Balaee: Kala Chana Khichdi Cooked in Buttermilk from Himachal Pradesh

Khichdi is such a comfort food for all Indians and there are so many variations of it across the length and breadth of India. Today I present Balaee, a khichdi made with rice, chana, and buttermilk in the Kangra Valley region of Himachal Pradesh.

Balaee - Khichdi with Chana and Cooked in Buttermilk
Balaee – Khichdi with Chana and Cooked in Buttermilk

I found this recipe in Divya Sud Qureshi‘s Flavours from the Kangra Valley, and jumped at a chance to make it because I saw how creamy khichdi is when buttermilk is used as the cooking medium when I made Moong Dal Palak Khichdi Cooked with Buttermilk.

I tried this recipe this past week and must say it will become a regular in our home now along with other Kangra Valley recipes such as Raintha and Mandra.

How to Make Balaee: A Rice and Kala Chana Khichdi

Serves: 4

Soaking Time: 8 to 12 Hours

Cooking Time: 30 Mins

Ingredients

  1. Rice – 1 Cup
  2. Kala Chana – 2/3 Cup
  3. Onion – 1 Large
  4. Butter Milk – 3 Cups
  5. Coriander Seeds – 2 tsp
  6. Cumin Seeds – 3/4 tsp
  7. Fenugreek Seeds – 1/3 tsp
  8. Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
  9. Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  10. Ghee – 2 tsp
  11. Salt to Taste

Soaking the Chana

  1. Wash and soak the chana in 2 cups water for at least 8 hours.
  2. Drain the water and set aside the soaked chana.

Preparing the Rice

  1. Wash and soak the rice in water for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain the water and set aside the soaked rice.

Preparing the Masala

  1. Dry roast the coriander seeds till they just start to change colour. Set aside to cool.
  2. Dry roast the cumin seeds till they just start to change colour. Set aside to cool.
  3. Dry roast the fenugreek seeds till they just start to change colour. Set aside to cool.
  4. Grind together the coriander, cumin, and fenugreek to a fine powder.

Method to Make Balaee

  1. Peel and thinly slice the onion.
  2. In a heavy bottomed vessel, heat the ghee.
  3. Add the thinly sliced onions and 1/4 tsp salt.
  4. Fry till the onion turns light brown.
  5. Add the masala powder, red chilli powder, and turmeric.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Add the drained rice and saute for 5 minutes.
  8. Add the drained kala chana.
  9. Mix well.
  10. Add the butter milk and 2/3 tsp salt.
  11. Mix well.
  12. Over medium flame, cook covered while mixing occasionally till the rice and chana are cooked.
    Or
    Pressure cook for 4 whistles.
  13. Season with salt, if required.
  14. Mix well.
  15. Serve Balaee hot with a generous dollop of ghee.
Balaee - Khichdi from Himachal Pradesh
Balaee – Khichdi from Himachal Pradesh

Tips

  • I pressure cooked this Khichdi because I wanted the Kala Chana to cook well.
  • You can also add 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic while frying the onions. I did not.
  • I used browned onions and coriander as a garnish for the Balaee. The original recipe did not call for that. 🙂

 

Hyderabadi Khichdi with Masoor Dal

Khichdi has always been a comfort food for me, especially so in winter. I have a number of Khichdi recipes on the blog and today I am back with another one, Hyderabadi Khichdi; this one is a lightly spiced one made with rice and masoor dal. Serve it with some Til ka Khatta and you will be in heaven!

Hyderabadi Khichdi with Tik ka Khatta
Hyderabadi Khichdi with Tik ka Khatta

Every state has its own version of khichdi, and most are a combination of grain and a lentil (most popularly rice and moong/green gram). In Western Indian states like Rajasthan, Bajra or Pearl Millet is used as a substitute for rice.

Coming back to Hyderabadi Khichdi, what intrigued me was the use of masoor dal. As a South Indian, I rarely used masoor dal in my cooking before I started blogging. Ever since, I have been trying out recipes with both whole masoor and masoor dal. 🙂

The Hyderbadi Khichdi uses rice and masoor dal, with some onions and mild spices. The result was a fragrant, mellow Khichdi that was quite unlike others of its ilk. I paired it with a nutty, tangy sesame-peanut-tamarind gravy called Til ka Khatta, which turned out to be the perfect accompaniment.

Do also try my recipes for Bajra Khichdi, Balaee (Himachali Khichdi with Kala Chana), and Palak Moong Khichdi Cooked in Buttermilk.

