Mumbai's Dabbawala- Preserving values
Surmai Orientally speaking

Express Khichadi with Vegetables- A Meal in 20 minutes



Fast food need not mean the greasy ,synthetic, barely edible stuff available at a variety of food chains with fancy names of Scottish clans and Italian famiglias.

Fast food can mean healthy, fresh and filling meals made in a jiffy. You just need to know the recipes.

Here's one, whipped together with what you usually have in any Indian kitchen and the indispensable pressure cooker.


1 1/3 cup rice

2/3 cup toor dal

1/4 cup frozen peas

2 tbsp oil or ghee

1 onion, finely chopped

1 large potato cubed

2 tbsp peanuts, roasted

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 " ginger sliced

1 green chilli, chopped fine

1 tsp cumin, powdered

1/2 tsp black pepper ground

4 cloves ground

1 " piece of cinnamon

Pinch of asafoetida

2 tbsp chopped coriander

600 ml water

1 tsp salt


 Wash the rice and lentils well till water runs clear. Soak in water while getting the other ingredients ready.

Heat the oil or ghee in a 3-5 litre pressure cooker. When hot saute the garlic and onions in the oil. Add the ginger and green chilli and fry some more. Now add the cumin, the peas and poattoes. Fry for a minute or two then add the pepper,cinnamon ,cloves and asafoetida.Give it a good stir and add the drained rice and lentils. Now add the water and salt. Cover with the lid and put on the weight of the cooker.

Cook on high heat till the cooker gives one whistle. Turn the heat off and leave to cool and reduce to normal pressure. Now open lid and serve hot with yogurt and pickle.

Absolutely yum and incredibly fast to produce!