Hello friends! Hope the summer heat isn’t getting you down. I have a great recipe to share. It’s an authentic Bangladeshi kichri straight from my sweet momma!
Growing up, my mom never followed written recipes for all the traditional South Asian food she cooked. It was all based on memory from watching her mom and grandmother cook. So I’m committed to writing this stuff down to make things easier for future generations!
My Mom’s Authentic Kichri Recipe
Kichri is sort of a fad right now among Western yogis and health nuts. I’m not sure why, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing! Kichri is an easy to make vegetarian dish that I absolutely love serving to my 2 year old for an easy, nutritious meal. You can’t go wrong with kichri. It’s a heartwarming meal that is versatile in that you can add stuff to it, like potatoes, broccoli, spinach, even chicken (cook the chicken first!)! Try it and you won’t be disappointed.
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1 cup split moong beans or orange lentils soaked in water (my mom soaks her anywhere between a few hours to overnight, but I didn’t soak my red lentils at all and it tasted great!)
- 1 tsp sambar powder (this is the one I use!)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 whole dried chilis (you can skip this, especially if you’re cooking for a toddler!)
- Optional 1-2 tbsp butter or ghee
- Rinse the rice and water 2-3 times until the water is not very cloudy.
- Add everything to a pot with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil, then simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the texture of the rice and lentils is to your liking! You may need to add water every now and then if the water cooks down and the kichri isn’t fully cooked yet.
- Top with butter or ghee and mix in! This step is optional but it really makes the kichri delicious!
*Some variations on the spices are, add extra ginger if you are under the weather, or add extra water if you want something more soupy! Kichri is very thick in nature, so if you have a sore throat you may need to add more water.
Sorry this post is short, but I’m gonna be real with you and say that I’m exhausted : ) Good night, and I insist that you make this kichri because I know you will love it as much as my whole family does.