Amazing Kitchari to try right now

You know those days where you start reading about something and end up following links and suggestions to various other amazing posts?

Well that happened to me today, I was reading about eating healthily whilst living in a van (I have this obsession at the moment with running away from Blackpool and living in a van) and in the original post there was a link to this recipe, it sounds amazing and so tasty.

Here is the article and recipe from Alexa Nehter who is a yoga teacher, retreat facilitator and author of THE CLEAN YOGI

Kitchari is THE Indian cleansing and healing food. It’s a wholesome, nourishing dish especially for those who want to detox, yet also want to feel sufficiently fueled.

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Another great thing about this is that there are many different styles to choose from, so there’s a kitchari for everyone! In its basic form it’s a porridge-like mixture of lentils, split mung beans and grains, like rice or quinoa, warmed with spices and veggies.

I prefer using quinoa instead of rice, giving the meal a lighter texture and an additional protein kick. You can use any kind of vegetables you love (or whatever you can find in the fridge). This recipe uses only greens, because they’re extra detoxifying and healing, but you can play with the ingredients however you want!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ½ cup red lentils
  • ½ cup mung dal / or yellow split peas
  • 4 cups of water or vegetable broth (use 2 more cups water if you don’t have it)
  • 2 cups greens, like broccoli, kale, spinach, Swiss chard chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • coriander, cumin, mustard seeds, turmeric and mineral salt for taste
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped, as garnish

Directions

Wash and drain the lentils, peas, dal and quinoa ads chop all veggies.

Heat the oil and sauté mustard seeds in a wok or pan until they pop. Add broth/water, mung dal & quinoa and spices. Bring to boil and then let simmer for 20 min. or until soft.

Stir in the green veggies and lentils just before the quinoa and mung dhal are done, add salt and cilantro. Ayurvedic Tip: Add a pinch of ginger if you feel stressed, aggravated, burned out or nervous. In Ayurveda coconut oil is seen as a cooling food, so if you are a quiet “heated” person, you might feel this will do you good.

If you are feeling a bit ‘cooler’, you’re a thinner in frame and need some soothing and calming nourishment, use ghee or sesame oil. All variations taste absolutely fantastic.

Love to your tummy and you

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