Kitcheree – comfort food, Centre-style
Kitcharee is a favourite dish of guests and Karma Yogis alike. It’s a combination of mung beans, rice and spices that warms and nourishes. It is also easy to prepare and just plain delicious.
- 6 Tbsp ghee
- 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
- 1 Tbsp turmeric
- 2 tsp coriander
- 3 Tbsp cumin
- 1/2-1 tsp chili flakes
- 1-2 tsp salt
- 1 cup chopped leeks
- 1 cup split mung beans (uncooked)
- 2 cup basmati rice (uncooked)
- 8 cups water
- 5 Tbsp ginger juice
- Heat the ghee in a soup pot. When it’s hot, add the mustard seeds. When they pop, add the other spices (except ginger) and the leeks.
- Stir the spices for a minute or two. Watch that they don’t burn.
- Add the rice and mung beans. Stir to coat them with the spices. Then add the water and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and turn the heat down to simmer until the rice and mung beans are cooked (about half an hour).
- Add the ginger juice.
- You can add more water if you prefer your kitcheree soupier, and more ghee if you want it richer.
- You can add vegetables like potatoes or squash to the pot for a heartier version.
- You can add chopped fresh kale or chard near the end of the cooking time for some extra green goodness.
- How do you like your kitcheree? Do you have a different version of this recipe? Do share in the comments!
Recipe reproduced from The Salt Spring Experience: Recipes for Body, Mind and Spirit.
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