As kids, we used to enjoy a porridge made by my grandmother. It was called "khankhre ki khichdi". She used sun- dried chapatis (called khankhra in the local language) and a mixture of veggies to create this tasty dish. We usually had this one in dinner as it tastes best when served piping hot.
- Tomato-1, chopped
- Onion-1 small, chopped
- Green chilly- 1, small, finely chopped (add more for a spicier option)
- Oil- 7 ml (1 &1/2 spoon)
- Rai (mustard seeds)- 1/4 tsp
- Haldi (Turmeric powder)-1/4 tsp
- Lal mirch (red chilly powder)-1/4 tsp
- Dhaniya powder (coriander seeds powder)- 1 heaped tsp
- Salt to taste or 1/4 tsp
- Tear the chapatis into bite size pieces. Keep aside.
- Heat oil in a fry pan or a small wok. Add mustard seeds.
- When the seeds begin to pop, add onions and cook till they are translucent.
- Add the tomatoes, green chilies and the remaining spices in that order. Mix them well.
- Let it cook on a medium flame, till you see the oil on the sides. Stir in between, it should not stick to the bottom of the pan. Add water if required.
- Add the pieces of chapati. Turn and mix so that all pieces are properly coated with the spice mixture.
- You can add a little water if you feel that its turning out to be too dry. I did not add any as my porridge was moist enough for my taste.
These sun-dried chapatis came from the leftover chapati of the household. After drying they were collected in a box till we had enough to make this porridge. This simple dish was a specialty of the household. We all loved it!
Since the climate where I live, is humid during the better part of the year, I can’t manage to have sun-dried chapati. To overcome this, I just skipped this step and made my own chapati porridge from the memories of the taste. It’s a great way to enjoy leftovers, as it creates a whole new dish.
Chapati porridge/roti poha
Note: You might add other vegetables like beans, potatoes, carrots, peas etc.
Note: You can add boiled potatoes (mash them with back of the ladle/spoon) and water to have thickened gravy in the porridge