Ayurvedic Diet: Kitcheri for Vatas

Added to Recipes on Tue 02/28/2012

1 cup Basmati rice   
2 cups Mung Dahl (split yellow lentils)   
7 cups (approximately) water   
Pinch of salt   
1 tsp freshly cut ginger root   
2 tbsp ghee   
2 tsp mustard seeds   
2 tsp cumin seeds   
2 tsp fennel seeds   
2 tsp cumin powder   
2 tsp turmeric powder   
2 tsp coriander powder   
1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing)   
1 cup chopped vegetables (zucchini, asparagus, squash)  

Wash the lentils and rice separately in at least 2 changes of water. Place aside. In a medium-sized pot, sauté all the seeds in the ghee until they pop on medium/high heat. Then reduce the heat and add the other powdered spices and ginger for a few seconds. Add the mung dal and salt. Sauté for 1 or 2 minutes. Add boiling water. Bring the entire mixture to boil and then simmer for 30 to 40 minutes or until the dahl is about 2/3 cooked.

Now cut the vegetables into small pieces. Add the rice and vegetables to the lentils. Stir, adding extra water if required. Bring back to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is fully cooked. Cook until there is minimal water remaining, leaving the lid on the pot.
Note: An alternative to cooking on a stove top is to add all of the ingredients to a crock-pot and allow to slowly simmer over 6 hours. Sauté the spices in ghee separately and add them to the entire mixture in the crockpot.


Recipe courtesy of Wellspring Health