Kichdi, Ideal Comfort Food for Convalescents

Kichdi, Ideal Comfort Food for Convalescents

Creamy kichdi is comforting, nourishing, and easy on the stomach.  This simple gruel of rice and dal is yummy enough to enjoy on a rainy day.  But, it becomes a real hero when there are sick folks in the house.

Kichdi, Ideal Comfort Food for Convalescents | cookglobaleatlocal.comI know.  The number one rule of blogging is you’re supposed to have a plan.  Well, believe it or not, I did have a plan.

But, that was before I woke up to find 3 out of 5 children sick at home.  In families, it always happens this way.  One falls sick, then they all fall — like dominos — one after the other.  I’m sure the hot weather hasn’t helped!

Regardless, when my children are sick, they crave kichdi.  This is probably pretty unusual for Ivorian-American kids growing up in South Africa.  However, once you try this kichdi you will understand why they ask for it.

As students head into exams and parents try to wrap up the year’s work, falling sick is, unfortunately, par for the course.  Everyone gets a little run down, and it happens.

Personally, I have a firm belief in food as medicine.  Thus, I thought I might as well share this excellent recipe with you, in case your family is similar to mine.

Ideal Comfort Food for Convalescents |

About the Recipe

This recipe comes from my all-time favorite Indian cookbook, 1,000 Indian Recipes.  It was originally the author’s mother’s recipe.  She grew up loving it and shared it with her daughters who grew up in the US.  Thanks to the book, we can all enjoy this divine kichdi.

I have made a couple of changes — as cooks do — to adjust the recipe to my family’s tastes.  I hope you will feel free to do the same, and that it nourishes and comforts your loved ones as it has mine.  Bon appétit!


Kichdi, Ideal Comfort Food for Convalescents

Kichdi, Ideal Comfort Food for Convalescents |
Jeanette Marie
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Prep Time:  5 minutes - Cook Time:  30 minutes Servings:  6

This quick and creamy dal is a comforting savory treat for anyone who is getting over a seasonal virus. It's particularly good for those who have upset tummies or are convalescing.

  • 1 cup basmati rice, sorted and washed in 3 to 4 changes of water
  • 1/2 cup dried green split mung beans, sorted and washed in 3-4 changes of water
  • 5 1/2 cups water
  • 4 black cardamom pods (badi elaichi), crushed lightly
  • 1 (1-inch) stick cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons melted ghee
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds

  1. Place the rice and the dal in a pressure cooker along with 5 1/2 cups water, the cardamom pods, peppercorns cinnamon and salt. Secure the lid, as per manufacturer's instructions, and cook over high heat until it reaches high pressure. Continue cooking for approximately 1 more minute.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to de-pressurize on its own (about 15 minutes). Carefully open the lid and stir the rice. The kichdi should be soft and creamy. If not, add a list more water, cover and boil, stirring a few times until it is soft and creamy.
  3. Transfer to a serving dish.
  4. Heat the ghee in a small sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds. As soon as they are fragrant and toasty (30 seconds to 1 minute) add the entire mixture to the serving dish and serve immediately.

If you don't have split green mung beens on hand, you can substitute the yellow mung beans (dhulli mung dal). I've done this a few times and, while the flavor is different, the kichdi is equally tasty.

Nutrition Facts

Kichdi, Ideal Comfort Food for Convalescents


Amount Per Serving
Calories 215.15 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.8 g 7.4%
Saturated Fat 2.78 g 13.9%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 10.92 mg 3.6%
Sodium 401.58 mg 16.7%
Total Carbohydrate 36.61 g 12.2%
Dietary Fiber 3.73 g 14.9%
Sugars 1.2 g
Protein 6.53 g
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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