Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Bajre ki Khichidi and Lassi ~Indian State Haryana

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!

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!

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!

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 

  • 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.

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  1. Am ready to finish that plate of healthy khichdi and that super tempting lassi,beautiful dishes there.

  2. The bajra khichdi is from Rajasthan also...but more popular in Haryana...Archana it is a blessing to gave me we are lost without them.

  3. Nice combo. Must have felt good in the April heat. You and the girls should try khari lassi.

  4. love the steel glass used for lassi, makes it more authentic, now i am intrigued to make this bajra khichdi soon

  5. Kichadi sounds healthy and delicious...

  6. There are so many kichdi recipes I am reading today. Looks like a filling one pot meal. I can finish the whole glass of lassi in one go!!

  7. Same Pinch Archana..Loved your version of the kichdi too.

  8. Refreshing and cooling lassi, looks more authentic..

  9. The entire plate looks very good and inviting Archana...

  10. I have to get myself some bajra now to try these healthy Haryanavi dishes. That khichdi looks too good.

  11. Bajra khichidi looks delicious and a healthy dish too.

  12. Such an healthy khicidi Arachana , they are making me hungry .. Love to drink that tall glass of lassi right away and get the white mustache ;) :)

  13. love the frothy lassi.. i love lassi


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