March 10, 2008

TURKISH IBRIK, MASOOR DAL KHICHDI

Turkish Ibrik is my "Show us your Metal" entry to Jai and Bee of "Jugalbandi" blog's "Click" event with the theme of "Metal" this February. My thanks to all the judges this month and JaiBee too!:)


About Ibrik:
Ibrik is long handled Turkish coffee pot which is traditionally used to brew coffee in Turkey. It was originally used to make coffee on hot desert sand but can be used on stove top too. It comes in different sizes, from 1 cup like this pot to large capacity as well. Ibriks are made of copper, brass and stainless steel. This particular genuine Ibrik from Istanbul is a gift from somebody. I tried making coffee once in this pot and now it sits pretty on my fireplace mantle! You can buy the modern Ibriks here and how to make Turkish coffee in Ibrik is here.

Turkish Ibrik, my entry to "Click" Metal:

Turkish Ibrik1
Camera used:
Cannon PowerShot SD 600
Digital ELPH

Another look:

TI

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Masoor dal Khichdi,
cooked in the Microwave is my entry to "Microwave easy cooking" which is hosted by Srivalli of "Cooking 4 all seasons" with a theme of "Rice dishes" this month. Thanks for hosting Sri!:))



About Khichdi:
WIKI says "Khichdi literally means mish-mash or hodge-podge mixture, is an Indian dish that contains a combination of rice,one or more lentils and spices. Khichdi is commonly considered to be a North, East, West India's comfort food served with Kadhi and was the inspiration for the Anglo-Indian dish called kedgeree".
In southern part of India, we make a somewhat similar dish called BisiBele Bhath or Sambhar Rice which has even more and different ingredients than this dish and is our own style comfort "Khichdi" of the south! :)

Microwave Masoor dal Khichdi:
Khichdi is a mixture of rice and various dals cooked with flavorful spices, usually it's thinner and wetter than the usual Pulao or Biryani. Cooking Khichdi in MW is relatively easy since it's a one pot dish. Every MW is of different power strength, so you will have to make that judgment for how long to cook and how much water to add to the rice and dal mix, so it cooks evenly until soft.Adjust the spices to your taste. This is how I made it.


To make the Khichdi in the Microwave:
You need:
1 cup long grain rice, 1/2 cup Masoor dal (red lentils) washed and drained, 1/2 cup 1/2" cubed Carrots, salt, 2 cups or more water and 1/4 cup Tomato sauce or 2 tbsp Tomato puree, more or less according to your liking.
(You may soak rice in 2 cups of water for 15 mins before adding this to the MW bowl if you like)
Season:
1 tbsp oil, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 2 tsp finely grated or ground ginger.
Spice powders:
1 tbsp Coriander seeds pd, 1 tsp Cumin seeds pd, 1/2 tsp Garam masala, 1/2 tsp or more Kashmiri chilli powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder.
Garnish:
1 tbsp chopped Cilantro, 1 tsp Ghee, cucumber slices or cucumber Raita.
How to make:
1. Take a glass bowl, big enough to hold 4 cups of liquid. Add oil, microwave for 1 min on high.
2. Now, add all the seasoning ingredients, cover and heat for 30 seconds or more until ginger gets reddish color. Open and add spice powders, mix well.
3. Add rice, lentils, Carrots, water and cook without covering the bowl for 6-8 mins on high/100% power. Make sure rice and lentils are almost cooked before adding tomato. Cook for few more mins if not done, adding more water if necessary.
4. Pour in the tomato sauce, salt, mix well. Cover the bowl with the plate this time and cook at 50% power for 4 or more mins until everything is completely cooked and still little wet in texture, not very dry.
5. Take the bowl out, adjust the salt and heat. Add in cilantro, mix the Khichdi well.
Serve with Cucumber slices or Raita and a tsp of ghee added on top. You can serve this with Pickle, papad, or plain yogurt too. Tastes better after few hrs but tends to get a bit drier as it cools. Enjoy!:)

Arusuvai next!:)

72 comments:

Nags said...

that is one interesting 'metal' piece :)

Saswati said...

hi... the photograph looks cool and as for the nutritious khichdi,it looks ready to pounce on.

Asha said...

I know Nags, I didn't know about Ibrik either.Isn't it that cool to make coffee on hot desert sand?:)

Thanks Saswati. Khichdi ia always yummy and quick to make too!:)

sunita said...

Asha, in love the look of that Ibrik...and yes, you've captured it very well :-)

...the khichdi looks very comforting.

sowmya said...

Thats a lovely click..very interesting
I liked the khichdi too...

Srivalli said...

wow..thats a cool metal!...and thanks for the lovely rice dish..it looks really so yummy..looking fwd to your arusuvai post!

Asha said...

Thank you Sunita. That shiny surface of Ibrik reflects a lot, so it was quite a circus to capture!:D

I thought Ibrik would make a Metal click Sowmya, something new to learn!:)

Asha said...

Glad you liked my MW rice entry Sri!
I just got Arusuvai pack on Saturday, will make something today to post on Friday!:)

bee said...

wow. love it. it's so gorgeous. who cares if one makes coffee in it or not? one can use it just to jazz up the kitchen.

