Broken Wheat and Chana Dal Sweet Khichdi | Konkani style

                                                        Amma said this is the month of khichdi being the time of the auspicious festival celebrated all over India, Makar Sankranti. According to Wikipedia, “Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path, which is the first change in the zodiac after the winter solstice and is the first day of the month of Magha. The festival is a seasonal observance as well as a religious celebration.” So since Amma already gave us a reason to satiate our ever craving sweet tooth, I decided to make the famous Chana Dal Khichdi made at my hubby’s place during festive occasions.

                                                       This khichdi is quite similar to the Moong dal Khichdi I make always, the only difference being that this one has broken wheat instead of rice. Hence it is a great option for people who want to avoid rice in their diet but still crave for sweet khichdi. I had made it in large quantity to share with my neighbors from Tamil Nadu but my neighborhood kids from the country of Mozambique wanted to taste it and finally ended up devouring three bowls of the khichdi. Their mom has asked me for the recipe as the kids are demanding her to make it again. *super hit khichdi * *happy happy me*

                                                  And what about my foodies at home? They of course loved it a lot. My little girl was behind me for more “kichikichi” as she calls it. 😀 The little bites of chana dal along with the soft broken wheat makes this sweet khichdi more flavorful. Hope you all will try this healthy sweet for Sankranti or even otherwise. Happy and Healthy cooking!

Health Benefits of Broken Wheat: Made from crushing whole wheat berries, the nutrition and fiber is intact and hence very healthy… Good source of Iron , Magnesium and Phosphorus and higher glycemic index and nutritional value than rice..

You can also try my Broken Wheat Dosa and Instant Broken Wheat Idli if are looking out for delicious ways to add broken wheat in your diet!

RECIPE: {Serves 2}

1/2 Cup Broken Wheat/ Dalia/ Gonva khann
1/2 Cup Chana Dal/ split bengal gram
1 Cup Jaggery*
1/4 Cup freshly grated Coconut
1/4 Cup Cashews
1/4 Cup Raisins
2 Tbsp Ghee
1/2 tsp Cardamom powder

*Grate if the jaggery is soft. For hard jaggery, melt in a vessel as shown in step 4.

1. Dry roast chana dal in a heavy bottomed non stick kadhai on medium flame till it gives out a wonderful aroma and changes colour slightly. Make sure not to brown it and keep the flame on medium to low the whole time.

2. Add to a pressure cooker. Also add broken wheat. Wash well twice or thrice to remove impurities.

3. Add 3 to 4 cups water and pressure cook on high till 1 whistle and then lower the flame and cook for 10 to 15 mins.
Note: Check if both the broken wheat and chana dal have turned soft (open only after the cooker has cooled down). If not, add a cup of water again and cook till soft.
4. In a vessel, add half cup water and allow jaggery to melt in it. This step is only if the jaggery is hard. For soft ones that can be grated, skip this step.

5. Heat ghee in the non stick kadai and add cashews and raisins. Allow raisins to puff up and cashews to turn light brown in color.

6. Add the melted jaggery water or grated jaggery to this. Add coconut.

7. Add pressure cooked chana dal and broken wheat. Mix well till it incorporates well into the jaggery. Cover and cook on low flame for about 5 to 8 mins. Add little water if needed.

8. Mix in cardamom powder. Remove from flame.

Serve hot.

* You can also spread in a plate and cut into squares. The khichdi sets as it cools down. A topping of sliced banana makes it look good and enhances the taste too.
* An important tip is to cook the chana dal-broken wheat mixture till soft and then add to the jaggery mixture. Once added to the jaggery mixture, the chana dal does not cook further. So after pressure cooking, if the chana dal is not cooked properly, add more water and cook again till the dal turns soft. You can also soak for an hour after dry roasting if you have time.
* If you want, you can also make a Moong dal sweet khichdi with rice. This comes out delicious too.
* Since jaggery depends on each brand, first add 1 Cup (for each 1 Cup chana dal + broken wheat) and increase towards the end if you feel the sweetness is not sufficient.
* In the step by step pictures, I have doubled the recipe as I had to make in large quantity. The mentioned ratio of ingredients serves two to three people.

Hello, I am Mitha.Join me in my journey of healthy eating with my foodie of a husband and an equally foodie toddler. This site is a collection of recipes that we loved so much that we had to share it. Enjoy cooking with these healthy-easy-delicious recipes!

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