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!


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