The Indian Equivalent of Chicken Noodle Soup
In the U.S., if someone is feeling under the weather, the go-to comfort food is usually a nice warm bowl of chicken noodle soup. In India, that go-to food seems to be khichdi (pronounced khich-ri). Every time I’ve had tummy-troubles in India, khichdi is the food-of-choice for my ailing stomach. Khichdi is rice and moong lentils boiled together. It’s light on masalas (spices), so it’s easy on the stomach. It’s also full of carbohydrates and proteins to help revitalize a dehydrated body.
Late last week, I was suffering from a bout of stomach upsets (peth kharab, or “bad stomach” in Hindi.) So, of course, khichdi was on the menu. I like to have mine plain, with a little yogurt on the side, while Amrit prefers to have his with butter to give it a little more flavor. Nothing like a little Indian comfort food!