Tell us a more comforting Indian food than a bowlful of Khichdi, I’ll wait. Because honestly each time I feel unwell or just tired and lazy, a bowl of Khichdi with oodles of ghee on top makes it all better. And not just me, as many people as I’ve discussed it with, I realised how it comforts many. There is something so soothing about khichdi that it continues to be a comfort meal of all times for a lot of us. Did you know that the name Khichdi was derived from the Ayurvedic word ‘Khicca’, it basically means a dish that is made with rice and legumes. Not only that, this one-pot rice and lentil dish is a quick and easy one to prepare, making it a savior on days when you just don’t want to cook anything elaborate. 

A basic khichdi recipe involves washed and soaked rice and lentils cooked with a combination of spices and herbs including cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns and cumin seeds. One can always add veggies and spices of their choice too. Once cooked it is topped with ghee tempering. Many people also add a handful of onion for a slight crunch.  

Despite it being wholesome, quick and easy, a lot of people think of it as boring and bland, simply because it doesn’t have robust spices and herbs like other rich Indian delicacies. If you are one of those, we are here to introduce you to a variety of Khichdi recipes that you might not know of. 

1. Moong Dal Khichdi 

One of the most popular kinds of Khichdi, Moong Dal Khichdi is brimming with protein and packs-in delicious flavours of cumin seeds, asafoetida and turmeric. You can always top it with a tadka of your choice.  

2. Tarkari Khichdi 

A medley of veggies, Tarkari Khichdi is what combines the goodness of veggies and flavor of spices. With the nutrition of cauliflower, potatoes and brinjal along with mouth-watering flavours of spices such as chilli powder, turmeric and garam masala, Tarkari Khichdi has our heart. 

3. Sabudana Khichdi 

Sabudana are tiny translucent droplet-like balls that are extracted from tapioca roots. These are popular during the season of Navratri as these are vrat-friendly and are consumed in various forms. Khichdi is one of the most popular dishes made with sabudana. 

4. Methi Khichdi 

Protein-rich, low-calorie moong dal combined with the goodness of methi leaves makes for fulfilling meal that you can’t say no to.