Learn the interesting story of Khichdi (photo credit: instagram / food_is_lub2224)
The cooks of the Mughal rulers also used to make khichdi. It is said that Jahangir used to taste khichdi every day. Inspired by Khichdi, many new meals were also prepared.
- January 15, 2021, 10:47 AM IST
Makar Sankranti is still being celebrated in many parts of the country. In Bihar and some parts of UP, it is also known as Khichdi. Khichdi along with curd and bangles are also eaten on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Khichdi’s origin is considered to be in India and it is made and served differently in different parts of the country. Generally we keep hearing references like ‘Birbal ki khichdi’ and ‘Kya khichdi pak ho rahe ho’ but its history is very old in our country.
Everyone is named in the name!Since the origin of khichdi is in India, the inspiration for its name is also derived from Sanskrit. The name derives from the Sanskrit word ‘Khichha’. Different types of khichdi are available in every state of India. Khichdi is made in many auspicious works. Khichdi’s name is also changed on special occasions like in Bengal it is called ‘Bhoga’ at the time of worship.
Special in old to new history too!
In the Mahabharata, mention of khichdi comes many times. Along with the stories of Krishna Sudama, there is a mention of the khichdi being made during the exile of the Pandavas. In addition, the Greek king Salucus took the name of Khichdi of India in 305-303 (BC) BC. The great traveler Ibn Babuta also mentioned Khichdi in his book.
Although khichdi is considered an ordinary food, it used to hold a very important place in the kitchen of kings. Taking inspiration from this, the cooks of Mughal rulers also used to make khichdi. It is said that Jahangir used to taste khichdi every day. Inspired by Khichdi, many new meals were also prepared.
Five friends of khichdi!
Khichdi is eaten with great fervor in every part, but it also has a special “protocol” in some areas of Bihar and UP. According to tradition, five friends or friends have been told here of Khichdi. These include chokha, chutney, papad, curd and pickle. This means that whenever khichdi is made, it will happen together. There is a practice of making khichdi in this area especially on Saturday.
Benefits of Porridge
Khichdi is made in many ways, but khichdi made by mixing vegetables with pulses and rice is more useful. Apart from this, khichdi of sago, porridge or other grains is also made. Carbohydrates, calcium, vitamins and many other antioxidants are found in khichdi.