Previously I wrote about Dinacharya, a concious daily habits routine according to Ayurveda. Now, I’m going to dedicate this post to talk about an important dish according to this milenar medicine: the Kichari

Kichari is an Indian dish made with a  mix of basmati rice, pink lentils, veggies and spices. It is considered a cleanse food or, in other words, an easy and comfortable food to digest. Ayurveda says that we aren’t what we eat but we are what we can digest. Problems with  your digestive system are  an important sign of imbalance and the possible cause of future diseases. When we don’t digest correctly a food, it stays in our system generating toxins (amas). These toxins enter in the bloodstream and spread to other organs, causing these diseases.

Ayurveda also recommends that once in a while we should give our digestive system a rest, either fasting or opting for a mono diet for one day. Not everyone can fast and not everyone should, the kichari is a tasty option, comforting, nutritious and an easy digestion food for eating during the day and also a great meal for when we are feeling tired and/or sick.

In addition to all this, it is also very easy to prepare.

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To prepare the recipe for two people you will need:

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 cup pink lentils (Turkish lentil)
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 medium leek
  • 1 tablespoon of Ghee (or other cold pressed oil not refined)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon spicy paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek
  • A bunch of parsley
  • A little sea salt

Preparation:

Soak the lentils while cutting and preparing the other ingredients.
In a saucepan heat the ghee and add the spices in the following order: fenugreek, paprika and turmeric. Let the spices release the flavor (without burning) and add the rice, the diced carrots and the leeks. Sauté everything and add water to cover. Cook about 5-8 minutes and add the lentils. Cover the pan and allow to cook the rice and lentils, which must be soft. If necessary add more water.

And this Kichari is ready! A tasty and aromatic food that I hope you all enjoy!

Om Shanti