For all the desis who’re reading this, I am sure a bowl of nourishing khichdi always feels like home to you. It does to me! And now, with Ayurveda’s ever-growing popularity all over the world, it’s also a global favorite. Whether you’re feeling sick or have had a painfully long day, eating some khichdi can be extremely soothing – for both your tummy and soul. Masala, plain, achaari, Bengali, South Indian, and many more versions of khichdi are enjoyed by millions of people globally every day. Prepared with rice, and lentils with or without vegetables and tempered lightly with spices of your choice, the staple Indian dish never disappoints. An age-old bowl of nourishment, this one has been around since the 1300s.

Khichdi

While this simple meal can be extremely comforting, it also has some magical benefits according to Ayurveda. One must definitely try and include this superfood at least once in their diet every week. Here are 5 healing powers of khichdi as per Ayurveda.

Loaded with goodness

A completely balanced nutritious meal in itself, khichdi is packed with proteins, carbohydrates, dietary fibers, magnesium, phosphorus and more. From kids to elderly men and women – all age groups can benefit from this calming dish.

Great for your gut

Many people who face acidity, bloating, gas, and other digestive issues, swear by khichdi to be their classic comfort food. It is light and easy to digest and also soothes the lining of the intestine. It’s gluten-free and is not greasy or spicy. It can also provide relief from constipation if eaten often, with a splash of desi ghee on top.

Aids digestion and keeps you full for long

According to Ayurveda, raw foods don’t suit every body type. Salads may work for some people but many complain of hunger pains after eating salad as a meal. A warm bowl of this home-cooked meal keeps you full and curbs all your cravings. It’s also easy and quick to make.

Has anti-inflammatory properties

Turmeric or haldi as we call it plays an important role in every dish of khichdi. And we all know how beneficial even a pinch of turmeric can be. It’s filled with antioxidants and acts as an anti-inflammatory ingredient.

Helps in detoxifying and re-energizing the body

Khichdi is tridoshic food, it helps in balancing all three doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. That helps in cleansing the system, bringing stability to the gut at a cellular level and re-energizing the body.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to treat yourself to a hearty wholesome bowl of khichdi!