Green Moong Ki Khichdi Recipe with Kale | Lohri Khichdi
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.
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 P
A huge bonfire is lit at night on Lohri. Women go around the fire singing and dancing to Sunder Mundriye
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!
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.
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.
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
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
Heat 2 teaspoon ghee in a pan. Now add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise and cumin seeds and let seeds crackle.
Add the sabut moong dal and saute for a couple of minutes.
Following that, add the rice, salt and saute for 2 minutes.
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.
Transfer to a pressure cooker and add the buttermilk. Stir to mix everything, cover and pressure cook on high heat for 2 whistles.
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.
Open the lid and mix well.
In a pan heat 2 tablespoons ghee and add the garlic and ginger.
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.
This is a healthy, nutritious one pot meal for the whole family, isn’t it?