TBC said...

That is a lovely *CLICK*, Asha.:-)
Again, I learnt something here today!

Asha said...

Thanks Bee!:))
It's too small to make coffee anyway, fits about 3/4 cup of liquid. Looks great for display though!:D

tbc, it's always great to earn about new things, that's why I love blogging. It's like Pandora's box!:)

Happy cook said...

Wow it is beautiful. I have never heard or seen something like this.
Love ths picture

Asha said...

F, glad you liked it. It was unfamiliar to me too until Arvind brought it home with some Turkish coffee powder. I had to google to see how to use it!:D

Dhivya said...

wow!interesting metal piecelove the kichadi:)

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha,
the picture looks cool.masoor dal khichdi looks delicious.

shalini

Pooja V said...

Your Ibrik looks stunning. Khichadi is my fav and i loved ur version too.

Asha said...

Thanks Dhivya and Shalini.
I am glad I posted Ibrik. I was thinking of some spoons and a plate for metal Click at first!:D

Uma said...

The picture was a great entry for the click metal event, Asha! Love the color of the kichidi. Yummy!

Namratha said...

The Ibrik is fabulous Asha, wonderful click! I am not a fan of microwave cooking, but the daal looks yummy!

Vanamala said...

Hi Asha

Beautiful photo for the CLICK.
Kichidi is superb..new recipe :)

BTW asha i saw capsicum karwar subzi. you dont need to fry the ground paste. Thank you so much to tried my recipes :) glad to liked it.

Cham said...

The metal is definetly a conversation piece ... very interesting...
The khichdi looks so yum :)

Asha said...

Thanks Pooja. I make this quick Khichdi whenever I don't have any leftover for my weekday lunch!:)

Uma, thanks. Hope you try!:)

TheCooker said...

What a lovely coffee pot. How did the coffee turn out?

Asha said...

TC, since this pot is not used well enough, you will get a metallic taste but if you use everyday, it will make a wonderful cuppa like any other coffee pot!:)
I think stainless pot would probably be best to use. This is very old traditional way of making coffee, got to get used to the brass and copper taste!

Suganya said...

I thought it was a mini hookah ;)

sra said...

Hey, nice, I like both photos, the second one better than the first.

Asha said...

Nams, I understand. It's not easy at all to cook in the MW, I did this dish only for Sri's event. Otherwise, it's always stove top for me or oven for me! :)
It's specially hard to do the tadka in the MW!

Thank you for the reply too Vanamala! Loved the subzi! :)

Cham that's so true! Looking at it, you immediately think "what's that?" if you have never seen it before!:D

Asha said...

LOL! Suganya, it does look like Hookah girl!!!!

sra, I thought so too, it was reflecting the light too much but too late now. I already sent the first one to her!:P

Laavanya said...

Beautiful picture and what a unique, interesting dish.
That khicidi looks so warm and tomatoey.. :)

Mansi Desai said...

That Ibrik looks like a hookah:) thanks for enhancing my knowledge:)

now pls send a cup of coffee too!!

AnuSriram said...

Turkish Ibrik! Gr8 click! Looks wonderful and different...
Khichadi in microwave that too with dal? - Nice one.. I don't do microwave cooking .... Looks tempting...

Asha said...

Thanks Laavanya, Mansi(just coffee pot isn't enough for you, huh?:D) and Anu!
Yes, it was to fun click that Ibrik, something unique and new thing too for most of us I am sure!:)

Meeta said...

First the food. The kichidi looks divine. YUM!

Now to the photo - it's fantastic. I love the look anf feel of it. Nice one Asha!

Asha said...

Ooh! Thank you so much Meeta. Coming from a great photographer like you, I feel so good! Glad you liked it!:))
I tried to get a good light for the first photo for hrs!!:D

KayKat said...

*wow*! That is the coolest coffee pot ever :)

And that khichdi looks delicious. Great pictures, Asha!

Asha said...

Thanks Kay. Smaller Ibrik like this one is not that practical to use everyday but looks cool, huh? :)

Richa said...

that coffee pot looks gorgeous!
i've a butter melter pot, lil bit like this, but not as pretty!
khichadi looks wholesome!

Asha said...

Richa, post it please, I would love to see the traditional ghee pot.I have a stainless steel one but my grandmother had a brass ghee server with a beautiful carved spoon! Love those!:))

Pooja said...

What a lovely "click " .
i just love both pics the first one little more.
Next Vow is what we discussed. Post it if you can easily. and enjoy the vacation on my behalf too :) .
MEC is rice this month ? i dint know that, i am going to send one yummy dish to Srivalli then .
Its alwasy nice to read your posts and this one is an addition to that.
Hugs to you .

Meera said...

Wow! That Ibrik is so cool. Didn't know about it. Wonderful entry for Click.

I too made masoor pullao in MW for the event. but it's little different. Yours looks delicious.

Asha said...

