Manipuri Khichdi with Ooti from Manipur

We are now on M and the one that starts with the North East states Manipur. With my chosen Bread theme, I had such difficulty finding bread in these states. That's when I had to resort to the other clause I had for myself. And started looking at their staple food or at least with Rice. I had decided that if I didn't get any Bread variety, I would check out for dishes with Rice or any famous dish made with flour.

Some years back we had a popular event happening in the blogosphere, better known as RCI or Regional Cuisines of India. When I had started blogging, RCI - Andhra just got over and I was upset I missed a chance. I just took the time to check out my RCI entries and enjoyed reading about TN, Karnataka, Maharastra, Orissa,  Gujarat,  Bengali and so many states that I participated. I tried my best to take part in this event as Regional Cuisine has always been my passionate topic. Can you believe, I had done for Sikkim as well! And there went off my chance of having something ready to make.
Anyway with the chance of finding a bread from Manipur being very bleak, I decided to go with Rice dish. My Bihari colleague said she has Manipuri friends, and I was pestering her to get recipes from her. It took such a long time as this friend was busy and finally I landed myself in Aparna's post from where I got to know about Anthony's recipes on Manipuri Khichdi and Ooti. 

He was so eloquent in describing this Khichdi and Ooti, that I wanted to try this right away. So I had to shop for the white peas. Somehow I never liked this variety and never stock it. When the dried peas get cooked, I detest the aroma that comes out. Surprisingly in Ooti, there was none. And the Khichdi, though mine little dry, was tasting and lived up to what Anthony was praising. I remember reading this Bachelor's Cooking blog during my initial days of blogging and never thought it was authored by a Manipurian and someday he will come to my rescue!

After doing our research and study of these North East states, I felt there is an urgent need for people from these states to record their recipes online. I am sure my friends would agree on this and we could've saved ourselves, hours of logging over these states, trying to find something that we can cook, especially vegetarians.

Now let's check out this delicious combination. I am sure if you want some more.

Manipuri Khichdi

Ingredients Needed:

Basmati rice 1 cup
Toor Dal - 1/4 cup
Onion, finely chopped - 1 small
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Peanuts roasted and skinned - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Bay leaves - 2 medium
Cardamom pods - 3
Cloves - 3
Red chillies - 3 nos
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp
Ghee - 2 tbsp

How to make the Khichdi

Wash and soak the rice for 15 mins.

Wash and pressure cook the Toor dal along with turmeric powder till so soft.

Then add the rice to the dal and simmer.

Meanwhile, heat a nonstick pan with oil and a tsp of ghee, add the jeera, bay leaves and cardamom and cloves.

Now add the onions and fry till golden brown and add the ginger garlic paste. Pour it into the boiling cooker of dal-rice. Cover the cooker and let go of two whistles and let cool.

Heat remaining ghee and then fry the Peanuts. Saute them and add to the dal rice once the pressure falls down. Mix well.

The Khichdi is ready to serve with Ootti. You can also serve with pickle.

Notes:

This is your regular Khichdi, so make sure you add enough water. I didn't realize that Anthony was using raw peanuts. So like me, if you are using fried peanuts, you can add it in one shot in the beginning.
Ootti / White Peas Subji

Ingredients Needed:

White Peas - 1 1/2 cups
Onion finely chopped - 1 big
Ginger, finely chopped - 1“
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 3-4
Bay leaves - 2 medium
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

How to make Ootti

Soak the peas in water overnight and pressure cook till done.

In another pan, heat the oil and add the bay leave, cumin, and chillies. Just sauté and add the ginger and onion. Saute till onions are brown. Pour this into the peas and mix well.

Serve hot.
We enjoyed the Manipuri Khichdi for lunch with Ootti, appams, and some pickle.

Konda and I enjoyed our meal very much and I took this for my colleagues as well, who were very surprised that the meal was very tasty.




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