Vegetable Kichidi (serves 2)


Lentils and rice are as much of a staple in India as paste and sauce are in Italy. Kichidi is one of those stick-to-your-rib comfort foods that is usually served at home when the weather gets cooler.

There are many variations across the country for this dish, using different types or rice, lentils, and vegetables, but the basic recipe will always have a combination of grain and legumes. Though kichidi is super comforting, it is also quite healthy; the creaminess comes from cooking down the lentils with the starch from the rice. Served with a cooling tomato raita, this dish is sure to hit the spot.

What you'll need at home: 1 onion, 1 zucchini, 1 carrot, 1 red bell pepper, 1 inch ginger, 1 tomato, 1/2 cup yogurt, 1 green chili (optional)