath
Parvathy: Black Eyed Bean and Vegetable Stew
Anupama: Red Poha
25 thoughts on : Brown Rice Khichdi – A Single Pot Meal for Diabetes Friendly Thursdays
love the look of this dish. feel like eating it right now!
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Love how u incorporated so many yummy vegetables with the khichdi to make it wholesome ! 🙂
This khichdi is just perfect for cold wintery nights …. Awesome and such beautiful color ….
Loved the recipe Apsara ❤️
Loved the recipe Apsara and so well explained!❤️
Nice recipe ! Apsara Sujatha
Thank you, Maami. Very happy that you like it!
I love it especially the addition of broccoli to it .. I would have to try this soon .
Khichidi for me is comfort food anytime. But khichidi with brown rice is even healthier. Your bowl of khichidi looks delicious!
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loved the recipe and loved your method of cooking… a complete one pot meal…so healthy!
Helathy and tasty one pot meal..
So yummy! I am a huge single pot meal lover! Who can resist these healthy and delectable ingredients! I am so delighted that you shared your Brown Rice Khichdi with us at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Link Up. I’m pinning and sharing.
I’m glad you like it, Deborah. Thanks for the link up opportunity.
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Hearty one pot meal.. Loved the combination of the spices you used.
I have come back to enjoy your drool worthy Khichdi. I have never tried making it with spices. Should give it a try!
Such a lovely meal. I would serve it with grilled white fish on the side! Yummm!
Looks delicious, a nice hearty comforting meal to come home to 🙂
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