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The Indian Equivalent of Chicken Noodle Soup

August 18, 2010

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!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. sacha permalink
    August 18, 2010 8:12 pm

    I enjoy this dish. Whenever the masala gets to much for me I have a break by eating it with yoghurt….

  2. August 19, 2010 6:50 am

    I hope you’re feeling better now?

  3. August 25, 2010 7:06 am

    I’m a lurker (non-commenting reader — your beautiful wedding pictures drew me in!) and just wanted to say THANK YOU for this tip. I’ve been wondering what mild, common dishes I could feed my kids in India — and this is obviously fitting the bill! 🙂

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