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Kitchari in a Thermos
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Recipe type: Main Meals
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for tridoshic kitchari (see other options below)
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1 tsp each cumin
  • 1 cm piece of ginger, finely grated
  • 1 cm piece of fresh turmeric, finely grated (see note)
  • Pinch of Asafeotida (hing) or 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • ½ leek or 2 shallots or 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 2 level tbs each of yellow mung dahl & basmati rice
  • 1 cup mixed vegetable, chopped small (carrot, peas, cauliflower, beans, etc)
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp high quality salt, unrefined & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • Optional to serve
  • 1 tbs coriander, parsley, dandelion greens, rocket, baby spinach, or a combination, finely chopped
  • 1 tbs dry roasted pumpkin and or sunflower seeds
Instructions
  1. Heat ghee and fry the cumin, ginger, turmeric & (garlic if using) until fragrant. If using asafoetida add the pinch just prior to the next step.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients and boil gently for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat thermos with boiling water. Spoon in the rice and lentil mixture, sealing the lid quickly to retain heat of the food.
  4. Leave to create its magic for around 4 hours.
  5. Serve at lunch time topped with optional ingredients.
  6. Enjoy the comfort that comes with the easily digested, tasty and nutritious kitchari.
  7. Note: If using turmeric powder, you add this to the Kitchari with step 2
  8. Option 1: For weakened digestion, include:
  9. Add ½ tsp fennel seeds to the ghee with the cumin seeds.
  10. Can use diced sweet potato and green beans for vegetables.
  11. Serve with a small spoon of fresh yoghurt.
  12. Option 2: For cooling excessive fire and internal heat, include:
  13. Add 1 tsp of coconut flakes, and 1 tsp of fennel seeds to the ghee with the cumin.
  14. Can use sweet potato and peas and add 1 tbs of raisins for vegetables.
  15. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lime.
  16. Option 3: For Stimulating a sluggish digestion by increasing agni, include:
  17. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds to ghee until they begin to pop, then add the cumin, ginger & turmeric.
  18. Add ½ teaspoon dried chilli and use cauliflower, peas and spinach or cabbage for vegetables.