Khichdi - The Real Superhero in a Lock-down!
Khichdi is India’s version of culinary comfort and our superhero in these uncertain times as not only does it need minimal ingredients but it is also – healthy, nutritious, quick and easy to make, and light on the stomach
There are as many recipes for khichdi in India as there are households with the basic ingredients being lentils and rice. While in West Bengal Khichdi is relished with an assorted fried fish and vegetables platter; in Garvi Gujarat it is served with Kadhi (a yoghurt-based curry)
Let’s see what makes the humble Khichdi a must-have in Indian households (alike the chicken soup in Western households) –
It’s the perfect blend of carbohydrates and protein (rice and lentils respectively); along with macronutrients, complex carbs and fat (ghee); with added fibre, vitamins and minerals provided by veggies
Ayurveda vouches for Khichdi being one of the most healing meals by virtue of it being tri-doshic i.e. it balances all the three doshas - Vatta, Pitta and Kapha. Hence consuming plain khichdi for five-consecutive-days is purported to cleanse the system and strengthen the memory
Easy to Digest
Khichdi eases digestion and assimilation; besides healing the intestinal wall - and is recommended by doctors during illness for fast recovery
Khichdi is the perfect meal for people suffering from gluten sensitivity/celiac disease; or who wish to opt for gluten-free as a lifestyle change
Detoxifies Your Body
Khichdi is the food of choice of Panchakarma (Ayurveda’s deepest detox retreat) – while white rice is easily digestible; the lentils provide the protein to keep the blood sugar stable and burn fat
So go ahead and enjoy your Khichdi!