I love khichdi so much that I almost convert many recipes into khichdi. If you don’t know what Khichdi is let me introduce it. Khichdi or Khichuṛī is a dish in South Asian cuisine made of rice and lentils, but other variations include bajra and mung dal kichri. In Indian culture, in several regions, especially in the northern areas, it is considered one of the first solid foods that babies eat. Some of us may debate whether Khichdi is healthy or not…
As a steady powerhouse of carbohydrates, calcium, vitamins, and several other antioxidants, khichdi is considered to be a wholesome meal that is also comforting. Simmered till mushy, seasoned with a dash of turmeric and salt, and topped with ghee, khichdi can make for an ideal meal.
Below is the plain Khichdi recipe video instructions
Another question I get all the time is, Is Khichdi good for weight loss?
The traditional khichdi is made using moong dal, which is a rich source of protein and fibre and helps in keeping you fuller for longer. The basic khichdi is made using some rice, dal and mild spices. It is the perfect way of eating more proteins and balanced carbs to aid your weight loss. moong dal
These two factors make moong dal an effective option for weight loss.” Here is a round-up of factors that make moong dal an ultimate weight-loss-friendly ingredient for the delicious khichdi. High in proteins– Moong bean has 24 grams of proteins per 100 grams.
Masala Khichdi is a popular variation. Below is the video instructions
In India, One of the first foods an infant is introduced to while being weaned off mother’s milk is khichdi. That itself explains why Khichdi is often called a complete food. The combination of rice and lentils ensures availability of all essential amino acids.
Is Khichdi good for diabetes?
While Khichdi is traditionally cooked mixing rice and moong dal into a porridge consistency, the rice is now being replaced with broken wheat, millets, quinoa, barley, bajra, jowar etc, especially for those suffering from diabetes mellitus.
Khichdi is such a comfort food, quick and easy to make, anytime, I don’t get idea what to cook, I just go ahead and make khichdi. Throw everything into my pressure cooker and it is so much simple..
Sometimes, I elaborate and make different khichdis
Another thing associated with khichdi is that it is traditionally served with Ghee. So I still eat with ghee….Is ghee good to lose weight?
Since ghee is rich in omega 3 fats (DHA) and omega 6 (CLA), it can be great for weight loss. Omega 6 fats have shown to increase the lean body mass while reducing the fat mass. Experts have also found that ghee helps in mobilizing fat cells to be burnt for energy.
I grew up eating khichdi and has never felt any issue with it. In fact, when I was in school, I used to eat khichdi in a very early morning. I remember my mother making the khichdi around 5 o’clock in the morning and I would eat it around 6:00am…before leaving the house. I always had it loaded with ghee and pickle…OMG my mouth is watering!!!
Below are all the videos to make it easier for you to pick your favorite Khichdi recipe for today