Masala Kichidi | TummyKhush


Rains call for some special food that is warm and comforting and spicy at the same time. Nothing beats having a bowl full of something warm and cozy while hearing the rains pattering away on the window. The universal favourite foods in rains include a bowl of soup, a hot cup of coffee or tea, deep fried foods or something similar. For me, Kichidi is one of those foods that just gives you that blanket of warmth. India has a rich history of lentils. We have a vast variety that would probably not be found anywhere else. Having a vegetarian tradition is one of the reasons. The protein content of the lentils combined with carbohydrate in the form of rice and a few warming spices lends kichidi its huge fan following. Kichidi with very little or no spice is fed to growing kids. I guess that is the reason why it feels so comforting. A familiar flavour that you have grown up with always gives that sense of security.

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Kichidi is eaten in many forms. Different states have different ways of cooking it with different dal and spices. The basic ingredients of dal and rice, though, never change. The inspiration behind this recipe is the rajasthani kichidi which I really love.

I hope you will enjoy this masala kichidi as much as I did. You can just vary the amount of spices depending on you like/dislike for them.

Here is how I made it.

Rice  – 1 cup
Moong dal/ Pesarapappu /mung beans/ split green gram – 1 cup

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Vegetable Fried Rice | TummyKhush


This is a simple fridge raid recipe for those times when you have to just finish up those one or two vegetables left in the fridge before that weekend shopping trip or when you have left over rice from the previous night and crave for some comfort food. This is a very forgiving recipe as you can simply throw in a few ingredients to the pan and modify the recipe to your taste. I always like my fried rice simple with a few ingredients with no extra sauces added. You can always throw in some soya sauce and tomato sauce to get the typical road side bandi flavour.

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For now I am sharing this recipe which is very basic and the ultimate comfort food for me.

I warmed up some oil in the pan for tempering. You could use butter or ghee to enhance the flavour.

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Jeera Rice / Cumin Rice | TummyKhush


This is the simplest recipe for a flavoured Indian style rice. Specially helpful when you have left over cooked rice from the previous night, this recipe adds a delicious twist to the regular cooked rice. Have jeera rice with a side dish such as dal fry or rajma or even chinese gravy dishes and you have the ultimate comfort food. The ingredients are simplest and can be found in any part of the world.

To make a simple jeera rice recipe for two people, you would require :

Butter/ Ghee(clarified butter): 3 to 4 tbsp
Cooked rice : 1 cup
Cumin seeds/jeera : 2-3 tsp
Green chillies : 3 – 4 or according to taste
Salt: as per taste
Coriander(cilantro leaves) – small bunch chopped finely
Cashewnuts – few whole or broken, roasted or fried (optional, for garnish)

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Egg masala-Easy Indian style Egg Curry | TummyKhush


You have “vegetarians” , you have “non-vegetarians” and then you have “egg-itarians”. That is the level of importance given to eggs. A lot of in-flight lunch menus these days have a separate section for people who don’t eat non-vegetarian food but love their eggs. And I am proud to say that hubby and me are a part of that elite group. Egg is a versatile ingredient. Have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, in between snacks. Have it with bread for breakfast, eat it with rice or rotis as main course, make a biryani or fried rice out of it. And how can one forget the ever green omelette. The options are endless. And if you are Indian and you love your curries, what better option than to make a nice spicy egg curry. That is what we are doing today. Simple ingredients that you would have in your kitchen even your weekend after the fridge has been raided completely and needs to be filled with a trip to the market. Weekday hurried cooking, weekend comfort food cravings ..this dish will work for you.

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Veggie Kichidi | TummyKhush


Kichidi is a staple dish eaten frequently in one form or the other in most parts of India. Toddlers are given a plain form of Kichidi in their initial years of growth. Dals/lentils are the main source of protein for vegetarians, especially in India. So it becomes essential to include dals in everyday meal. A combination of dal and veggies becomes even more healthy as it has the rice balance of essential food groups. And in our household, this is the dish that we normally prefer to have during weekends. Fast to cook, easy to digest and a quick meal, it makes for a very good lunch or dinner. The only tedious process would probably be chopping vegetables. But then if you are in a really lazy mood, chopped packed veggies are always available in the market. So, try this dish if you are in a mood to eat something simple and comforting. The dish below is a very basic form of the recipe with minimum spices added. But you can add other spices like bay leaf, elaichi etc. depending on your mood and taste.

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Spicy vegetable pulao | TummyKhush


There are times when I am really pressed for time or not in a mood to cook anything complicated or want a break from the regular rice and curry fare. That is when I turn to making pulao or masala rice. I keep experimenting with ingredients in my kitchen to add variety to the recipe. My inspiration? People staying in Bangalore would be aware of the range of pulaos available in hotels here like palak rice, pudina rice…the list is endless. And then I realised there are a lot of my variations that can be experimented with . One of my faves is palak rice  which you can find in this blog. I have recently come up with another recipe. You can add whatever you wish to in it like dals, veggies etc and have it with a curd raitha making it a wholesome recipe. Specially useful when you are home alone 😛

The amount of ingredients in the recipe below would suffice 2 to 3 people approximately  depending on how big eaters you are 😛

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