Like Americans cherish Chicken Soup, Indians cherish Khichdi. It is the most eaten food in India, especially when someone in the family is sick or going through indigestion. But apart from it being a sick people delicacy, it is also considered to be a comfort food when we don’t really want to cook something which would take much time. Plus, there are times when we don’t want to eat anything heavy. At such times, khichdi comes to us as a real saviour.
Khichdi typically consists of rice, moong dal and salt. A simple khichdi can make your mouths water by just adding a sizzle of Desi Ghee in it. All these ingredients altogether help heal and ease our digestive systems. Many people cook khichdi with many variations to make it tasty for children. Different parts of India cook khichdi in different ways, but it has the same numerous benefits for our overall health.
1. It’s a wholesome meal
Khichdi is a perfect blend of carbohydrates and protein. You don’t need to have anything apart from it to fulfil your protein and carbs requirements. It is packed with all the essential amino acids making it a complete food. When freshly cooked Khichdi is had with a little amount of ghee, it gives you the right amount of micro-nutrients, carbohydrates and proteins. You can add veggies to the Khichdi to increase its nutritional value further. And you have the complete meal ready on your dinner table.
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2. Good for people who are allergic to gluten
If you’re suffering from allergy to gluten then this is the perfect food for you. When you’re sensitive to gluten you cannot consume certain grains namely wheat, rye and barley. So to meet your carbohydrate requirement you can have khichdi as a meal.
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3. Helps in balancing the Doshas
Khichdi is one of those Indian delicacies which can be consumed at any time of the day. It is known for its ability to detoxify your body and balance the three Doshas in the body viz. Vatta, Pitta and Kapha. It is considered to be the essential food of an Ayurvedic Diet because of its relaxing effect on our digestive system.
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4. Easy to digest
People who have poor digestive power or those who are suffering from digestive issues can have Khichdi as their meal. When eaten with curd, it has a calming effect on our bowel. It is perfect for kids and elderly people who have a much sensitive digestive system. It is a hearty meal packed with nutrients and is easy to digest for people of all age groups. People who have a slow metabolism and poor digestion should shake hands with Khichdi.