Indian Khichadi 🥕🥕

Khichadi is the epitome of Indian home cooking. Khichadi is a belly and detox spa! This humble looking dish not only conjures up...

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Indian khichadi – rice and lentil comfort food, also known as khichdi or khichuri, is used when someone is feeling uncomfortable with their stomach and intestines or to get digestion going again. It is a traditional recipe in Indian cuisine and is eaten throughout India.

Dal Khichadi is an easy stew made with rice and moong lentils that can be cooked in under 30 minutes. Many people refer to khichadi as food for babies and sick people because it can be very bland in taste. But a well-made and balanced flavored khichadi is very tasty, high in protein, healthy and nutritious. Served with ghee (if not vegan) and pickles to spice it up even more.

Khichadi – Rice and Lentil Comfort Food -Moong Dal

Khichadi – Rice and Lentil Comfort Food -Moong Dal

Khichadi – Moongdal and Rice

The name of the dish Khichadi derives from the Sanskrit term „Khicca“, which means something like: from rice & legumes. The most common lentil used to make khichadi is moond dal .
According to Ayurveda, Moong Dal can naturally help to detoxify the body naturally. Mung Dal is considered a light, nutritious, high-protein and easily digestible lentil.
Indian khichadi is also given to babies as the first food, sick people are given to recover during and after an illness and it is also regularly consumed by normal people for breakfast anyway.

As such, khichadi is not native to any regional cuisine in India and is thus made in many different variations. The easiest way to prepare dal khichadi is to boil rice and lentils with salt until they have a mushy texture. Then sprinkled with some ghee and served hot. Of course, this sounds a bit boring and bland, so to the base, of rice and moong dal, of Ayurvedic khichadi, cumin, turmeric, ginger, salt and other various ingredients or spices are added. Vegetables can also be used optionally based on body type.

Our simple Indian khichadi recipe is super tasty and quick to prepare. For this reason, khichadi – rice and lentil comfort foods often make it for breakfast or dinner. This usually includes lassi and mango pickles .

Khichadi – Rice and Lentil Comfort Food -Moong Dal

Khichadi – Rice and Lentil Comfort Food – Moong Dal

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Khichadi – Rice and lentil porridge

Khichadi is the epitome of Indian home cooking. Khichadi is a belly and detox spa! This humble looking dish not only conjures up...
5 from 2 votes
Vorbereitungszeit 5 Min.
Zubereitungszeit 25 Min.
Arbeitszeit 30 Min.
Gericht ayurvedic, Breakfast & Brunch, garnish, healthy recipes, main dish, vegetable recipes
Land & Region India
Portionen 4 portions
Kalorien 462 kcal


Topping / side dish:


  • Mix mung beans and rice. Wash both well.
  • Cook the bean-rice mixture with 3x as much water until soft. The rice and beans need to cook to a soft, mashed consistency.
  • Wash and chop the chili.
  • Meanwhile, heat the vegetable oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds to the hot oil until they crackle. Then add asafoetida, cumin and the chopped green chilies. Fry for about half a minute, then pepper and set aside.
  • Add salt to the soft-boiled bean and rice mixture. Mix well.
  • Now add the spice mix from the skillet to the rice and mix until everything is a uniform yellow color.
  • Add more water if needed to get the right mushy consistency. Boil once and remove from the stove.
  • Serve with cilantro and mango pickles. If it doesn't have to be vegan, you can drizzle a good tablespoon of ghee over the khichadi to serve.

Nutrition Label

Serving: 1portCalories: 462kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 15gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6g
Keyword ayurvedic, Indian, lenses, rice
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