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Sikh Tradition of Khichri

By January 15, 2013

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When the heart is involved, what may seem like the most insignificant gesture may grow to be a time honored tradition lasting centuries.
Mai Ji's longing to serve the guru manifested in a "handi" or clay kettle, of Khichri (khichdi). An elderly woman of meager means, she sacrificed, scrimped, and saved, until she stockpiled enough rice and lentils to feed her Khichri to Prince Gobind Rai, his family, and their entire entourage. Her effort to serve Khichri to the sangat for the remainder of her life, ultimately manifested in the historic community kitchen langar of Gurdwara Handi Sahib of Danapur, Bihar, which continues her tradition today.

Khichri (Khichdi)

Khichri combines rice, lentils, and vegetables, to make a delicious, and nutritious, meal in one pot.

Community Kitchen Khichri Recipe
Gurdwara Handi Sahib, Mai Ji's Khichri and Prince Gobind Rai
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January 15, 2013 at 7:19 pm
(1) caite@a lovely shore breeze says:

looks very healthy.

January 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm
(2) Indrani says:

Healthy, nutritious and holy!
Thank you!

January 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm
(3) LifeRamblings says:

that does look like a nutritious diet. Bon appetit.

January 16, 2013 at 9:51 am
(4) Susan says:

Have you ever wondered why most people hate to cook for themselves alone? I think we instinctively think of meals as something to be shared, and meal preparation becomes less onerous when there is the intent to share with others. (The recipe sounds delicious.)

January 16, 2013 at 11:38 am
(5) aquariann says:

Fascinating history! And now I’m hungry for lunch …

January 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm
(6) imaddy says:

What a history. We might try the recipe.

January 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm
(7) Colleen@LooseLeafNotes says:

I dreamt of noodles last night.

January 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm
(8) Reno, the Biggest Little City says:

What a great tradition, and good for you as well.

January 16, 2013 at 7:19 pm
(9) AVCr8teur says:

I was not aware of this traditional. Such dedication and self-sacrifice!

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