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Cracked Wheat & Rice Khichdi/Spiced Lentils cooked with rice and cracked wheat

Cracked wheat/Broken wheat is one other healthier food that can be incorporated into the diet in place of processed grains. My husband loves the texture and taste of it, but I am not that big of a fan. I can eat it, but, I'd like it better if it was invisible :) This is one attempt.. And a pretty good one. My little one kept asking for more and more.. And thats always a BIG BONUS.. ! It turned out soo invisible and so tasty.. that have decided that from now on, there is no point in making a just white rice khichdi anymore. That I will always use some cracked wheat in my khichdi.. Try it.. ! I am sure you'll like it too.

1 Cup Cracked Wheat
1 Cup Moong Dal
1 Cup Rice( I used long grain rice which tends to be a bit sticky and is perfect for khichdi)
6 cups water

1 tsp Turmeric
4-5 Green chillies (slit length-wise)
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
2 sprigs of Curry leaves
1 Tbsp Urad Dal (deskinned)
1 Tbsp Ghee (You may go a little lighter on this if you'd like..)
1 Tbsp Black pepper seeds
1/2 cup Cashews (Optional)

Dry roast the cracked wheat. Wash the dal and rice and dump into rice cooker. Add the cracked wheat too. Measure and add water. In a small pan, prepare the tempering.
Add ghee, when melted and warm add the urad dal and cashews if using, then add green chilies, black pepper seeds, add curry leaves and turmeric and then mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Stir lightly until the seeds start spluttering. Add the mixture to the rice cooker. Add salt as required, stir the rice, wheat, dal and tempering mixture and turn on the rice cooker. When done, serve hot with some kind of pacchi pulusu/rasam/sambhar/ pickle.

It was really yummy and no one could tell there was cracked wheat in it until I mentioned.. ! Its a wholesome weekday meal with fiber, protein and taste :) Enjoy !

Variations :
Regular Khichdi recipe in this post.

Adding vegetables also is a good option, I frequently do it. (Potato, peas,cauliflower, peppers, egg plant are good ones for this)

This recipe goes to the JFI-Wheat event being hosted by Roma this month.
Also to PJ's Tasty Bites for Toddlers event


Happy cook said...

Love the colour and it looks yummy.

Himani said...

hey..i always add a handful of cracked wheat to my khichdi...tastes delicious..and great way to incorporate fiber in our diet..but i use clove and cinnamon in the tempering instead of urad dal or black pepper..its kinda comfort food for me..khichdi, curd and achaar..enough to make my day!!

EC said...

Healthy and comfort food

KALVA said...

simple it

Anonymous said...

sounds healthy and delicious, thanks for participating in JFI-wheat.

Divya Vikram said...

Lovely healthy recipe. Have a box of cracket wheat in my pantry. Will try this sometime.

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Rajee said...

Lovely color and ur dish made me hungry.
I came to know ur blog through wheat event that I too participate

Dazy said...

Can I seriously come over for dinner soon? ...... your recipe sounds so yummy.....

harini-jaya said...

gr8 idea..first time here...luv ur space

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