A kedgeree made of rice, lentils and vegetables (optional), it is comfort, health, warmth and nostalgia in a bowl.
Place the vessel on low flame and allow it to heat well. Lightly roast the lentil until they give out a mild fragrance and are light brown in colour. You need to keep a close eye on the lentil or they will be toasted instead of mildly roasted!
Remove from the vessel, allow to cool, wash and set aside. Wash the rice and set aside.
Add the cumin, bay leaves, dried red chilli and sauté till they crackle. Pour in the water and quickly cover to trap the fragrance.
Allow it to come to a boil again and then add all the vegetables and seasoning.
Cook till the rice, lentils and vegetables are cooked well. Sprinkle some sugar, mix and the khichuri is ready to be served.