Kitchari

Ayurvedic meal

After reading up quite a bit on Ayurveda and it’s principles (you can read more about Ayurveda here), I stumbled across lots of recipes for Kitchari. It’s a traditional recipe that is very nourishing, easy to digest and perfect for those times you just want a reset and give your body a rest from everything! Kitchari means ‘mixture of 2 grains’ being lentils and rice and covers all the amino acids to make it a complete protein meal. It incorporates all 6 tastes of Ayurveda and is very balancing covering all 3 doshas. It keeps blood sugars stable too which is a win! And what’s really cool is you throw everything in one pot and it tastes amazing. It’s my new fave and something I make once a week now and leave in the fridge (it actually tastes even better after a day or two!). I’ve put my own touch to it and tweaked it each time I’ve made it.. this the end result! Hope you enjoy it and feel balanced after you eat it.

Kitchari

Course Dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Author Katie Dow

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 brown onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • 1 tin lentils
  • 1 tin tomatoes diced
  • 1 cup brown rice or basmati
  • 1 cup green beans frozen
  • 1 cup peas frozen
  • 1 litre vegetable stock

Spices

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp seeded mustard
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add the onions and saute until tender.

  2. Add garlic and grated carrot and saute for a minute.

  3. Add the spices and fry off for a minute.

  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.

  5. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer with the lid half on for around 45 minutes.

  6. Once most of the liquid has absorbed, turn off the heat and place the lid on. Allow it to sit for around 15 minutes.

  7. Serve it on it's own or with a little greek yoghurt and chives on top.



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