Saturday, November 27, 2010

Khichari, Plus a Daiya Giveaway


This is a bowl of khichari, which I think of as the Indian equivalent of pure comfort food. And it's naturally vegan! In India, if you are ill or unwell, this is what you will eat. It's meant to be simple and soothing and easy to digest. It's basically a porridge made of rice simmered with some type of lentil, bean, or split pea in a fair amount of water, so the whole thing goes to mush. Sometimes vegetables are added. A spiced oil is stirred in, and the whole thing is finished off with cilantro. The version I made can be found in a book called Heaven's Banquet, but there are variations available everywhere. The bowl above is pretty simple, and you could make it without a recipe easily: basmati rice, red lentils, more water than you would for regular rice, cook it to mush and season it. My spiced oil contains a number of Indian spices, turmeric for color, lots of fresh ginger, and a pinch of asafoetida/hing (often used in place of onions and garlic in Indian cooking). I've fed this to omnis before and they have loved it. I hope you find a recipe and try it!

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Today's giveaway is brought to you by the generous people at Daiya! I have a coupon for a free package for you. To enter, please leave a post below, and tell me how you pronounce Daiya, or about a day in your life, or about something you've dyed, or anything at all. This giveaway is open to anyone who can get Daiya products. The coupons do not specify where they can be used, so enter if you can buy Daiya where you live!

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The winner of yesterday's Coconut Bliss giveaway is Monique a.k.a Mo. Congratulations to you! Please send your name and address to me at miso...@yahoo.com. (<---make sure to click on the . . . link for the rest of the email address. This is a spam avoidance thing.)

18 comments:

  1. I say "die-uh." It's never occurred to me to say anything else... ?

    I live in the UK but am going home for the holidays to New York, so would be super excited to be able to get a free package of Daiya to try out while I'm there!

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  2. Daiya is the best vegan cheese i have ever had! Yes please!

    I have never heard of Khichari (hope i spelled it right) and it sounds delicious! Looks like something i would enjoy making.

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  3. I found out I've been saying it wrong the whole time (DIE-uh), but who cares- that stuff is SO TASTY!

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  4. oh, your kitcheree looks incredible. It's one of my most favorite foods of all time. Thick and hearty and filling, but easy to digest... Mmmmm.

    By the way, I say it wrong just like everyone, die-uh. Oh well... I try to avoid actually ever saying it outloud. :)

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  5. I concur on the "die-uh" pronunciation. Oh well :) I just found it being sold in my town (Wichita, KS) finally...I've had to order it online for months now. I had even suggested the regular health store I buy from stock it, to no avail. Turns out the "cooler" one across town got Daiya in (and I say "cooler" b/c of this!!).
    Jes

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  6. Hmmm, I say Die-yuh and I love that stuff (mostly for nachos). You have more luck than me! I e-mailed them awhile back asking if they gave out coupons and they said no! Well done!

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  7. I used to say Die-yuh, but then I saw on their Web site that it's Day-yah

    rebeccastar at gmail dot com

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  8. I started out saying Day-Uh, then started saying DIE-uh, but am trying to switch back to DAY-uh after someone said the other way made them think of "diarrhea." :(

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  9. I want the Dayia cheese! I used to tie dye shirts as a kid...does that counnt?

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  10. I've never tried Daiya cheese because other vegan cheese has made me want to die...ya. Prove me wrong, special product. Prove me wrong!

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  11. I call it die-uh. I learned that that's wrong, but it's too ingrained to change now.
    I really want that khichari. I bet it would be great with some cauliflower added.

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  12. DAiya! Woohoo! Great stuff. Dah-ee-yah!!

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  13. I pronounce it DYE-A! Mmm! I hope I win so that I can make more vegan mac n cheese!

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  14. I guess my temptation is to mispronounce it as DIE-a. Oops.

    I have died shirts many a time with tie-dye and once with natural tea. Fun.

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  15. I really want to make khichari now! I find dahl is such a comfort food I can imagine that is even better!

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  16. A day late (so what else is new) but I had to chime in and say your khichari looks amazing. I may have to go dig up that book because mine never looks that good.

    Oh and even though I am too late for the give away I say Day-uh

    Nicole (SuzyHB)

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