Coming back is always stressful, and after eating a lot of unhealthy stuff on the flight...somehow I am always so hungry and sleepy on board, I treat myself to home-cooked basic vegetarian healthy meal for atleast a couple of days. This time again, I made Khichdi, which can be made many ways. It is a one-pot meal with lentils and rice in it, and lightly spiced...very lightly spiced. I made it with ghee, and I urge you to use ghee as well.


1 cup white basmati rice
1 cup toor dal (split yellow peas)
1 tsp salt
2 tablespoons ghee
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder OPTIONAL
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder


In a 5 qt sauce pan, bring 6 cups of water to a boil.
Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, mix rice and lentils and wash 3 times in cold running water, drain, and set aside.
Add all the ingredients (including every grain of rice and lentils) into the sauce pan once the water has come to a boil.
Mix, cover and cook on low heat until rice and lentils are cooked. The consistency should be like that of porridge.
Adjust salt, mix and serve hot. You may want to add more ghee on top of the porridge, at my age, I would refrain :)

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