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Muga God Khichdi (Sweet Lentil Rice)

A Sankranti special sweet rice with lentils.

Mung Dal/Split Green Gram - 1/2 cup
Raw Rice - 1 cup
Grated Coconut (fresh or frozen) - about 3/4 cup
Jaggery or Brown Sugar - about 1/2 cup
Cashews - 10
Green Cardamom/Elaichi - 5 pods
Ghee/Clarified Butter

1. Heat about 2 tbsp ghee in a heavy bottom pan.  Add mung dal (or whole mung bean with skin) and roast at low flame.  Saute till mung dal turns aromatic, about 5 minutes.  Save it for later.
2. Heat about 2 tbsp ghee in the same pan and add rice.  (I used Basmati, you can use your favourite variety of rice.)  Saute till rice turns fragrant, about 5 minutes.
3. In the same vessel, to the roasted rice, add roasted mung dal and 4 - 5 cups water.  Cook till both rice and mung dal turn soft.  Add more water if required.
4. When both rice and dal get cooked, add coconut, brown sugar, ground cardamom and cashew pieces.  Cook at low flame till all the ingredients are mixed well.  Turn off the heat and garnish with fried nuts.
5. Enjoy sweet Muga Dali Khichdi with a dollop of ghee.


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