Chingri Mach dea Khichuri (Khichuri with Shrimps)

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‘Khichuri’ or ‘Kichdi’ is our all time favourite one pot meal option! I cook different types of ‘Khichuri’ from time to time. Today I’ll be sharing ‘Chicngri Mach dea Khichuri’ (Khichuri with Shrimp). Since cauliflower and green peas are still available in market, I thought of making ‘Sabji Khichuri’ or Mix-Veg Khichuri adding some shrimps. Shrimps with heads give a beautiful flavor to the dish. If you do not fnd fresh shrimps, you can use frozen too.

Ingredients to serve 4

  • Split and Husked Moong Dal – ½ cup
  • Masoor Dal – ½ cup
  • Basmati Rice/Gobindobhog Rice – 1 cup
  • Potato – 4 (Medium – cut into halves)
  • Shrimps – 20-25 pieces
  • Cauliflower – 8-10 Florets
  • Green Peas – ¼ cup
  • Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Dry Whole Red Chilly – 2
  • Cinnamon – 1”
  • Cloves – 3-4
  • Green Cardamom – 2-3
  • Bay Leaf – 2
  • Green Chilli – 2
  • Onion – 2 (Chopped)
  • Tomato – 1 (Chopped)
  • Ginger – 1 tsp (Chopped)
  • Ginger Paste – 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – ½ tsp
  • Cumin Powder – ¾ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder – ½ tsp
  • Sugar – ½ tsp
  • Salt – To taste
  • Ghee – 2 Tbsp
  • Mustard Oil or any other oil – ½ cup
  • Coriander Leaves Chopped – For garnishing
  • Water – 4-5 cups

 Steps:

  1. Wash Rice and soak it for 30 minutes in water.
  2. Dry roast Moong Dal till you get some light brown spots on them. Let it cool. Wash roasted Moong Dal and Masoor Dal thoroughly.
  3. Drain both the dals and rice and keep them aside.
  4. Marinate te shrimps with a little salt and turmeric powder.
  5. Take a heavy bottomed big pan or handi. Pour 3 cups of water and let it boil.
  6. When the water starts boiling add the washed and soaked dal, salt and 1 tsp mustard oil. Cover and cook. If you wish you can cook the dals in a pressure cooker putting about 1 ½ cups of water.
  7. Now take another kadai/pan. Heat 2 Tbsp of mustard oil. Lightly sauté the cauliflowers and keep them aside.
  8. In the same pan add some more oil and sauté the potatoes and keep them aside.
  9. Add some more oil if required and temper the oil with cumin seeds, cinnamon, clove, green cardamom, red whole chillie and bay leaf.
  10. When they start exuding aroma add chopped ginger. Stir for few seconds.
  11. Now add chopped onion. Fry till onion turns light pink.
  12. Next add marinated shrimps. Sauté till the prawns turn pink.
  13. Add chopped tomato and fry till oil separates.
  14. Add the green chillis, peas, fried cauliflower and potato. Mix and add all the dry masalas. If you are not adding any vegetables you can avoid adding coriander powder.
  15. Add 1 cup of water and let it boil.
  16. Check if the dals are half done. Add washed, soaked and drained rice and the fried msala with shrimps and vegetables with the dal. Add 1 cup of warm water.
  17. Add sugar and adjust salt. Add garam masala powder.
  18. Cover and cook till all the vegetables rice and dals are done. Stir and check in between. If you find the consistency is too thick add more water. I like my Khichuri with vegetables of little thin consistency like porridge.
  19. Serve this hot drizzled with Ghee and with some fried fritters like aloo bhaja and papad bhaja with some tomato chutney. 

    Notes:

    ~ You can cook Chingri Mach dea Khichuri without adding any vegetables.

    ~ I have added dals in equal quantity. You can use dals in any ratio. Just keep in mind that the ratio between rice and dals should be 1:1.

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