Khichdi is a delicious Ayurvedic dish that’s known for its ability to detoxify and purify the body. It creates a balance among all the three doshas i.e Vata, pitta, and Kapha.
Khichdi is an ancient Ayurvedic recipe which has been a part of our diet since ages.It is easy to digest and helps the body to detoxify.
I believe, you all must have heard about Khichri especially when someone in your family got ill or when someone was recovering from any illness. This is a magic and a wholesome food loaded with healing and digestive properties.
What Is Khichdi?
Khichdi is not only like an amenity but also a pleasure food for Indian people. It is considered as a nourishing meal, that is light and simple without any or very less spices.It is greatly acknowledged by doctors and recommended to patients especially children and elderly who are recovering from diseases.It is greatly liked by people who pursue a Saatvik diet of Ayurveda. Saada bhojan ucch vichar.
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During the Mughal empire, classical khichdi went through various modifications. They supplemented the Khichdi by adding nuts, healthy spices and dry fruits to make it rich and more filling. During Akbar rule, the royal cuisine made and distributed Khichri every day as a part of good will . Jahangir admired Khichri prepared with lots of Ghee, dried fresh fruit and nuts. The oldest registered recipe dates back to Akbar’s rule. Khichdi Recipe (Ain-I-Akbar).
A Russian explorer, Afanasiy Nikitin, who voyaged to India during the 16th century, declared that the Mughal ruler Jahangir promoted this dish, and it is postulated that Emperor Aurangzeb was affectionate about khichdi.
Alamgiri Khichri was developed for Aurangzeb. The khichdi recipe was customised to conform the Anglo-Indian delight, by adding fish and eggs to the ingredients during the British colonial regime (1858— 1947).
It was called Kedgeree, and became famous during the British era as a predominant breakfast food. It soon proliferated outside India to the UK during Queen Victoria’s command. And thats the reason you get to see this magic food around the world.
Health Benefits of Khichdi:
Khichdi has a stable balance of carbohydrate and proteins. Moong beans that are the basic ingredient in khichdi, are a great source of dietary fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin C and potassium.Not only this it comprises of 10 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein supplement.
Freshly-prepared khichdi consumed with pure cow’s ghee provides the appropriate amount of macronutrients, proteins, complex carbohydrate and fat. Adding up vegetables while preparing khichdi adds up the nutritional value further.
People who are gluten sensitive or suffer from celiac disease have a problem in the processing of this gluten which is the storage protein found in certain grains like wheat, rice and barley. But they can choose to eat khichdi on alternate days as it provides enough nutrition and yet is light and gluten-free.
Many people who may not be suffering from this disease also select gluten-free food as a lifestyle change.They too can consume khichdi.
This dish can be served almost any time of the day, be it morning, evening or even at nights. It is easy to prepare. It is best known for its capacity to detoxify the body and stabilize the three doshas – Vata, Pitta, Kapha. It is a tridoshic food which has a soothing effect on the body.
A savoring and the nutritious dish of rice, moong cooked with ghee, and spices like salt and Haldi(turmeric), adds the balance of vital elements – earth and water for increasing energy and immunity and fire to stimulate digestive enzymes.
4.Easy to Digest
Khichdi when eaten with curd, is a calming food for the intestine and helps in adjusting an upset stomach. This is said to be loaded with probiotics , good bacteria of Curd ,It is a generous meal loaded with nutrients for babies and elderly.It is easy for them to digest as both of them have a slow metabolism and their digestive strength is too weak to digest complex nutrients.
5. Best Meal for Kids
Khichdi is the best meal as the infants start of semi liquid and solids, the watery khichdi is easy to digest and due to less or no spices its perfect for kids. Moong Dal provided all the essential Protien and rice fills up the babies tummy, use of asafoetida aids the digestion and so is the cumin seeds (health benefits of Cumin )thats used in making the Khichdi. Asafoetida is sulfurous smelling gum-resin that’s extracted from Furula plants. It’s traditionally ground into a powder and used either for its proposed medicinal qualities or as a spice to add a savory flavor to food.
So whatever is your age group,there is one khichdi than can fix up your health and it is advised to have Khichdi / Khichri once a week to keep up with good health and a good stomach.