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Monsoons may be the season we associate with khichdi, yet, winters too call for piping hot food. There can be no better comfort food than khichdi, eaten with pickle and papad or perhaps raita and topped with a spoonful of ghee. This one-dish meal is nutritious, with an abundance of carbohydrates, proteins and all nutrients that the body needs in this season. Chefs today are getting creative even with a basic dish like khichdi and are adding various ingredients to up the flavour quotient. Khichdi is no longer the basic dal and rice combination only, but millets, vegetables and even meats are being added. So rev up your taste buds as you relish a delicious khichdi in Mumbai this winter.
Bihar khichdi at Neel, Powai
The khichdi festival at Neel Mahalaxmi and Powai offer an array of 8 comforting khichdis from all over India. The Karnataka mutton khichdi will entice carnivores with its aromatic flavours and spices, while the highlight surprisingly is the simple, Bihar Khichdi. Made of kolam rice and yellow moong, it is served with Bihar’s special aloo bhujiya, aloo kachokha, black lentil papad and lauki ka raita. A complete meal, this khichdi, owing to its flavours, leaves you craving for more. Enjoy these khichdis for the entire month of December.
Sabudana Khichdi at Soam, Babulnath
Not your typical rice and dal khichdi, but sabudana khichdi is a popular dish in Mumbai. Undoubtedly the best place for a sabudana khichdi, apart from many other dishes, is Soam. Fluffy Sago Balls tossed in spices and crunchy peanuts, this one can perk up both your taste buds and mood for a moment. The accompanying curd and cucumber salad, complete the experience.
Butter Chicken khichdi at Monkey Bar, Bandra
Khichdi acquires a new meaning at Chef Manu Chandra’s Monkey Bar. The butter chicken khichdi with mung dal, oodles of butter chicken in a mushy consistency along with Khichdi Ke Paanch Yaar - ghee, papad, kachumbar, achaar and dahi is a treat no carnivore can afford to miss. Fret not vegetarians, you can devour this with paneer.
Ram Khichdi at Tuskers, Sofitel BKC
A well-spiced preparation of dal and rice with potatoes, Madras onions and tempered with ghee and spices, this dish boasts of unique aromatic flavours. The melange of textures and flavours in one dish is what sets this one apart.
Palak Khichdi at Gajalee, Vile Parle East
A haven for seafood lovers, this may seem like a strange recommendation but the palak khichdi here is outstanding. Packed with subtle spices and spinach, it is a delicious and filling meal. There is a dal khichdi available too if spinach is not what you fancy.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.