Pearl Barley and Mung Dal Khichdi

Wanted to have something spicy, hot, comforting in this cold weather, and at the same time healthy and less time consuming. Barley Soup and Khichdi were in my mind, so thought of a fusion of Barley and Khichdi. I was not sure how it will taste like as did not knew if I can actually combine both. So gave it a try. I made it a bit spicy, and made in olive oil instead of ghee and in a pot/kadai. One can even make in pressure cooker I guess, but thought Barley will go completely soggy so made it in a pot/kadai.




Here goes the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup yellow mung dal (lentil), washed and soaked for half an hour in warm water
  • 1/4 Cup green mung dal(lentil), washed and soaked for half an hour in warm water
  • 1/2 Cup Pearl Barley, washed and soaked for 15 minutes (My barley does not need soaking)
  • 1/2 Onion chopped
  • 2 Garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/4 piece ginger chopped
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1/4 cup green peas  
  • 1 medium size carrots chopped into cubes
  • 2 sweet red peppers chopped into cubes. (I simply added whatever vegetables was available in my fridge)
  • 1 medium tomato cubed
  • puree of 1 medium tomato
  • salt as per taste
  • 3 Cups water

Preparation

  1. In a pot add oil.
  2. Once hot add the chopped onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies.
  3. Saute it for 2-3 mins until translucent
  4. Add the green peas and carrots , a bit of salt and black pepper. Let it cook for 4-5 minutes.
  5. Then add the red peppers , yellow mung dal, green mung dal, Barley, water and salt
  6. Mix it and let it come to a boil. Let it cook on high for 5-7 minutes, then on medium for another 10-15 minutes, stirring in between.
  7. Once the water is almost reduced, and the mixture starts sticking let it cook on minimum for another 5 minutes.
  8. Switch off and let the Khichdi sit for 10 minutes or so.
  9. Serve it hot with Papad.
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Cornflakes Granola (No Oil/Butter/Egg)

Had bought a big box of Cornflakes and were bored of eating it with milk. It was simply lying there, did not want to throw it so thought of trying Cornflakes Granola. I replaced the Oats with Cornflakes. The end result a crunchy and healthy snack to munch and lightly sweet to satisfy your sweet cravings. One can simply put it in milk, or top it in your smoothie or in your fruit bowl, or enjoy it as is , the possibilities are endless.

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so here goes the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Cornflakes
  • 1/2 Cup Dates (I used Mejdool ones – roughly 10-11 pieces)
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds 
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts
  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Raisins
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Flaxseed
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder (Optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg powder  (Optional)

Note:

  • One can use any combination of nuts
  • Honey can be substituted by Maple syrup or any other sweetner too and the quantity can be increased, but corn flakes are already a bit sweet, so I added less. 
  • I did not add any oil or butter, as did not want to increase the fat content, one can add if required. 

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 Deg Celsius.
  2. Add the Dates, walnuts, almonds, raisins, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds in a food processor and chop them coarsely. We want bit size pieces.
  3. In a big bowl, add Cornflakes, cinnamon, nutmeg, chopped nuts and seeds, honey, salt, vanilla extract and water and give it a good mix. 
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the mixture on it. (One can even make bars out of it.)
  5. Let it bake for 55-60 minutes , stirring in between at around 30 minutes, until lightly brown.
  6. The mixture should be dry to touch. If it looks a bit moist after 60 minutes, just leave it on the counter to cool. It will all dry up.
  7. Cool completely and store it in an air tight container. 
  8. Enjoy it with milk, yogurt, smoothie or as is.

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