Dahlia Khichdi translating to Broken Wheat Porridge is a wholesome healthy meal! It is a one pot quick meal. You can slow cook in your stove top in a heavy bottom pan or make it quick in your pressure cooker or you could use Electric pressure cooker like Instapot or Mealthy Multipot.
What is Dahlia?
Dahlia is broken/cracked wheat which is a very common ingredient used in Indian cooking. We use grain and lentils together to prepare Khicdi. While using rice is the most common ingredient, dahlia is a great healthier substitute.
Ingredients for Dahlia Khichdi:
- Key Ingredients you need are broken wheats and lentils. Pick your choice of lentils. I used yellow mung daal
- Use your choice of veggies and greens. Just dice the veggies into bite size for even cooking
- Ghee tadka – A drizzle of pipping hot ghee tadka is the best way to elevate the flavor of Khichdi.
- Just like most porridge this Dahlia Khichdi too will settle down and thicken up as it cools down. I prefer the consistency to be runny so I would always more water than actually required to boil the grain and lentils.
Dahlia khidi is a very common solid food for babies 8 months and above, once they promote to grains . It’s easy to cook, light on the tummy and extremely nutritional. When my son was in that age, I would prepare dahlia khichdi every other day, by switching the vegetables. Once he turned 3, I almost stopped making the khichdi and would use broken/cracked wheat mainly to make fritters.
TRY THIS RECIPE – Broken Wheat Dukkah Fritters With Labneh
Recently Tanvi shared her dahlia khichdi in Instagram and it instantly inspired me. I had some gorgeous beetroot greens that I wanted to use. Along with some assorted frozen vegetables and a good dose of beetroot stems and leaves, I made Dahlia khichdi after ages.
Saved some of the tender leaves to crispy fry along with the eggplant. It was a simple comforting meal that took me barely 5 minutes of prep and 15 minutes of cooking in Mealthy Multipot.
the salt, turmeric and stir it around. Cook for 1 minutes then add 1 fresh green chili finely chopped, the cumin and coriander powder. Stir it around for 2 minutes.