Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale

Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale | Lohri Khichdi

Lohri

Lohri is a Punjabi folk festival, celebrated to mark the new harvest. Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale is to celebrate Lohri with the special khichdi with the new rice. It is time to harvest sugar cane, peanuts, rice, dals and mustard.

Bhogi

On the contrary, in Andhra, Bhogi is celebrated albeit a little differently. The first day of the three-day festival is the celebration of Bhogi. The Bhogi fire is lit early morning with wood and dried cow dung cakes at the centre of the road. It indicates the end of one phase and the commencement of a new chapter. People take a traditional oil bath. In the evening, children blessed by the elders in the family sprinkled with flower petals and given berries known as Bhogi Pandulu and coins to ward off the evil eye.

Lohri Celebration

A huge bonfire is lit at night on Lohri. Women go around the fire singing and dancing to Sunder Mundriye hoye, tera kaun vichara and other songs… which is associated with a Punjabi folk tale. Around the bonfire sesame bars or chikki, popcorn, flattened rice or chivda, rewaris and roasted peanuts and dates are distributed and eaten.

Children in the family are given a token amount of money by the elders. In the north, this festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Traditionally, Lohri is celebrated in a grand way, especially if it’s a couple’s first Lohri or a baby’s first Lohri. Today is my nephews’ son Ryan’s first Lohri and we are going to party tonight.

May this Lohri and Bhogi bring lots of laughter and joy in your home.

Happy Lohri & Bhogi to everyone!

Cherished Memories

Most important of all, I remember, in my childhood, my aunt (mamiji as we call her and my second mom) used to make a huge cauldron of khichdi for the entire clan. But right now she is getting on in years and sent us all packets of basmati rice and dal to make khichdi on our own. My mamiji makes the best Sweet Rice ever….meethe chawal! Yummy!

Her khichdi used to be simple and made with love and always tasted great. I decided to make something different this Lohri and made the Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale. Kale is every foodie’s much-loved cruciferous vegetable. I have organic kale growing in my garden and I keep looking for new ways to use it in my cooking. I chopped a few fresh leaves and added it to the Khichdi.

I have some interesting Kale recipes. Do check them out.Kale Mushroom Quiche Cups,Kale Frittata, Kale Stuffed Paratha, Kale Mushroom bread crusted quiche cups


Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale

Actually, this Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous and add ghee. Green Moong dal adds the much-needed protein kick and the Kale adds the punch to it. The khichdi is cooked in diluted buttermilk and has a unique taste of its own. Certainly, with the addition of a little spice, this Khichdi is very flavoursome.

Kale is a super food and should be part of your diet.
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This Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous while adding ghee. Green Moong dal adds much needed protein kick and the Kale lends the punch.
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This Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous while adding ghee. Green Moong dal adds much needed protein kick and the Kale lends the punch.
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This Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous while adding ghee. Green Moong dal adds much needed protein kick and the Kale lends the punch.
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Ingredients for Sabut Moong Ki Khichdi with Kale Recipe

1 cup whole green grams (sabut moong) soaked for 1 hour

1 cup kale shredded (you can even use spinach or palak

2 cups Rice soaked

5 tbsp Ghee

4 Cloves

4 cardamoms

1 inch cinnamon

1 tsp Cumin seeds

¼ tspTurmeric powder

Salt to taste

2 Green chillies

4 cups diluted Buttermilk

4 cloves Garlic finely chopped

1 tsp Ginger finely chopped

Method

This Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous while adding ghee. Green Moong dal adds much needed protein kick and the Kale lends the punch.
This Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous while adding ghee. Green Moong dal adds much needed protein kick and the Kale lends the punch.

Heat 2 teaspoon ghee in a pan. Now add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and cumin seeds and let seeds crackle.

This Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous while adding ghee. Green Moong dal adds much needed protein kick and the Kale lends the punch.

Add the sabut moong dal and saute for a couple of minutes.

This Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous while adding ghee. Green Moong dal adds much needed protein kick and the Kale lends the punch.

