New Age Khichdi Ideas

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
17 February 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.

Called the ‘soul food’ of India, the khichdi is a majestic mix of lentils, rice and vegetables. It works wonderfully well as a one-pot meal for hectic and lazy days. It’s the best comfort food - packed with all the right nutrition. A piping hot bowl of khichdi with kadhi or a raita is an absolute winner! The protein in dals, the nutrient-dense rice, along with the flavour-packed vegetables, all come together beautifully.

A savoury porridge - the khichdi is nourishing, fortifying, refreshing and well balanced. It is subtly aromatic and full of taste. Traditionally, lentils, rice and a medley of spices and condiments are used to make this. However, the dish is super versatile and you shouldn’t hesitate to experiment.

There are a host of modern, innovative khichdi ideas that put an amazing spin on the traditional recipe and add toothsome flavours! You could try out brown rice, dalia (or broken wheat) or even any of the other indian millets – all rich in powerful nutrients. Play with the dals – toor, moong, urad, masoor, rajma, and chana. Throw in a multitude of vegetables – carrots, tomatoes, peas, potatoes, cauliflower and asparagus to augment taste as well as to give the dish oodles of visual appeal. Experiment with different spices – cumin, coriander, mustard, turmeric, and curry leaves. Each version will turn out scrumptious and wholesome!

Smash it with these 3 designer khichdis!

Spinach khichdi

Spinach khichdi

This one is a delicious and unique variation that is super healthy, balanced and vibrant looking! It’s the perfect way to get the all-important and somewhat neglected leafy greens into your diet in the speediest and easiest way possible. It is a beautiful amalgamation of rice and moong dal, with a generous dose of spinach! Rice gives you instant energy and adds a whole range of vitamins. Moong dal is a robust lentil which provides a liberal amount of proteins. Loaded with vitamins A and K, paalak energizes, cleanses and makes our system alkaline. An ideal balance of carbohydrate and protein, along with the goodness of spinach, this recipe is a downright wholesome meal. Serve with cucumber raita.

Panchkuti Khichdi

Panchkuti Khichdi

A delectable combination of whole green moong, moong dal, masoor dal, toor dal and chana dal, this khichdi is a complete protein powerhouse. The 5 lentils in combination with rice and other herbs elevate your meal to a whole new powerful level! The dals bring in a wealth of nutrition and the spices and herbs make the meal absolutely delightful. Garnish with fried cashews and serve hot with raita and papad.

Bajra and Moong Khichdi

Bajra and Moong Khichdi

Bajra or millet has high amounts of fibre and is exceedingly satiating. Bajra and moong dal, along with the quintessential Indian spices, make this khichdi a champion! Bajra provides fibre, calcium, vitamin B complex and vitamin C. You could also toss in a few vegetables of your liking and you have a complete meal. Top with a spoonful of ghee and serve hot with kadhi.

These are fabulous khichdi ideas that you should try this winter! Choose unprocessed and naturally-rich ingredients from the Tata Sampann range while you make this one-pot wonder. Whichever way you prepare it, khichdi’s the comfort and taste of the dish is unrivalled.


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