|BAjre ki Khichidi Aur Lassi|
In Haryana food is simple especially in the rural areas. The first meal of the day is lunch which is roti made from either bajra, wheat or gram with salt and green chillies. In the evening it’s the simple meal of khichri of bajra or rice and moong.
In urban areas however breakfast is a common feature again roti from bajra and bejhar (gram and barley mixture) flour was used but now wheat is more popular. Saag, a vegetable is common as is milk, curd and buttermilk. he afternoon meal is usually a simple affair yet again, but at night the menu can be very varied with meat and vegetables sitting side by side.
The food of Haryana or Haryanvi food as it is called is fuss free made with the intention that the eater must relish every part of the food.
Haryana can also be regarded as ‘the land of the rotis’ as the natives cannot resist the steaming hot and delicious rotis.
Haryana is popular for its cattle wealth and is an ideal home for Haryana cow and Murrah buffalo. There is no dearth of milk as well as milk products Haryanvi Cuisine. Ghee and butter are prepared at home and are used liberally in their regular diet.
Buttermilk and lassi and tea is a common drink and don’t forget Thandai. If you want a change go in for sharbat and nimbu pani.
Fresh vegetables are eaten daily. On special occasions you may see Pethe ki subji. The most relished dishes are Raabri and Bajre ki khichri with lassi. Teet ka achar is a pickle made of Kair tree. Some of other dishes are in Haryanvi cuisines are Singri ki sabzi, Kachri ki Sabzi, Methi Gajar, Mixed Dal, Hara Dhania Cholia, Kadhi Pakora, Tamatar Chutney, Bathua Raita, Khichri, Mithe Chawal, Besan Masala Roti Makhan, Bhura Roti Ghee, Bajra Aloo Roti Makhan, bathua raita Churma, Kheer and Malpuas!
Hearing me mutter my elder daughter told me,”Mamma, here on Haryana your write up says bajre ki khichidi . “ Thanks babes what I will do without you!
Inspite of having all this write-up I did not know what to make for Haryana. I mean I can see all this, these dishes and I was at a loss what to make. Maybe because I wanted to make malpuas and the fact that I will have no takers was dragging. I just could not see the other savoury dishes!
About that time I happened to mention in our watsupp group that I have Haryana and few others left to cook. Preeti of Simply Tadka immediately told me to make Bajre ki Khichidi and Lassi. I was shocked! Isn’t that Rajasthan? I mean Tarla Dalal has it classified as Rajasthan!
Anyway I loved the Bajre ki Khichidi a lot! Lassi was for hubby who gulped it down happily (the girls and I do not like sugar in our curds/ buttermilk)!
You can use carrots, potato and peas I used only corn!
|Bajre ki Khichidi|
Bajre ki Khichidi
Indian State: Haryana
Recipe Source: Turban Tadka
Recipe Source: Turban Tadka
- 1 ½ cups bajra soaked overnight
- ½ moong dal
- 3 tblspn oil
- ½ tsp jeera/cumin seeds
- 2 onions sliced
- 2 green chillies, chopped
- ¼ tsp hing/asafoetida
- ½ tsp haldi/turmeric
- ½ tsp red chilli powder
- Heat 2 tblspn oil add the cumin seeds, green chillies and onion.
- Add the asafoetida, bajra and the moong dal, ¼ tsp turmeric and ¼ tsp red chilli powder, sauté.
- Add 8 cups water and the corn and pressure cook for 3-4whistles reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes.
- Once the cooker opens serve with a dollop of ghee. (Since I was on a diet I did not add the ghee).
In case you are using the vegetables like carrots, potato and peas your method of cooking will be this.
- In another pan add the oil the carrots and the potatoes sauté for 3 minutes. Cover and cook after adding the remaining chilli powder, haldi and salt.
- Add the French beans, peas cover and cook.
- Meanwhile the cooker will open the lid and add the vegetables. Mix well.
Serve hot with cold Lassi.
To make lassi whip curds with water and sugar. For an added flavour I added some elichi/cardamom powder.