If you’re the type of person who likes to circle the globe through your kitchen, have we go the perfect recipe for you today! Indian kitchari has such a vibrant flavor that you’ll savor every bite, yet it’s so versatile, the recipe can be tweaked to meet most dietary needs including, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and meat options. Read ahead to find out how to make it yourself!
What is Indian Kitchari?
Kitchari means to blend or mix, which is the basis for this one pot meal. It’s an ancient Indian tradition of sorts, partly because of its warm, filling and comforting nature, and also its health advantages. Indian kitchari does wonders for the digestion system and is often eaten as a cleanse of sorts, usually in the spring months.
We found this delicious basic recipe for kitchari on Ayurveda.com. It’s great because it can be modified any way that suits your needs. Load up on veggies, or add some chicken or beef, it’s completely up to you! You can buy the ingredients individually, or try this kitchari kit by Banyan Botanicals to get you started. Here’s what you’ll need:
- ½ cup basmati rice
- 1 cup mung dal (split yellow)
- 6 cups (approx.) water
- 1 inch fresh ginger root, chopped or grated
- ¼ tsp of mineral salt
- 2 tsp ghee
- ½ tsp coriander powder
- ½ tsp cumin powder
- ½ tsp whole cumin seeds
- ½ tsp mustard seeds
- ½ tsp turmeric (in powder form)
- 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
- Handful of fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 and ½ cups assorted vegetables (optional)
- Carefully pick over rice and dal to remove any stones. Wash each separately in at least 2 changes of water. Add the 6 cups of water to the rice and dal and cook covered until it becomes soft, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare any vegetables (cut into small pieces) that you’d like to add. Add the vegetables to the cooked rice and dal mixture and cook for 10 minutes longer.
- In a separate saucepan, sauté the seeds in the ghee until they pop. Next, add the other spices and stir them together to release the flavors. Add the sautéed spices into the cooked dal, rice, and vegetable mixture.
- Sprinkle the mineral salt and chopped fresh cilantro on top and serve.
So how did it turn out? We’d love to hear your take on the recipe and how you changed it to meet your specific needs. Tell us all about it in the comments below!
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