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Vaghareli Khichri Or Khichdi - Vegetable Rice - Gujarati Cuisine

It is a very popular Gujarati dish. Very healthy balanced recipe. This is just a one pot very easy to make dish. I am making this dish with Pressure Cooker to make my life easier and to save some time and energy. You can make this recipe in an open pot as well if you don't have a Pressure Cooker.
Ingredients
For the seasoning
  Oil 2 Tablespoon
  Mustard seeds/Poppy seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Cumin seeds 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Asafoetida 1 Pinch
For the khichdi
  Eggplant 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
  Cauliflower 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
  Onions 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), diced (Optional)
  Green beans 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), diced
  Spinach 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Frozen or fresh)
  Pigeon peas/Green peas 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Turmeric powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ginger paste 1 Tablespoon
  Garlic paste 1 Tablespoon
  Green chili paste 1 Tablespoon
  Raw peanuts 1 Tablespoon
  Raw cashews 1 Tablespoon
  Raisins 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon (As per your taste)
  Garam masala 1⁄2 Teaspoon (Optional)
  Basmati rice 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Moong dal 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Green gram with skin)
  Cumin powder 1 Teaspoon
  Water 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Potato 1 Cup (16 tbs), diced
For the garnishing
  Cilantro 2 Tablespoon, chopped finely
  Shredded coconut 2 Tablespoon
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Mix the moong dal and rice, wash and rinse them. Soak them in water for a couple of hours. Drain and set aside.

MAKING
2. Heat a pressure cooker with a couple of tbsp of oil, add mustard seeds or poppy seeds.
3. When they crackle, add cumin seeds and asafoetida.
4. Add the diced eggplants, cauliflower florets, onions (optional), green beans, spinach, pigeon peas, potatoes and stir all the vegetables well.
5. Add turmeric powder, ginger, garlic and green chili paste.
6. Add the raw cashews, peanuts and raisins, mix all the ingredients with the vegetables well.
7. Add salt and garam masala (optional), mix and let the vegetables saute for a couple of minutes.
8. Once the vegetables are cooked and tender, add the soaked and drained rice and moong dal mixture along with 3 cups of water.
9. Add cumin powder and stir well. Close the pressure cooker and cook till you hear 3 to 4 whistles of pressure release.
10. Garnish the Khichdi with shredded coconut and freshly chopped cilantro leaves.

SERVING
11. Serve the vegetable khichdi with papad, pickle and a freshly cut salad.

NOTE
Use vegetables as per your taste and preference.
You can use any variety of rice as per your preference; make sure you use the correct amount of water to cook the variety of rice you are using to cook this recipe.

Things You Will Need
1. Pressure cooker

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Gujarati
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
6
All those who enjoy eating Indian rice will relish this dish. In India we call it khichdi. It's a very simple dish but very tasty. It is very light to eat. You can serve the rice with papad, pickle or raita. Don't forget to watch the video for this amazing recipe.

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