If you think eating khichdi is sad and boring, this read might give you some joy next time you see a plateful in front of you. As a matter of fact, whether you want to stay healthy or you want to lose weight – khichdi can do it all for you.
Its wholesomeness and diverse adaptation make it friendly for everyone and you can eat it during any season. Not just that, if you are unable to manage the gap between your meals and sleep, then khichdi is the right plate of food for you.
But why are we suddenly going gaga about this humble meal? Well, take a look.
Contains all the essential nutrients to enhance one’s health: The combination of rice, lentils, and ghee provides you with carbohydrates, proteins, dietary fiber, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium can help to build immunity, and help you to avoid getting sick.
“It is a good food to help you get that much-needed relief from acidity and ease digestion,” suggests Dr Jinal Patel, a dietitian from Apollo Spectra Hospital, Mumbai.
Eating khichdi may help detoxify the body, which keeps the digestive system in order and helps promote weight loss. Khichdi will make you feel full for a longer time, you will avoid overeating, and be able to maintain an optimum weight. It also provides you the energy to carry on with your daily activities with ease.
Are you sensitive to gluten? Then eat khichdi as it is gluten-free, which is helpful for those with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.
“Khichdi involves turmeric that carries anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to deal with cold, allergies, runny nose, cough, and promotes wound healing. Thus, you will be able to lead a healthy life. But, you shouldn’t go overboard on it,” says Dr Patel.
Palak and moong dal khichdi are amongst the healthy variations of khichdi that one can try. Palak aka spinach is loaded with iron and can improve your overall well-being.
And we know that moong dal is considered to be a great source of fibre, magnesium, copper, potassium, and antioxidants. They can be soothing and ease one’s digestion process.
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These are comforting foods and can be eaten on a regular basis. Lentil in dal khichdi has nutrients like protein, iron, calcium, potassium, and fat. The protein in dal helps you to stay full for a long time, and aids in muscle growth as well.
“A bowl of oats khichdi will help you to get nutrients like manganese, protein, fiber, phosphorus, and iron. If you have the problem of constipation then you must eat this as it will ease digestion. So, say hello to khichdi, and enhance your health,” says Dr Patel.
Khichdi is made with rice. So, too many carbohydrates are not recommended for people with diabetes. Hence, they should avoid eating khichdi in larger quantities.
“It can be eaten during lunch or dinner,” concludes Dr Patel.
So, are you ready to dig in that plate of khichdi?