Recipe SourceKhichdi with Masoor Dal

How to Make Hyderabadi Khichdi with Masoor Dal

Hyderabadi Khichdi made with rice and masoor dal
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Hyderabadi Khichdi with Masoor Dal
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

This is the recipe for a mildly spiced, mellow Hyderabadi Khichdi made with Masoor Dal. Pair it with some Til ka Khatta and you have a perfect meal.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabadi, Indian
Servings: 4 People
Author: Aruna
Ingredients
  • 3/4 Cup Rice
  • 1/2 Cup Masoor Dal
  • 1 Cup Finely Chopped Onions
  • 3 Spicy Green Chillies (Slit)
  • 1 Handful Chopped Mint Leaves
  • 6 Cloves
  • 2" Piece of Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Shah Jeera
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Ghee or Oil Vegans can use oil
  • Salt to Taste
Instructions
Preparing the Rice and Lentils
  1. Mix the rice and masoor dal.

  2. Wash and soak in 3 cups of water for 15 to 30 minutes.

  3. Drain and set aside.

Making the Hyderabadi Khichdi
  1. In a kadhai, over medium heat, melt the ghee.

  2. Add the cloves, cinnamon and shah jeera.

  3. Stir-fry till the aromas are released.

  4. Add the onions and ginger garlic paste.

  5. Stir-fry till the onions are translucent.

  6. Add turmeric, slit green chillies and salt. Mix well.

  7. Add mint leaves and mix well. 

  8. Add the soaked and drained rice and masoor dal.

  9. Mix well.

  10. Add 2 cups of water and salt.

  11. Mix well.

  12. Cover and cook till the rice and lentils are done.

  13. With a gentle hand, mix the Hyderabadi Khichdi to separate the grains.  

  14. Serve hot with Til ka Khatta or Mirchi ka Salan.

 

A Spoonful of Hyderabadi Khichdi
A Spoonful of Hyderabadi Khichdi

How to Make Hyderabadi Khichdi with Masoor Dal

  1. Presoaking the Rice and Masoor Dal
    1. Add the rice and masoor dal to a large bowl or colander.
    2. Wash under running water till the water runs clear.
    3. Soak the rice and dal in 3 cups of water for 15 to 30 minutes.
    4. After the rice and dal are soaked, drain them and set aside.
  2. Making the Hyderabadi Khichdi
    1. Using medium flame, heat a large kadhai and add the ghee to it. Vegans can use oil.
    2. When the ghee is melted, add the cloves, cinnamon and shah jeera, and stir-fry till aromatic.
    3. Now add the sliced onions and ginger-garlic paste.
    4. Stir-fry the onions till they turn are translucent. Be careful not to brown the onion. 
    5. Now add the turmeric powder, slit green chillies and salt. Mix well.
    6. Add the chopped mint leaves and stir-fry for a few seconds.
    7. Now add the soaked and drained rice and masoor dal and mix well.
    8. Add 2 cups of water.
    9. Mix well, cover and cook over medium heat till the rice and masoor dal are done. You do not have to stir this often.

    10. When the Hyderabadi Khichdi is cooked, mix with a gentle hand to separate the grains.
    11. Garnish with fresh coriander.
      Hyderabadi Masoor Dal Ki Khichdi
  3. Serve hot with Papad and Til ka Khatta or Mirchi ka Salan.

 

I am taking this hearty winter khichdi to the 118th Foodie Monday Blog Hop event where the theme is Khichdi! To see what my fellow bloggers are cooking, click on the logo!

Moong Dal Khichdi

Moong Dal Kichadi
Moong Dal Kichadi

Khichdi… hearing the very word brings comfort when one is feeling blue. Moong Dal Khichdi is one of those comfort foods whose appeal is universal. It is very easy to make and a great way to eat sprouts, if you do not like sprouts by themselves. If you are ill or are feeling queasy, having moong dal khichdi will make you feel better. If you are craving for something “nice” to eat, Kadhi-Khichdi is the answer.

Moong Dal Khichadi is North India’s answer to the South Indian Ven Pongal or Katte Pongali!

Do try my Moong Dal Palak Khichdi Cooked in Buttermilk.

Ingredients

  1. Rice – 1 Cup
  2. Moong Sprouts – 1 Cup
  3. Cumin or Jeera – 1 tsp
  4. Turmeric – 1/8 tsp
  5. Ghee or Clarified Butter – 1 tbsp
  6. Salt to Taste

Method

  1. Soak the rice and sprouts in 4 cups of water for 1 hour.
  2. Pressure cook the soaked rice and moong sprouts for 4 whistles.
  3. When the rice-dal mix has cooled a bit, mas with a heavy ladle.
  4. In a kadhai or a heavy bottomed vessel, heat the ghee.
  5. Add the cumin seeds and stir-fry till they start to change colour.
  6. Add turmeric.
  7. Add the mashed rice-moon sprouts and mix well.
  8. Add salt.
  9. Add a bit of water, if required.
  10. Mix well.
  11. Serve hot with ghee and kadhi.