Khichdi for pregnancy

Posted on June 24, 2009. Filed under: Chawal/rice/pulao/biryani, Pregnancy recipes | Tags: , , |

Khichdis is a meal that is complete in itself. It is a misconception that khichdi is meant only for sick people. I have added grated vegetable to add more fibre to this recipe. The rice and dal provide plenty of protein and carbohydrates and also folic acid.
This recipe is good throughout your pregnancy but it is best suited for the third trimester and lactation because it is a concentrated source of nutrients which you will require throughout this period.

Cooking Time : 25 mins.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
2/3 cup rice
2/3 cup moong dal (split yellow gram)
1 cup grated bottle gourd (doodhi / lauki)
1 cup grated carrot
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
6 peppercorns
1 bay leaf
4 cloves
1/2 tablespoon ghee
salt to taste
Method
1. Wash the rice and moong dal together and keep aside.
2. Heat the ghee and add the cumin seeds. When they crackle, add the asafoetida, peppercorns, bay leaf and cloves.
3. Add the bottle gourd and carrot and sauté for a few seconds.
4. Add the dal, rice, turmeric powder, salt and 3 cups of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
5. When done, whisk the khichdi to combine the rice and dal together.
6. Serve hot with fresh curds.
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