I have managed, in this heat, to catch a cold. My head feels heavy and my movements lethargic. On top of that, my cook did no a show, but she was kind enough to inform me about that. I was not really feeling up to doing much cooking, so I made a one dish meal. This is a recipe that A taught me and it has been a life saver (mine) on many an ocassion.
You will need:
These are the proportions I used; these can be easily varied
Cabbage: 1/2 of a medium sized cabbage
Rice: 1&1/2 cups
Peas: a handful
Onions: 2 - quartered
Potato: 2, halved
Garlic: 4 cloves smashed
Ginger: 1/2 tsp grated
Bay leaf: 1
Cinnamon: 1" stick
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Green elaichi: 2 pods
Salt: 2 tsp
Sugar: a pinch
Oil: 2 tbsp
- Shred the cabbage, wash well and drain.
- Wash the rice and drain.
- In a pressure cooker, heat oil. Add the cinnamon, cardamon, bay leaf and elaichi.
- After 30 sec (by this time, the spices will have released their aroma), add the cumin seeds.
- When the cumin start spluttering, which is almost immediately, add the cabbage, peas, garlic and ginger and turmeric and salt. Stir well.
- After a minute, add the tomatoes. Stir well.
- After a minute, add the rice. Stir well otherwise, the rice will stick to the pan.
- Add the quartered onions and the potatoes.
- Add 2&3/4 cups water - the same cup that was used to measure out the rice.
- Cover the cooker and cook for one whistle. Remove from flame. Let the cover drop by itself. Don't lift the weight on top of the lid to release the pressure.
- Viola! Done. Enjoy. Bon Appetit.
- The onions can be sauteed right in the begining right after adding the cumin. Any other vegetable can be used too.
- Since it's a khichdi or Khichudi in bengali, it can be accompanied by fritters - begun /brinjal, parwal /potol, papads.
And it does not take more than 20 minutes start to finish.