Recipes from 'Masterchef Moms'

Published: 14th March 2013 11:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th March 2013 11:14 AM   |  A+A-

Food can perhaps be the best medicine many a time. Be it a horrible day at work or just some low phase, just the thought of your favourite food will for sure lighten your spirits. And if your mom is cooking it, one cannot ask for anything better. But, away from home, you will have to put in all the effort and if not cook the exact, the same dish, atleast recreate it to an extent. City Express brings to its readers, a series of recipes from “Masterchef Moms” to make every day memorable.

Masala Khichdi

Looking for a healthy meal, which will get you all your veggies and protein in one shot and is also yummy at the same time? Well, we suggest Masala Khichdi. An all-time comfort food, Khichdi is a satisfying meal. Here’s the recipe


Rice - 1 cup Toor Daal - 1/2 cup Water - 3 cups Oil - 4 tsp Clarified Butter (ghee ) - 2 tsp Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp Cinnamon Stick - 1 inch piece Asofoetida - pinch Raw Peanuts - 2 Tbsp Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp Black Pepper - 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves - 1/4 tsp Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped Garlic - 4 cloves, sliced Green Chilies - to taste, slit Ginger - 1 tsp, minced Potato - 1 medium, diced Frozen Green Peas - 1/2 cupSalt - to taste Red Chili Powder - to taste


Combine Rice and Toor Daal and wash until water runs clear.2. Add 3 cups water and soak for 15-20 minutes (if time permits).3. Heat Oil and Clarified Butter in a pressure cooker.4. Add Cumin Seeds and allow them to sizzle.5. Add Cinnamon Stick and Raw Peanuts. Cook until Peanuts turn light brown.6. Add Asafoetida, Turmeric Powder, Ground Cloves and Black Pepper. Mix quickly.7. Immediately add in Onions and stir well.8. Add Garlic, Green Chilies and Ginger. Mix and cook for about 1 minute.9. Add Potatoes, Peas, Salt, Red Chili Powder and mix well.10. Add Rice and Daal with Water.11. Check the salt, chili, etc and adjust as necessary.12. Close the pressure cooker, cook until 1 whistle sounds and immediately switch off the stove.13. Wait until the pressure from the cooker is gone before opening the lid.

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