This week I enjoyed writing the recipe for one of my favorite Indian comfort foods, Khichdi. Measuring ingredients is a challenge that I am slowly learning to enjoy. Thank you Katie Hayes and Community Farmers Market for including me in your fall cook book. Stayed tuned for it's release. Here's why I think we could all use some khichdi in our diet.
Growing up in a Gujarati household, there were many things I could expect to see in the kitchen: mango pickle jars varying from sweet to sour to spicy, a gallon-size jar of turmeric powder, and khichdi at least twice a week. Khichdi is a rice and lentil dish eaten throughout Indian communities, and it’s still a staple in our household today. It engages all the senses and, if you’re eating it properly, animates the body. Your entire house should shake as you churn it into a mash, which will only enhance its ability to be digested.
Khichdi is easy to prepare, easy to digest, and incredibly nourishing; it’s basically the Indian chicken soup. It’s gluten free and vegan, and along with being a complete protein and an excellent source of fiber, it provides carbohydrates, calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium, and B vitamins. Because of these many qualities, khichdi is not only my go-to comfort food, but an indispensable part of my diet when my schedule gets hectic. It’s often referred to as the perfect yogi food—and since I’m a yoga teacher, I was clearly born to eat this!
Each season, Community Farmers Markets releases a cookbook featuring recipes and stories from the individuals who come together each week to make our farmers markets happen: farmers, vendors, market supporters, and chefs. The Fall cookbook will be for sale at their farmers markets very soon. Learn more at www.cfmatl.org.
Stop by our tent at The Grant Park Farmers Market this Sunday to learn about All Life is Yoga, our teachers, and even take a free class in the park!
Rutu is teaching a free class at the market every first Sunday of the month from 11:00AM-12:00PM. Bring your mat, grab some produce, and enjoy a beautiful morning with us and our favorite farmers.
Find our booth this Sunday and say hello! Class starts at 11:00AM on the green - if you have trouble finding us, check with the help booth at the front of the market. See you Sunday!
Let us know you'll be joining us - RSVP.
The Grant Park Farmers Market is located in the area surrounding the Milledge fountain at the Corner of Cherokee Avenue and Milledge Avenue, at 600 Cherokee Ave.