Farali Kuttu ki Khichdi | Buckwheat Khichdi


As said in my earlier post on Samak Rice Khichdi, this week I am sharing
Khichdi recipes which features a grain but which is not rice. Since the Navratri festival is fast approaching,  I decided to go ahead with the fasting or farali Khichdi. Farali Kuttu ki Khichdi , aka Buckwheat Khichdi, which is naturally protein rich and is gluten free.


Farali Kuttu ki Khichdi _ Buckwheat Khichdi

This goes for So coming to second day of the “Biryani/Pulao/Khichadi Festival!


So what is Kuttu or Buckwheat?

Buckwheat belongs to the group of foods called as pseudocereals. It is a plant cultivated for its grain-like seeds and as a cover crop. Despite the name, buckwheat is not related to wheat, as it is not a grass or do not grow on grasses. Some similar pseudocereals are quinoa and amaranth. Buckwheat is very healthy and is gluten-free. It is a rich source of protein and dietary fiber. Buckwheat is processed into groats, flour and noodles. (Source Wikipedia)

Farali Kuttu ki Khichdi _ Buckwheat Khichdi


Buckwheat for fasting

In India buckwheat flour is known as Kuttu ka atta. It is commonly used during Navratri festivals. Puri’s , savory pancakes , pakoras are made during the fasting or the vrat days. Eating cereals such as wheat and rice is prohibited during fasting days. Since Buckwheat is not a cereal, it is considered acceptable for consumption during vrat.

Buckwheat noodles are common across Japan, Tibet and China. Buckwheat groats are commonly used in Western Asia and eastern Europe. Porridge is one of the common dish and is cooked with broth to a texture similar to rice or bulgar.

Farali Kuttu ki Khichdi _ Buckwheat Khichdi


I have eaten buckwheat pancakes a lot, specially when my mom use to fast. I use to like it, especially as it has a slight glutinous texture. It is soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. My mom use to make it with Buckwheat flour. Since Buckwheat groats is more easily available here than the flour, I made this Buckwheat Pancakes using groats and enjoyed them with Kali mirch ki Aloo ki Sabji.

So this time I decided to make this Khichdi, after seeing a lot of recipes online, I shortlisted this recipe from Mayuri’s Blog. Her pics really tempted me to try it out. The Khichdi is done similar to that of Sabudana khichdi except the groat is first cooked for some 10-15 minutes until done.

Rest it is a matter of adding ghee, tadka, peanuts and a yummy and Nutritious Khichdi is ready. So here goes the recipe.


Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Buckwheat groat
  • 1 Medium potato (peeled and cubed)
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee (Clarified Butter) (One can use oil too)
  • 1 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup roasted, shelled and coarsely chopped peanuts
  • 1/2 Chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped fresh mint
  • 2-3 green chilies finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger (or ginger paste)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (Til)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice (depending on taste)
  • Sendha Namak (Rock salt or normal salt) to taste


Preparation

  • Rinse and wash the Buckwheat groat in water.
  • Add water and let it soak for 30-60 minutes.
  • In a pot, add 1 cup water and the soaked buckwheat groat.
  • Add salt and let the Buckwheat groat cook over medium heat.
  • It will take around 10-15 minutes.
  • To check gently crush 1-2 groats between your hand, it should crush smoothly.
  • Do not overcook or else the khichdi will go mushy.
  • Remove the cooked buckwheat into a plate or a colander and spread it out.
  • Let this cool down completely.
  • In the mean time, create a paste of coriander and mint or finely chop them.
  • I have not added any water, as I did it in a food processor.
  • If you are making a paste and adding water add as little as you can.
  • In a pan add ghee\oil over medium heat.
  • Once hot, add cumin seeds and sesame seeds.
  • When the seeds pop, add curry leaves, green chillies, finely grated ginger and give it a quick mix.
  • Add the chopped potato, very little salt and let the potatoes cook.
  • You might need to add some water (the remaining 1/4 cup) to help the potatoes cook.
  • Once the potatoes are done, add the chopped peanuts.
  • Add the chopped mint and coriander and mix well.
  • Now add the coriander powder, clove powder, sugar and mix well.
  • Add the buckwheat groat and lemon juice.
  • Mix everything well but gently. We do not want the groats to get mushy.
  • Let this cook for 4-5 minutes, mixing occasionally.
  • Serve it as is or with some yogurt.


Farali Kuttu ki Khichdi _ Buckwheat Khichdi



Few more fasting/vrat recipes :


5 from 1 vote
Farali Kuttu ki Khichdi | Buckwheat Khichdi
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Soaking Time
1 hr
Total Time
30 mins
 
Farali Kutti ki Khichdi or Buckwheat Khichdi is a protein rich, healthy and gluten free khichdi made using Buckwheat groats.
Course: Breakfast, Main Course, Snacks
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Buckwheat, Farali, Fasting Recipes, Gluten Free, Kuttu, Vrat
Servings: 2 people
Author: Renu Agrawal-Dongre
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Buckwheat groat
  • 1 Medium potato (peeled and cubed)
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee/Clarified Butter (One can use oil too)
  • 1 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup roasted (shelled and coarsely chopped peanuts)
  • 1/2 Chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped fresh mint
  • 2-3 green chilies finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger (or ginger paste)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (Til)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice (depending on taste)
  • Sendha Namak (Rock salt or normal salt to taste)
Instructions
  1. Rinse and wash the Buckwheat groat in water.

  2. Add water and let it soak for 30-60 minutes.

  3. In a pot, add 1 cup water and the soaked buckwheat groat.

  4. Add salt and let the Buckwheat groat cook over medium heat.

  5. It will take around 10-15 minutes. 

  6. To check gently crush 1-2 groats between your hand, it should crush smoothly.

  7. Do not overcook or else the khichdi will go mushy.

  8. Remove the cooked buckwheat into a plate or a colander and spread it out.

  9. Let this cool down completely.

  10. In the mean time, create a paste of coriander and mint or finely chop them. 

  11. I have not added any water, as I did it in a food processor.

  12. If you are making a paste and adding water add as little as you can.

  13. In a pan add gheeoil over medium heat. 

  14. Once hot, add cumin seeds and sesame seeds.

  15. When the seeds pop, add curry leaves, green chillies, finely grated ginger and give it a quick mix. 

  16. Add the chopped potato, very little salt and let the potatoes cook.

  17. You might need to add some water (the remaining 1/4 cup) to help the potatoes cook. 

  18. Once the potatoes are done, add the chopped peanuts.

  19. Add the chopped mint and coriander and mix well.

  20. Now add the coriander powder, clove powder, sugar and mix well.

  21. Add the buckwheat groat and lemon juice.

     

  22. Mix everything well but gently. We do not want the groats to get mushy.

  23. Let this cook for 4-5 minutes, mixing occasionally.

  24. Serve it as is or with some yogurt.

  25. Now add the coriander powder, clove powder, sugar and mix well.

  26. Add the buckwheat groat and lemon juice.

  27. Mix everything well but gently, as we do not want the groats to get mushy.

  28. Let this cook for 4-5 minutes, mixing occasionally.

  29. Serve it as is or with some yogurt.


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