Quick Fix Khichdi Recipes For The Winter
This article is authored by Dr. Shweta Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.
Khichdi is a nutritious and wonderfully balanced dish comprising of lentils, rice and vegetables. The fortifying combination of lentils and rice brings a sense of warmth, comfort and cheerfulness, especially during the cold winter months. Cooked well, khichdi can be amazingly tasty, especially when you add a host of vegetables and experiment with various spices and herbs. In fact, this humble recipe has been getting radical makeovers, with new options such as – multigrain khichdi, egg khichdi, oats khichdi, palak khichdi, daliya khichdi and scores more becoming rather famous!
Khichdi is perfect for the winters to help boost and reinforce your immune system and monitor your weight during the holiday season! In fact, these recipes could be the next new staples in your kitchen. They provide fewer carbs, loads of fibre and liberal amounts of protein. When buying lentils, always select those that are unpolished such as Tata Sampann. These dals are unpolished and undergo stringent quality checks to ensure optimal quality.
3 winter khichdi recipes – traditional, instant, and nutritious!
Fada ni khichdi: Mouth-watering, comforting, and easy to cook, fada or daliya or broken wheat khichdi is nutrient-packed and satisfying. Daliya, moong dal and diverse vegetables such as peas, carrots and potatoes enhance the taste and texture of this wholesome dish. Broken wheat is rich in fibre, low in calories and full of nutrients. It also helps reduce cholesterol levels as well as keep the blood sugar level stable. The grains and lentils remain soft and absorb all of the delicious. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve hot with kadhi.
Shahi khichdi: Rouse your senses and kindle your taste buds with a roller-coaster of robust flavours from this rather regal khichdi. An amalgamation of rice, toor dal, masoor dal, various vegetables, ginger and garlic give it a rich aroma. Uplift this khichdi to the next level by adding a smidge of shahi biryani masala! Generously garnish with raisins and toasted nuts for a ‘shahi’ flair! This aromatic protein delight is the ideal tonic when you’re feeling glum.
Methi oats khichdi: Fibre-loaded, oats keep you full and satisfied for longer. This nutritious one pot meal integrates moong dal, oats and methi leaves with delectable, irresistible aroma. Play with the spices – cumin, fennel, cloves, mustard and cardamom to add your own touch to this khichdi! You could also add a dash of creamy coconut milk which will give the dish a very distinct taste.
Top your khichdi with gooey melted ghee and pair it with sharp accompaniments, such as kadhi, raita, curry, pickle, papad and chutney. The most unassuming of dishes, the khichdi has always proffered high-quality everyday sumptuousness!
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