Millet, Rice and lentil Khichdi and what comfort means to me

6 Jun

Simple things in life are the ones that give us comfort. Its the simple stuff that really makes life extraordinary.



To me comfort means several things: ( in no particular order)

1. My favourite Rosemunde Pilcher book  – The Shell seekers that I can read over and over again;

2. Snuggling into my little  one, early in the morning after I put my alarm on snooze;

3. Sleeping in my tattered t shirt that I refuse to throw out even though it is beyond repair;

4. A breakfast of  fried egg and toast

5. My parents’ presence around me that calms me down and gives me strength to focus

6. Flipping through my latest issue of the BBC GoodFood Magazine

7. My husband relating his day’s events to me in the evening over his cup of tea

8. Spotting my friend’s “good morning” message on my phone the first thing in the morning

9. Nibbling on a piece of dark chocolate after lunch

10. Digging into some hot and steaming vegetable khichdi

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Every day there is a  time that I take to zone out and do stuff that puts me in my comfort zone. I cherish that space. I value the reassurance it gives me.

The recipe I share today is of this humble vegetable Khichdi ( savory porridge) in this rushed post. It is more for me to record this recipe for future use.  For long I had been thinking of ways to use some organic millet and Khichdi seemed to be the only plausible way to use it.  I made this one-pot meal which can double up as lunch and dinner. The next day the leftovers can be combined with whole wheat flour to roll out parathas for breakfast. That’s versatile Khichdi for you.


3/4 cup basmati rice

3/4 cup yellow lentils ( yellow moong split)

1 cup millet

Salt as per taste

1 tsp tumeric

1/2 tsp red chilli powder (optional)

2 onions, chopped

1 carrot, medium-sized, chopped

6-7 string beans, chopped

few florets of broccoli

1/4 cup corn


2 table spoons of clarified butter

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 inch cinnamon stick, broken into pieces,

3 pieces of cardamom

2 bay leaves


1. Soak rice, lentil and millet in water for an hour

2. Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker or a large pan. Splutter the cumin seeds and fry all the tempering ingredients.

3. Add the chopped onions and fry until translucent. To this add all the vegetables and give it a quick stir.

4. To this add the soaked rice, lentil and millet and mix well.

5. Add enough water to cover this rice-vegetable mixture to submerge it completely and a bit more ( 3 cms or so)

6. Pressure cook this until 3 whistles and let it be on the low heat for 7 -8 minutes. If you are cooking this in a pan, let the mixture come to a boil and then let it cook slow and nice for as long as it takes to cook the grains and lentils.

7. Once the pressure is fizzled,  give the khichi a good mix and add water to make it more runny, if you like. Serve it hot with a dollop of ghee on top with pickles and raita.

These days, I desperately seek my comfort pockets. I sit there and try to be thoughtless. With my parents visiting us these days, these comfort pockets are easy to come by. These deeply nourish me like the Khichdi recipe I shared today. Do try it and savour the comfort it will give you.

What does comfort mean to you?

Do you know of other ways to use millet?

7 Responses to “Millet, Rice and lentil Khichdi and what comfort means to me”

  1. Bikramjit June 6, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    Kichdi is good ..i love it tooo. . Usually it is associated with sickness.. but I use to have it always ☺

  2. Deena Kakaya June 6, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Ah, vegetable khichdi. Cajoling, without guilt inflicting, relaxed, nourishing and best of all..tasty. So many memories attached to khichdi, all of which are happy.

    I’ve never used millet in khichdi though I often use bulgur wheat. I’m going to try your version. X

  3. Meenakshi June 7, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    I really love reading list posts! 2,4,5,6 and 9 are ‘comforters’ for me too :D And I never thought to use khichdi for paranthas the next day. I am going to keep that in mind the next time we make it. I also love khichdi. When my husband goes away on month-long business trips, I often make it 3 times a week!

    • Anita Menon June 7, 2014 at 11:04 am #

      Sometimes when we don’t make khichdi for a long time, we devour it with greater relish. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Aneela Mirchandani June 8, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    Full of comfort. I like it and you inspired me to do a khichdi soon. Have millet in the pantry and didn’t know what to do with it, this sounds like a perfect use.

    • Anita Menon June 8, 2014 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks Aneela. I tried your beetroot paratha and it was yum.

  5. palkachopra June 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Love the post Anita! My family’s ultimate go to comfort food is chicken noodle soup, we just can’t get enough of it. My love for khichdi is very new though, have always had it when i was sick, but have recently found love to the lightness of it :)

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