Fada ni khichdi (dalia khichdi)

Delicious, creamy and wholesome are the words I would use to describe this easy and quick fada ni khichdi.  And best of all, it’s a one pot cooking.

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As with most of my recipes and as the tagline says, this blog is all about inspired vegetarian creations. If you have been to the iconic restaurant, Swati Snacks in Mumbai, you will surely be drooling at the thought of that mouthwatering hot fada ni khichdi served with cold, creamy curd tempered with garlic. Heavenly!! I love absolutely everything on the menu that Swati Snacks has to offer be it satpadi rotli or cheese masala pav or melt in the mouth sev puri.

Today’s recipe is just that then. Inspired by this ever-popular restaurant, this is my humble effort to replicate their fada ni khichdi. Fada is the Gujarati name for dalia (broken wheat, cracked wheat, bulgar wheat). Fada or dalia is wholesome on its own but when combined with vegetables and split mung dal, it makes for a delicious one pot meal. A fairly easy recipe actually…do the masalas, combine dalia mix and pressure cook.

The fada ni khichdi served at Swati Snacks is almost like a creamy porridge. The trick to get that kind of texture is to use finely chopped green beans and carrot. This allows the vegetables to almost disintegrate during the process of cooking. Another trick is to use a potato cut in small cubes and include a handful of short grain rice. The short grain rice and potato makes this meal more ‘buttery’ like without having to add much ghee or butter.

Fada ni khichdi (dalia khichdi)
Fada ni khichdi (dalia khichdi)

Hung curd dip with garlic oil is another essential element to this khichdi. Adding spoonful of this cold curd to a hot khichdi makes for a delicious contrast, trust me! And best of all, it takes just takes under 5 minutes to make it. As I said, it is a fairly simple recipe but it makes to a popular restaurant menu due to its contrast of hot and cold and the creaminess of the khichdi.

It is truly one of quick one pot meal that comes together, cooked in a pressure cooker or an instant pot. Do read the notes as I have given instructions on how to cook in instant pot as well.

If you love the texture of fada/dalia, be sure to look at Egyptian ‘pita bread’ made with a combination of whole wheat flour and fada/dalia.

Some other Gujarati recipes that may interest you:

  1. Valor/papdi dhokli nu shaak
  2. Kathiyawadi ringna nu shaak
  3. Dabeli
  4. Satpadi rotli
  5. Bharela marcha

 

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