5 Surprising Health Benefits Of Eating Khichdi And How To Make It At Home

Khichdi is a highly nutritious and wholesome food. Check out its amazing health benefits. 

Navya Kharbanda
Written by: Navya KharbandaPublished at: Nov 22, 2017Updated at: Sep 14, 2021
5 Surprising Health Benefits Of Eating Khichdi And How To Make It At Home

If you are vegan, you can surely let khichdi be your substitute for chicken soup. Khichdi is made with a mixture of rice and a variety of lentils like green, yellow or red split lentils. It is considered as a very wholesome and comforting meal. With very light amount of spice in it, it can be eaten just as it is or with yogurt. 

Most of us have grown up eating khichdi when we are sick, so we tend to think of it as plain and boring. However, there are several health benefits of khichdi that make it a great meal to eat even when you are healthy and fine. Because of its simple composition, khichdi was not a very favored dish while growing up. Onlymyhealth editorial team spoke to Dietician Arushi Gupta, Associate Dietician, Dayanand Medical College and hospital, Ludhiana, about the health benefits of khichdi. 

Khichdi health benefits

Why it is considered the only thing or the necessary thing edible in sickness? Here, we list out four surprising health benefits of that Khichdi that you were not aware of:

1. Wholesome and nutritious

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As you may have heard your mother or your grandmother say that khichdi is good for your health, this is indeed true. It is not just a mixture of rice and lentils but the source of carbohydrates, vitamins calcium, dietary fibres, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. You can add different vegetables, enhance its nutritional values and taste.

2. Easy to digest

As it does not consist of strong spices, Khichdi is always easy on stomach and intestines, making it an ideal meal for sick people. This meal, full of nutritional is also a perfect source of nourishment for babies, small kids and elderly people. And for change from spicy food, it can surely be an option.

Also read: Know Your Plate: Here's How Nutritious Is Your Bowl Of Khichdi

3. Maintains blood sugar levels

Khichdi happens to be a part of the Ayurvedic diet because of its ability to balance all three doshas – Vatta, Pitta and kapha, making it a part of Tridoshic routine. Apart from calming the digestive system along with detoxifying it, the ingredients in Khichdi, improves energy, immunity and digestion.

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4. Gluten free

People trying to avoid gluten can go for Khichdi, since rice does not have any gluten in it neither do lentils. It is nothing but a pot meal of rice and lentils, which is very light and easy to digest.

5. Boosts immunity and heart health

Dal khichdi is protein packed and an amazing immunity booster. It is also good for heart health as it manages your cholesterol levels. You can consume khichdi in moderation to improve both cardiovascular health and immunity. 

Also read: This Is How You Should Eat Your Lentils For Maximum Health Benefits

How to make khichdi at home?

Here’s how you can make Moong dal khichdi: 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup split with husk moong dal
  • ½ cup rice, you can use any rice, regular small or medium grained rice or even basmati
  • 1 small to medium sized finely chopped onion/pyaaz
  • 1 medium sized chopped tomato/tamatar
  • ½ inch finely chopped or grated ginger/adrak
  • 1 small green Mirch chopped
  • ¾ tsp of cumin seeds/jeera
  • ¼ tsp of turmeric powder/haldi
  • Pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • 3.5 cups water - for a more thin texture, add 4 to 4.5 cups water
  • 1.5 tbsp oil or ghee
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse and wash moong lentils and rice together. Soak both of them in water for 30 minutes
  • Heat 2 tbsp ghee or oil in pressure cooker. Add some cumin. When you see cumin splutter, add the onions
  • Sauté the onions till they get translucent. There is no need to fry them till light brown or golden brown
  • Once the onions become translucent, add tomatoes, ginger and green chilli
  • Stir for a while, so the content doesn’t burn. Add some turmeric powder and asafetida/hind. Cook till the tomatoes soften
  • Now, drain the rice and moong lentils and add them to the pressure cooker
  • Stir for a minute. Pour water and season with salt
  • Close the lid of pressure cooker and cook the khichdi on a high flame till you get 6 to 7 whistles
  • If you see that khichdi is too thick, then add some water and again stir
  • Keep on low flame to simmer the khichdi till you get the right consistency
  • You can adjust consistency as per your taste by playing around with the quantity of water
  • The consistency can be adjusted as per your choice by adding less or more water
  • Once the khichdi is cooked then top it with some ghee while serving

You can serve moong dal khichdi with curd/yoghurt and salad. Now that you know the health benefits of khichdi, you can surely have an enhanced digestive system and make it easily at home.

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