Mushroom and truffle khichadi
- January 2022
- Serves 4-6 as part of a spread
- Hands-on time 45 min
Chef Rohit Ghai’s mushroom and truffle khichadi is his signature take on the classic Indian comfort food dish of rice and lentils.
Recipe from TARKARI: Vegetarian and Vegan Indian Dishes with Heart and Soul by Rohit Ghai (Kyle Books £25)
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- 15.2g (1.4g saturated)
- 88.5g (7g sugars)
- 200g basmati rice
- 300g toor dal (yellow split peas)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ tsp cumin seeds
- ½ tsp grated ginger
- Pinch asafoetida
- 100g onions, chopped
- 1 green chilli, slit down one side
- 100g (1-2) tomatoes, chopped
- Pinch ground turmeric
For the mushrooms
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 500g mushrooms (mix of wild or cultivated), chopped
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 100g onions, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
- 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tbsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder (or mild chilli powder/paprika)
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 100g tomatoes (1-2), chopped
- 1 tsp truffle oil
- 2 tsp fresh black truffle, shaved or grated (see Know-how)
- 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
- Wash the rice and lentils at least three times in fresh water, then drain well and set aside. Heat the oil in a large saucepan set on a medium heat and add the bay leaf and cumin seeds. Cook for 1 minute, then add the grated ginger and cook until fragrant. Add the asafoetida, followed by the onions and green chilli, and cook for about 5 minutes until the onions have started to soften.
- Add the tomatoes, turmeric and a large pinch of salt and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add the drained rice and lentils and give it a good stir. Add 750ml water for a thick consistency, or, if you prefer a looser, porridge-like khichadi, add 1 litre water. Stir once, check for seasoning, then leave to simmer, covered, giving the mixture the occasional stir, while you cook the mushrooms. If the mixture begins to stick, add a little more water.
- For the mushrooms, heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a non-stick pan over a medium heat. Add the mushrooms in batches with a large pinch of salt and cook until golden brown all over and most of the moisture has evaporated.
- Meanwhile, put another frying pan over a medium heat and add the remaining 1 tbsp oil. Add the cumin seeds and, once they begin to crackle, turn up the heat to medium-high and add the onions, cooking until caramelised, crisp and golden brown – about 7-8 minutes. Add the ginger-garlic paste, cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the turmeric, coriander, chilli powder and garam masala. Cook gently for 4-5 minutes, then add the tomatoes and simmer for about 10 minutes until soft. Add the cooked mushrooms, give everything a good stir and remove from the heat.
- By this time the khichadi should be ready – it should take 20-25 minutes. Taste a spoonful of the rice and lentils to ensure they’re cooked through.
- Divide the khichadi among dishes and top with the mushroom mixture. Drizzle with truffle oil, generously cover with freshly shaved or grated truffle and garnish with coriander to serve.
Easy swaps: If you can’t find ginger-garlic paste, use ½ tbsp ginger paste and ½ tbsp garlic paste, or freshly grated/crushed garlic and ginger.
Rohit says: “Khichadi is a rice and dhal mixture – India’s comfort food. As a child, I’d demand my mum make it for me almost every day for lunch – simpler days! At Kutir, I serve a version with wild mushrooms and fresh truffle, which has become one of my signature dishes – I’ve adapted it so you can make it at home.”
Buy fresh truffles online and from delis in the cooler months. They lose their potency when stored so use them soon after buying. Shave over pasta, pizza or mash, or over a cheese toastie for a treat. In supermarkets, look out for storecupboard versions in oil.
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