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Jowar Khichdi Recipe

Jowar Khichdi Recipe

Friends knock on your door, but best friends walk into your house and start eating.

I have so many memories of eating leftover meals with my friends who would come unannounced. This Jowar khichdi is one such meal that reminds me of those times.

Jowar khichdi is one-pot dish. Jowar / Sorghum is a very healthy millet that takes time to cook and needs to be soaked overnight. It is a one-dish meal that helps provide Protein, Fiber, and Iron.

Ingredients for the Winter Greens Salad

  • Jowar – 1 cup
  • Water – 2.5 cups
  • Moong Dal – ¼ cup
  • Onion – Small finely chopped
  • Carrot – 1 finely chopped
  • Beans – 8-10 finely chopped
  • Capsicum – ½ finely chopped
  • Salt – to taste

To temper:

  • Oil – 2tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves – 10
  • Green Chilly – to taste
  • Hing – a pinch

Here’s a Tip: Feel free to add cauliflower, broccoli, peas, etc., to the khichdi, or you could skip all vegetables and make a tempering with onion, mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chilly and hing.

Method for preparing Jowar Khichdi

Rinse Jowar well and soak it overnight. Next morning, pressure cook it for at least 5-6 whistles or cook it in a pot for 45 minutes. You have to cook it till it’s soft. Drain the excess water and keep it aside. Cook moong dal in a pan until it is tender.

Heat a wok with oil and add mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chilly, and hing. Make sure the mustard seeds crackle before you add anything else. Add carrots, beans, and capsicum, or any other vegetables you like to this tempering, and then add the jowar as well as moong dal to the tadka. Add salt and cook for some more time. You can add desiccated coconut at this stage and garnish it with coriander.

Here’s a Tip: You can eat this khichdi with spicy tomato chutney or a tangy Imli (Tamarind) Chutney

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