Gujarati Vaghareli Khichdi with Foxtail Millet
Foxtail millet vaghareli khichdi is a one-pot meal made of lentils, millet, vegetables and spices. Being a complete comfort meal, vaghareli khichdi is perfect for lunch or dinner with just ghee or with some curd, pickle, and pappad.
- 0.5 cup foxtail millet
- 0.25 cup mixed lentils - , toor dal (pigeon peas) and moong dal (split yellow lentil) in equal amounts
- 2 cups mixed vegetables - , carrot, potato, peas, capsicum
- 2 tsps oil
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 inch cinnamon stick
- 4 nos. cloves
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 0.5 tsp turmeric powder
- a pinch of asafoetida
- 2 nos. dry red chillies
- 1 tsp red chilly powder
- 0.5 tsp garam masala
- 2-3 tbsp peanuts
- salt - to taste
- chopped coriander leaves - to garnish
Wash and soak foxtail millet and lentils for 30 minutes. In the meantime, chop all the vegetables. Set aside.
Heat oil / ghee in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Next add cinnamon stick, cloves, grated ginger, turmeric powder and asafoetida. Saute everything in low heat until the spices release their flavour.
Next add in the dry red chillies and peanuts and saute until they turn slightly brown. Put in all the vegetables and season with red chilly powder, salt and garam masala. Mix everything well and saute for a few minutes.
Now drain the millet and lentils and add them into the cooker. Next add 2 cups water, check for salt and spices. Cover the lid and cook this in medium heat for 4 to 5 whistles.
Once the pressure releases on its own, mix the khichdi well. If you like it dry, you can serve as is. If not, add in some water and simmer the khichdi for few more minutes. The consistency will be slightly thin. Check for salt and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve this with ghee, pickle, curd, and papad.
- 2 cups of mixed vegetables approximately need 2 carrots, 2 big potatoes, 1 big capsicum, 0.25 cup peas. You can also use french beans or any other vegetables of choice.
- Adjust the spices as per taste.
- You can also add some cashews along with peanuts.
- Apart from foxtail millet, you could also use other millets like Kodo millet, little millet or a mixture of them (use equal quantities of each millet). And you can, of course, try this with rice for an authentic vaghareli khichdi.