Following that, add the rice, salt and saute for 2 minutes.

This Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous while adding ghee. Green Moong dal adds much needed protein kick and the Kale lends the punch.

Above all, add the chopped kale leaves then the turmeric powder. Stir well and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Don’t forget to add the slit green chillies and mix well.

This Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous while adding ghee. Green Moong dal adds much needed protein kick and the Kale lends the punch.

Transfer to a pressure cooker and add the buttermilk. Stir to mix everything, cover and pressure cook on high heat for 2 whistles.

This Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous while adding ghee. Green Moong dal adds much needed protein kick and the Kale lends the punch.

Lastly, lower the heat and cook further for 2-3 whistles.

Additionally, switch off the heat and open the cooker lid only when the steam has been let out.

This Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous while adding ghee. Green Moong dal adds much needed protein kick and the Kale lends the punch.

Open the lid and mix well.

This Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous while adding ghee. Green Moong dal adds much needed protein kick and the Kale lends the punch.

In a pan heat 2 tablespoons ghee and add the garlic and ginger. Afterwards, sauté till garlic and ginger are well browned.

This Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale demands a lot of ghee so please be generous while adding ghee. Green Moong dal adds much needed protein kick and the Kale lends the punch.

Pour this over the cooked khichdi and mix well. Subsequently, drizzle some ghee while serving. To sum up,Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale is a one pot meal that is nutritious for the whole family.

Serve Sabut Moong Ki Khichdi with Kale Recipe super-hot. Serve Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale with Khichdi ke chaar yaar; dahi, papad, ghee, achar or serve it with pickle, papad, ghee and curd to really enjoy this delicious repast.

Happy Lohri!

This is a healthy, nutritious one pot meal for the whole family, isn’t it?

Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 persons 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 01 Hours
Servings Prep Time
4 persons 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 01 Hours
Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 persons 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 01 Hours
Servings Prep Time
4 persons 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 01 Hours
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 teaspoon ghee in a pan. Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and cumin seeds and let seeds crackle.
  2. Add the sabut moong dal and saute for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add the rice, turmeric powder, salt and saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Now add the chopped kale leaves. Stir well and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Don’t forget to add the slit green chillies and mix well.
  6. Transfer to a pressure cooker and add the buttermilk. Stir to mix everything, cover and pressure cook on high heat for 2 whistles.
  7. Lower the heat and cook further for 2-3 whistles.
  8. Switch off the heat and open the cooker lid only when the steam has been let out.
  9. Open the lid and mix well.
  10. In a pan heat 2 tablespoons ghee and add the garlic and ginger. Sauté till garlic and ginger are well browned.
  11. Pour this over the cooked khichdi and mix well. Drizzle some more ghee while serving. Serve Sabut Moong Ki Khichdi with Kale Recipe super-hot.
  12. Serve Sabut Moong Ki Khichdi with Kale Recipe with pickle, papad, curd and enjoy this delicious repast.
  13. Happy Lohri!
Recipe Notes

You can add spinach instead of kale

Add moong sprouts for a healthier khichdi

Use ghee liberally for a tasty khichdi.

Harjeet Kaur
jeetjinder@gmail.com

My writing was limited to school essays and projects for my kids and out of the blue, my writing career began with writing articles for the magazine section of a reputed national newspaper. I rediscovered my best subject at school and began writing with gusto. I had a weekend column in the newspaper which was well appreciated. I started off writing about Interiors and Gardens and later diverse topics like Fashion, trends, food and events in the city. Juggling my time between various jobs down the years and my writing, I have written content for fliers, brochures for colleges, speeches, social media content and also website content. I love writing and I am open to writing on a plethora of topics. My blog has some interesting insights into my life and travels but now it is mainly a food blog as I am growing organic vegetables and cooking my own produce is very therapeutic. Read my blogs to know me better. I write from my heart and what I write is what I feel... I feel a feel, A funny feel A funny feel, feel I! If you feel the feel I feel You'll feel the same as I!!

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