Saturday, 26 July 2014

Yellow Moong Dal Khichdi

Khichdi is a famous dish in may parts of India. However I got introduced to it only post my wedding. It is very similar to our South Indian Pongal, however it is much lighter.
My hubby says that Khichdi is usually served at his place when someone is sick as it is easy to digest.

It is very easy to prepare and they are many variations to this. Today I have shared the Basic Moong Dal Khichdi. To this you can add simple Tadka, Vegetables etc


Rice - 1 Cup
Split Yellow Moong Dal - 1/2 Cup
Hing/Asafoetida - A generous Pinch
Ghee - 1/2 Teaspoon (Add more as per your wish,usually they add lots of ghee)
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 Teaspoon
Green Chilly - 1 (Slit)
Salt - To Taste


  • Wash The rice and Yellow moong dal and soak it in 5 cups of water for 30 minutes
  • Then cook them in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles or till it is done well.
  • Allow the pressure to settle on its own.
  • Meanwhile warm Ghee and once it is warm add Cumin seeds and allow them to splutter.
  • Switch off the flame, add asafoetida, Green chillies and saute for the minute.
  • Add the tadka to the cooked rice-Dal mixture, add salt and mix it well.
  • If you want you can add some more warm Ghee. 

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Whole Wheat Pav with Indian Herbs. 

I love to add lots of Herbs to my bread, so this time when I decided to Bake Whole Wheat Pav, I decided to add loads of Indian Hers like Coriander, Mint, etc. I have used Wheat flour to make you can use All Purpose flour for very soft Pav. For the recipe with AFP click here. 

Whole Wheat Flour - 3 Cups
Warm Water - 1.5 Cups
Olive Oil - 1 Tablespoon
Salt - 1 Teaspoon
Sugar - 1 Tablespoon
Yeast - 1.5 Teaspoon (1 Teaspoon Instant yeast, 1.5 teaspoon Active Dry or 3 teaspoon Fresh Yeast)
Fresh Coriander Leaves - 2 Tablespoons (Finely Chopped)
Mint leaves - 1 Tablespoon (Finely Chopped)
Green Chillies - 1 Teaspoon (Finely Chopped, adjust to taste)
Garlic - 2 Tablespoon (Peeled, finely chopped)


  • In a mixing bowl, place the luke warm water and add the sugar and stir it well.
  • To this add the Dry yeast and cover with a plate and leave it aside till it is frothy.
  • In another mixing bowl, place the Wheat Flour and Salt and add Butter or Oil and mix it well. 
  • To this add the Yeast water and knead for 8-10 minutes or till you get a smooth pliable dough.
  • Now place this dough in a oiled bowl and cover it with a damp cloth and allow it to rise.
  •  This may take 1 Hour.
  • Once the Dough has doubled, bring the dough to the top of the kitchen counter and punch it down and knead for couple of minutes.
  • Now add Coriander leaves, garlic, Green Chillies and Mint Leaves and knead it well. 
  • Then shape it into Pav and place it in a greased  tin.
  • Place them touching each other and  Cover it lightly with a damp cloth and allow it to rise for 30-45 minutes.
  • After 30-45 minutes, Bake it in a Pre heated Oven for 30 minutes at 180C and Broil for 5 minutes.