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Dal Khichdi: A Complete Comfort Food

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
21 November 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

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A classic dish, the dal khichdiisdefinitely our quintessential go-to meal when we feel blue and could do with a giant hug! It is your grandma’s comfort food! Reminiscing and comfort food go hand in handand it’s absolutely no surprise that the dal khichdi is bound to take you backto your childhood, feeling warm, snug and safe.

There’s nothing better than to dig in toa hearty and comforting bowl of dal khichdi on a cold, winter day. This dish has stood the test of time and still providesimmense comfort to this day. It is one of the most nutritious comfort foods that we have. Let’s take a trip down memory lane with this scrumptious dal khichdi recipe!

The Dal Khichdi recipe – the king of comfort food!

Thispiping hotlentil-rice dish is created with fragrant basmati rice, diverse dals, vegetables and spice. It is often served with raita, pickle and papad.

You can experiment with a whole bunch of dals, either singly or in a preferred combination. Opt from moong dal, masoor dal, and toor dal. To make dal khichdi easily, you can also useTata Sampann 6-Grain Khichdi Mix. This mix contains the goodness of 6super grains – rice, unpolished chilka split moong dal, ragi, amaranth, bajra and jowar. These lentilsare a fantastic plant-based source of protein that significantly enhance your nutrition and health. Loaded with protein and fibre, lentilshave hardly any fat and provide a truck load of goodness.They keep you feeling fuller for a protracted period of time and make sure you do not reach out for a bag of chips or a packet of cookies! They protect your heart and bring down cholesterol levels. They facilitate good weight loss, the healthy way.

Integrated with rice, lentils provide complete, wholesome nourishment. Don’t forget tosauté the dals before you pressure cook them; that infusesa strong aroma and flavor into the khichdi. Also, including a generous amount of ghee. It is ghee that makes the khichdi so veryappetizing and comforting!

The tadka is very crucial for the dal khichdi. The ginger, garlic, onions, tomato, curry leaves, and garam masala - make your khichdi more delicious! Methi seeds, hingturmeric, chili powder, cumin and mustard seeds spice up the rice, lentils, and veggies. You could go with veggies such as green peas, potatoes, cauliflower - feel free to incorporate whatever vegetables you have on hand.Garnish with some coriander leaves and you’ve got yourself a fabulous meal.

Truly, what can be more comforting than a big helping of steaming dal khichdi, with a dollop of ghee on top and a side of raita and papad? Furthermore, you can dig in, guilt-free.So, go ahead and include this wonderful dish into your menu plan for the week!



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