Khichdi has always been this debated vegetarian dish – people either love it or hate it. The lovers love it despite (and some for) its simplicity and haters hate it cause… I’ve heard innumerable reasons that I’d rather not mention. I have some of those haters in my house and I took it as a challenge to change their opinion of this protein rich Veggie delight, and I won! For those who wanna know how –the secret is that you can stretch your creativity farther than simply combining Dal and Rice together. I’m going to let you in on many variations that I’ve tried and tested and each of them taste better than the other!
When and why should I try Khichdi you ask? Ayurvedically speaking, Moong Dal Khichi is recommended as a part of detox diet for balancing the three doshas (Pitta, Kapha and Vata), and that’s how it’s popularly been known as the “recovering from illness diet”. This one pot comfort meal can also serve its purpose during chilly winters. It is a major life savior when you plan to travel or just returned from a tediously long journey – it’s a filling dish that hardly takes any time to make. Also, amateur cooks/students living on their own can impress the crowd with any of these recipes -trust me it’s harder to ruin this dish! That said, it’s a lazy man’s/working woman’s secret kitchen room weapon. And guess what.. If you have 5 more minutes to spare, you can pull something amazing out of Khichdi (like Veggie Masala Khichdi) using a only few extra ingredients.
A fan of Khichdi? You’re bound to love Bisi Bele Bath too, its spicy distant cousin!
PS: Best served HOT with a dallop of Ghee and Khadi (Gujrati Khadi)
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