Thursday, February 24, 2011

Do YOU Like Indian Food?

Red Chori (Red Mung Beans).Image via Wikipedia
Red Mung Beans
My husband LOVES Indian food.  I do think he would eat it every day.  His next wife will most likely be Indian--just kidding:) I am not fond of Indian food so he usually does the cooking when he wants Indian food--I hadn't ventured there till Tuesday. He wanted Indian food and was busy so wanted ME to cook it.  We settled on something easy...Mung Daal Khichadi.  Doesn't sound easy does it?!!!
The recipe said to cook the Mung beans in a pressure cooker and I don't use a pressure cooker but hubby said it wasn't necessary.  Guess what?  It was! So when making this recipe, either soak your Mung beans overnight or use a pressure cooker:) This recipe is very mild and actually soothing. What I usually don't like about Indian food is that it is sooo spicy! After the first couple of bites you can't feel your mouth anymore--not fun dining for me.

If you decide to be adventurous or if you have a family member with digestive problems, try this recipe!

Mung Daal Khichadi 
The ultimate Indian comfort food, Khichadi is an easy, healthy and satisfying dish. Because you are combining rice and beans you are creating a complete protein dish.

1 1/4 cups Basmati rice
1 1/4 cups Mung beans
5 cups water
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp Haldi (tumeric)
1 pinch Hing (asofoetida)--can substitute granulated garlic
  1. Wash Rice and Mung beans with water until water runs clear.
  2. In a pressure cooker, add Rice, Mung beans, Water, Salt, tumeric and garlic--mix well.
  3. Pressure cook until one whistle sounds and immediately turn off heat.
  4. Wait until pressure from cooker is gone before opening cooker lid.
If not using pressure cooker, be sure to soak beans overnight. Wash rice and Mung beans with water until water runs clear. Place all ingredients in kettle and bring to boil.  Turn heat to simmer and cook about 1 hour until rice and beans are done.

Happy Adventures in Cooking!  Kat

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