Recipe: Healing Kitchari

What do you crave when you’re feeling tired and a bit run down?  Mine was always Heinz tomato soup.  it’s ‘cream’ of tomato soup so it’s off the vegan menu now.  Despite being quite health conscious, when i’m feeling run down and a bit sensitive i do turn to comfort foods.  It’s those foods we associate with our childhood that embrace us like a reassuring hug. Even something so simple as marmite on toast instantly soothes me, although now I’d be a lot fussier about the type of bread I’m slapping the marmite on.

In india, Kitchari is the healing food go to and is the recommended diet after any cleansing ayurvedic or kriyas. It’s very easily digested by the body, and is a good combination of protein and carbs to gently fuel your recovery.  Bearing in mind the ‘feed a cold, starve a fever’ mantra.

Serves 3 – 4

½ glass mung (moyashi) beans soaked overnight
½ glass rice
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp tumeric powder
½ stock cube (optional)
1 inch ginger chopped
2 – 3 cups of chopped vegetables (carrots, green beans, broccoli, courgette, peas)

Don’t worry If you forget to soak the mung beans overnight, just cook for a few minutes more under pressure.

– Heat 1 tblsp oil in a pressure pan & add cumin seeds & chopped ginger & cook until they release their aroma.

– Add rice & mung beans along, 3-4 glasses of water, ½ stock cube & vegetables

– Cook under pressure for 7 – 15 minutes depending upon the type of pressure pan

– Turn the gas off & allow the pressure to come down naturally

– Turn the gas back on, add more water if necessary (the kitchari should be a soupy porridge) & the spice powders – cumin, tumeric, coraiander & garam masala.

Also try using with other lentils – red, yellow or green.

Healing kitchari


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