A super simple and quick Indian comfort meal that will be loved by all!
Khichdi with kadhi is probably the top comfort food meal for most Indian families. Khichdi is one of the first foods given to babies right after pureed fruit in India. The basic recipe is just rice and lentils and ghee. It is thought to be a very light and nourishing dish. Most Indian households consider this dish as a go-to when anyone is sick.
While there are tons of varieties out there, such as adding any vegetable available to you and making it as flavor as you can handle , I think everyone takes comfort in a simple, minimal spice version every once in awhile. This simple version is our go-to right now because its so kid-friendly. Dinnertime is much easier, when you don’t have a hungry toddler crying about not wanting to eat the food you’ve prepared!
The meal is not only simple in ingredients but also simple to make. Khichdi can be made in a pot on a stove top, there is really no need to use fancy appliances. I always made khichdi in a pressure cooker because I wanted to be able to throw in the ingredients and get it cooking quickly. The problem with a traditional Indian pressure cooker is that you still have to time it. Well those days are over with my Instant Pot! Now I can still throw in all of the ingredients but now I get to program it for the time I want and walk away!
I think there are ways of making kadhi in the Instant Pot as well, but I haven’t experimented with that yet. I’ve found that kadhi can be tricky because when you’re heating up yogurt you have to be careful or it will curdle. Also, kadhi can be made in less than 10 minutes! So once I’ve set my khichdi to cook in the instant pot, I start on my kadhi, which will come together before the Instant Pot switches to keep warm!