Living in Interesting times – Khichuri or Bengali Risotto

Who would have thought that we could get used to surving without power and heat without a week and get used to it. We are still without power, with some respite over the weekend, in my brother-in-law’s house. What a difference a hot shower and warmth makes. The least I can say is that we live in...

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried orange/red split lentils (masoor dal)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ⅔ cup rice (preferably kala jeera)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-cumin-coriander paste (page 14)
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped cauliflower florettes
  • 1/2 cup green frozen green peas
  • 3 or 4 green chilies, slit halfway lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
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