Khichdi boasts of being one of the oldest Indian dishes, yet it can never go out of style.

When in doubt, chefs still go back to the one-pot meal. Two such food consultants are Ratika Bhargava and Richa Khetan.

The Jaipur duo has come up with a book ‘Khichdi: Simple, Soulful & Soothing’ dedicated to the humble khichdi and its many variants.

“Each and every recipe in the book is tried and tested by us,” assures Ratika. The book also comprises fusion recipes such as oats khichdi, paneer butter masala khichdi.

While numerous khichdis from across India feature in the book, here are five that stand out.

1. Kharzi from Arunachal Pradesh The rice is cooked in bamboo over hot coal to give it the right flavour, and then prepared by grinding the rice with red chillies and fermented cheese.

2. Gud Nariyal Khichdi from Goa A dish cooked with jaggery, coconut and a special Goan rice ukdo tandool.

3. Mongkhasar (Mong Khasar) from Kashmir Yoghurt and traditional Kashmiri red chillies are the star ingredients of mongkhasar. The dish also features whole garam masalas and spices.

4. Jagannath Puri Khichdi Prasad from Odisha During the Mahaprasad, 56 holy dishes are  offered to Lord Jagannath. The Sankhudi Mahaprasad includes rice mixed with lentils into a porridge consistency.

5. Bhoger Khichuri from West Bengal Prepared from Gobindobhog rice, the  dish is a favourite throughout India, especially during pujo.