Pooja, thank you so much. I will post one dish as soon as possible here with that veg and then link to your announcement post when you do announce it with your logo.
Yeah, MW-rice is easier than other dishes to cook, have fun cooking. See you tomorrow. Good night!:)

Meera, more the better, post it. Massor dal is the easiest to cook in the MW, isn't it? Tastes great too. Can't wait to see your's!:))

musical said...

Beautiful work of art, Ashakka! The coffee pot and the pictures :).

And the khichadi is so yummy!

Shilpa said...

Beautiful picture of Ibrik Asha. Love it.

Roopa said...

great pic for the Click event asha:)

Seema said...

Thats a neat coffe pot! Loved it.. looks good & seeing one like that for the first time.
Kichidi looks yum, perfect for the weather....Cooking in MW great idea.. fast & easy too :-)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wow looks cool! Perfect entry for srivalli's event:)

Red Chillies said...

WOw, coffee in desert sand? This is totally new. I loved the first picture, is that chilli powder though?
Khichdi looks yummy as well.

Maya said...

Wonderful Click Asha..So unique with tht metal and the shot...Hadn't heard about Ibrik..Totally cool..Khichdi looks yummmmm...

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

wow!! Ibrik sakkattagide, Ashakka.... that container looks so good!!!

Sig said...

That is a nice piece of hardware you got there :) I love turkish coffee, never seen ibrik before!

Pravs said...

love masoor dal khichdi ! Nice pic for click. you got a good camera..pics are always good.

Lavi said...

wow..i loved the click of ibrik..looks so pretty..

Asha said...

Musie, Shilpa, Roopa and Seema, thank you girls. That Ibrik is really cute!:)

Asha said...

Thanks Raks, Maya, Ramya!:)

RC, it's Turkish coffee powder, I have just few tbsp of that left now!:D

Asha said...

Sig, Pravs, Lavi, thank you.

It's nice to learn about new things. You will be surprised we all have something like this or other in our homes if we look around and never thought of putting it in the blog!:)

easycrafts said...

wow...loved the shape of ibrik...kichadi looks delicious

Asha said...

Thank you EC, glad you liked it. My Ibrik has become very popular now!:D

Kalai said...

Love the ibrik! Have never seen it before. Khichdi looks delicious, too! :)

Sia said...

never seen ibrik till date. that is really pretty to look at. have u ever used it inbrewing the coffee?
and that kichidi is making me sooooooooo hungry!!! i had very light lunch today and cant wait to get back to home and eat something before i die of hunger;) been busy with office work. i had my lunch on my desk!!! donno when i can get back to home.
u have a wonderful day ashakka:) see ya later...

Asha said...

Thanks Kalai, glad I posted that Ibrik here! Hope you try the Khichdi!:)

Sia, I did use that Ibrik once. It's very small, just holds about one cup. But now looks pretty on the mantle!;D
If you use equal amount of dal and rice, Khichdi is a great diet food too, make it. It tastes better next day, so make it for 4 people at once and chill it!:)
I have been cleaning the kitchen since morning. It's almost 1pm, just had yogurt, rice, pickle and khara chutney, didn't have anything else to eat!:P

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Hello Asha
I am visiting Aroma after a long time and have enjoyed myself sitting back and reading on so many posts I had missed..Wonder how you handle both the blogs so well..
The Ibrik is a new thing to me though I've had turkish coffee before..The khichadi looks nice too :)
Did you get my mail?

A Cook @ Heart said...

Ibrik! Sounds so...exotic!! It is a wonderful piece of metal!!

Loved the masoor khichadi..I hve just started using masoor and liking it!
Thanx for the recipe!

Rachna said...

cooooooool Ibrik!!! love it.... unique click entry :)

Asha said...

Thanks Swati, Manasi and Rachna. That is a cool metal, not very practical but a nice show piece!:)

Swati, I haven't checked my mails since Monday, been very busy. I will tomorrow!:)

Rachel said...

Heavenly kichdi there!

And i love the shot of the ibrik...nice entry!

Seena said...

I don't why I can't see the updates in the blog directory , "connect" even after I cleared the cache..!
That metal piece is really interesting, haven't heard of it..
Ok, Now, give me a spoon and let me eat that rice with some pickle.. oh yumm..
am waiting for tomorrow, will get mother's preparation like pickles, fried fish, beef.. yumm.. :D

Asha said...

Thank you both Rachel and Seena.

Blogger is giving trouble since Monday, so I am not surprised Seena. I had to load the same photos like 10 times, it's frustrating but got to deal with it!:)

Archana, mama of twins said...

asha,

the kichidi sounds good and cool coffee pot. :)

Asha said...

Thanks Archana. Ibrik is a nice little gadget to use!:))

Purnima said...

Wow..how did i miss out on this one? Beautiful metal..and wonderful for 'CLICK'!! Amazinggggggg!

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

I LOVE the Turkish Ibrik Asha...how interesting this is!! And a coffee maker at that...wow!! Lovely khichdi too...mine never looks that appetizing!

Asha said...

Isn't that cute Deeba! I thought I will display that for Metal Click!:)

MW Khichdi is little liquidy than the stove top, tastes great, hope you try!