Khicheri

Khicheri

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Serves
1
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Lisa Linder

This rice and lentil porridge is the ultimate Ayurvedic dish. It is simple, nourishing, well balanced and well cooked so is easy on the digestive system, which can then work on burning up toxins instead. I often eat it when I have been feeling a little sluggish. Some people doing a long detox often live off khicheri. It is great for all doshas although you can tailor it to your own dosha. It is always made with ghee which makes the meal easier to digest (than oil) so I would stick with it and it adds a wonderful buttery flavour, too.

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Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
35g basmati rice, washed well
25g yellow mung lentils, washed well
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
400ml water

Basic tarka (flavoured oil)

Quantity Ingredient
1 teaspoon ghee
pinch asafoetida
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
salt, to taste

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients for the porridge in a saucepan, gently bring to the boil, then simmer, partially covered, until soft, around 30 minutes. Remove any scum that forms on the surface. You may need to add an extra splash of water if the pan looks too dry.
  2. Heat the ghee in a small saucepan, add the asafoetida, let it sizzle for at least 5 seconds. Add the cumin and cook until it has darkened and is aromatic, around 20 seconds. Pour into the porridge and season to taste.

Note

  • Vata: Add vegetables to the porridge as above. Follow the tarka for kapha but use 2 good teaspoons of ghee.

    Pitta: Add the same vegetables as kapha. Keep the basic tarka simple, although you can use 1 1⁄2–2 teaspoons of ghee.

    Kapha: Add some vegetables, e.g. a handful of cauliflower florets and a small handful of peas, after 25 minutes of cooking the porridge. For the tarka, add 1 tablespoon chopped onion into the oil once the cumin seeds have become aromatic. When the onion is soft, add 1⁄2 teaspoon each finely chopped ginger and garlic, cook gently for 1 minute. Stir into the porridge, season with salt and pepper and a pinch of garam masala.
Tags:
health
diet
ayurvedic
ayurveda
weightloss
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