Picked our first spinach, rocket and crinkled cress yesterday.
Yummy and fresh.
Now they may look like they are on top of a pile of goo – and it is a pile of goo – but it is very good goo which is meant to look prettier but I cooked it for too long. It is meant to look like this:
It is kitchari – a traditional Ayurvedic recipe which is meant to be gentle and nourishing for the digestive system. Kitchari, which literally means mixture, is a blend of rice and usually spilt lentils with spices and an assortment of vegetables of choice. A one-pot dish, kitchari originates from Asia and has references dating back thousands of years. The use of spices and vegetables can produce balancing effects for the three bodily dosas in Ayurvedic medicine. Rice and mung dal together create a balanced food that is a good protein combination and is tridoshic. This complete food is easy to digest and gives strength and vitality and nourishes all the tissues of the body.
There are many different recipes with variations and this is just one recipe that I have tried from Banyan Botanicals. It is surprisingly quick and easy to prepare. It can be frozen if needed but best eaten fresh.
- 1/2cup yellow mung dal
- 1 cup rice
- 2tbsp ghee/ coconut oil
- 1tsp black mustard seeds
- 1tsp cumin seeds
- 1 small pinch of asafoetida (hing) powder
- 1tsp turmeric powder
- 1tsp coriander powder
- 4 thin slices fresh root ginger
- 6 cups of water
- 1-2 cups of vegetables (e.g. sweet potato, courgettes (zucchini), squash, celery, carrot, beetroot etc.) cut into small bite-sized pieces
- Fresh herbs to top, optional
- Soak the dal overnight in water. Drain.
- In a non-stick pan, warm the ghee/coconut oil. Add all of the spices an sauté for a minute or two. Add the rice and dal and sauté like a pilau for a couple more minutes. Add 6 cups of water and bring to the boil.
- Cover and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes until the rice and dal is cooked.
- Add the vegetables half way through the cooking process, stir and allow to slowly cook for the remaining time.
- Add more water if needed. From Banyan Botanicals: Typically, kitchari is the consistency of a vegetable stew as opposed to a broth. A thinner consistency is preferable if your digestion is weak. You will notice that kitchari will thicken when it cools and you may need more water than you originally thought.
A good vegetable stew that can us homegrown produce. Enjoy!