Karuppu Ulundhu Saadham:
Did I ever tell you this, Khichdi is one of the first idea, that comes to my mind on a hectic day! Yes, you are absolutely right...quite easy to fix and one can never ruin it! Variations sprung over time, with active experimenting with this comfort meal! I could claim this as heartiest meal, in recent times.
On the other day, I ran out of all the essentials in my pantry...was pretty tired to do the shopping, also so sick to cook, no mood for stepping-out to fancy or not-so fancy Restaurants! You know what I mean, was not in mood for anything, but to wind down on the couch! But, as time grew, night got darker...started to feel slightly hungry. Is there any day that I could actually take off from this kitchen!!! Big 'No' comes from significant other. So, here you go...the dinner in 2 minutes. Just threw few ingredients in the pot, and called it a day.
Ingredients: (Serves Two)
Rice 1 cup
Black Gram / Karuppu Ulundu 1/2 cup
Green chilies 2 sliced (I didn't have any that day, so used chili powder)
Garlic 4 cloves
Onions 1-2 sliced
Cumin seeds 1-2 spoon
Cinnamon 1 stick
Chili powder 1/2 spoon (optional)
Garam masala powder 1 pinch
Oil few spoons.
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add the whole spices followed by chilies, garlic, onions. Then stir-in rice, lentils and powdered spices as well. Add enough water. Cover and cook over low-medium heat, until fluffy and tender.
Serve steaming hot as a main course.