Khichdi (also spelled Khichari or Khichri) is a simple dish that has the consistency of porridge. Did you know that it has been used since ancient Ayurvedic times to detox the body? In our culture, its a common food for the elderly or for babies because its so easy on the tummy. It is meant to be paired with Kadhi (a yogourt based curry), yogourt, or another curry. My kiddos love to eat it with just plain yogourt. It was one of the first foods that we fed Leanna and she still requests it at least once a week!
Khichdi is an excellent food for vegetarians too since it is made with mung beans. Mung beans are full of protein and fibre and a bunch of other vitamins and minerals. And as stated above, they help to detox the body by absorbing toxic residue from the intestinal walls.
Its simple enough to make Khichdi. My mom used to make it in a pressure cooker, but after a mishap with her not fastening the lid properly (which resulted in an explosion that required a kitchen reno), she started to just make it in a regular pot.
Khichdi is made with rice and split mung beans. The first step is to rinse the rice and beans. After that, you slowly boil the rice and beans in water until all of the water is absorbed. You will end up with a very mushy mixture. Just add some butter and mash it up to serve. Pretty easy!
The above photo is what your khichdi should look like before you mash it. Notice that all of the water is absorbed.
I hope you enjoy this recipe and I would love to hear from you in the comments below.