Think about Khichdi and what comes to my mind is my uncle telling me, “Khichdi ke chaar yaar, Papad, Ghee, Dahi, Achaar”, which meant that Khichdi has 4 friends, papad, ghee, curd and pickle. This is said so because Khichdi tastes extremely well when it is accompanied with these 4 items. And to be frank, you need to experience it to believe it.
Khichdi is a mixture of rice and lentils(dal) and is a very famous recipe all over India. People from different states call it with a different names. For example khichuri in bengali, adahengu khichdi in Odisha, Pongal in Tamil Nadu (South India) and Khichri in Bihar etc. In Bihar, consumption of khichri on every saturday’s is considered auspicious and is eaten along with lots of ghee, baingan ka bharta, aloo bharta, tomato chutney, coriander chutney, papad, pickle and many more other items. In India the festival called Makar Sankranti is incomplete without khichdi.
Speaking of Makar Sankranti, let me also wish everybody a very happy Makar Sankranti. It is unbelievable the way people are connected. Across the length and breadth of India, people have different beliefs and speaks different languages but we are all connected with an invisible thread. One such connection can be seen in these festivals. Pretty much every part of India celebrate a similar festival at the exact time of the year and all of these festivals symbolizes the harvest festival. This in fact symbolizes our “Unity in Diversity”.
Rice dal khichdi is not only tasty but nutritious and healthy as well. Khichdi is full of fiber and protein and because there are a lot of vegetables along with rice and dal, that goes into this recipe, you get pretty much everything that you would need, in it.
So here is rice dal khichdi for you. Enjoy along with family.