Khichdi– The Indian, Ayurvedic tradition recommends consumption of light-to-digest meals whenever the body is sick. Philosophically, sickness is our body’s way of telling that it needs a break from daily, busy schedule and eating recklessly. Those who eat consciously and mindfully do not get ill as much as others. Eating healthy and sattvika meals relax our abdomen and sooth the digestion.

You Become What You Eat.
Eat Sattvika, Become Sattvika

There are variety of ways to make it. Since, this recipe is patient-oriented, we are trying to bring-forth a delicious blend that is full in nutrition, especially- rich in proteins and good for digestion for someone who is not able to find taste in anything.

Servings – 4


  • Preparation Time- 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time- 20-25 minutes
  • Total Time- 30-35 minutes


  • 2 tspGhee/Clarified Butter
  • Spices
    • A pinch or two of Heeng/Asafoetida
    • 1 tsp- Jeera/Cumin
    • 1/2 tsp- Haldi/Turmeric powder
    • 1 Green Chilli and/or Black Pepper- as per preference
    • Namak/Salt- as per taste- preferably Saindha Namak- Rock salt
  • 3/4 cup Rice
  • 1/3 cup Yellow Moong beans/ Moong Dhuli Dal
  • Vegetables
    • 1/2 cup Lauki/Bottle Gourd – Grated
    • 1/2 cup Parval/Ridge Gourd- Grated
    • 1/2 cup Kachcha Papita/Raw Green Papaya- Grated
  • 3 cup Hot Water


  1. Rinse and wash lentils and rice with water and soak them for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Add ghee to the heated pressure cooker. Keep the flame low.
  3. Now add asafoetida/heeng.
  4. Add cumin/jeera, and let it splutter.
  5. Add turmeric/haldi. Let it cook on low flame for about 30-40 seconds.
  6. Now add the grated vegetables, green chilli and/or black pepper, and salt. Put them on low flame.
  7. Now add the washed rice and lentils.
  8. Add hot water. Close the lid and let the Khichdi be cooked on high flame till one whistle.
  9. Lower the flame for another 15 minutes.
  10. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Your delicious, nutritious Khichdi is ready to be served with
a prayer of health
and love.

Ayurveda refers to Rice as being a light food and Moong bean as having the qualities of balancing all three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) which is necessary to maintain health. Consumption of this blend of Rice and Moong bean can easily ignite the already extinguished or diminished digestive fire and promote the extinguished hunger due to illness.

We have provided a meal-schedule for patients of
Viral fever,
General Fever,

Check it out.

Let’s make something together.

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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Anu

    Bahut achi recipe. wow

  2. Nidhi

    Nutritious, healthy and tasty recipe.

  3. Neena Gupta

    Good going Dr.Anandita.
    We knew about the goodness of Khichdi from time immemorial.
    But this blend of nutrition of vegetables like parval,kaccha papaya,and lauki into the age old recipe of khichdi has rendered it tasty.
    Tried it……very tasty and nourishing.

    Also the Ayurvedic side of khichdi to balance the tri dosh is very well explained.

    Thanx a lot for the information and recipe shared.

  4. Savita

    Nice recipe!!
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Ananya Arora

    thank you for the healthy recipe

  6. Ritu Bajaj

    Really good recipe. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Anju Rana

    A very healthy diet. Thank u for the innovation of putting the healthy vegetables.

  8. Neena Gupta

    A very healthy innovative and a nutritious recepie.

  9. Aditi Malhotra

    Thank you for such a healthy recipe! Thank you for sharing

  10. Sunita khetan

    Nice Reclpe

  11. Suman Garg

    Very nice article, Thanks for sharing

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