Last weekend, my friend and colleague Betty Brown and I offered a Clean Eating Cooking class right here in Bexley. It was fun to cook and share healthy foods with several people who came!
Betty is studying to be an Ayurvedic practitioner. She brought to the class loads of information about how we can cook and eat according to the seasons, to benefit our health.
Among other things (vegetable wraps, sushi, Thai green curry) we made and tasted Kitchari, a gentle, cleansing soup with lots of grains, spices and greens. I thought I would share that recipe here for you all to try at home. It’s a great dish to have around especially when your body is feeling tense or overwhelmed. Eating this as your main meal for a few days will reset your digestion and metabolism.
If you want to participate in our next Clean Eating Cooking class, or have suggestions, please contact me directly!
Makes 4 servings
¼ cup green or golden mung dal (alternatives: red lentils)
¼ cup brown basmati rice (alternatives: white basmati rice, brown medium grain rice, quinoa, millet )
1 tsp ghee – clarified butter (alternative: olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil)
½ tsp whole mustard seeds
½ tsp whole cumin seeds
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
¼ tsp fennel seeds
¼ tsp coriander seed (or powder)
1 bay leaf
4 cups filtered water or homemade vegetable stock
1 medium carrot diced
1 medium onion diced
[Chopped greens: arugula, asparagus, bok choy, collard greens, green beans, kale, parsley, dandelion leaves, beet greens, swiss chard, spinach]
1 cup dandelion greens, chopped
1 cup parsley, chopped
½ inch fresh ginger, minced or mashed (use grater, or mortar and pestle)
½ cup diced burdock root (optional)
- fresh minced cilantro
- ground coriander spice
- raw or toasted sunflower seeds
- raw or toasted pumpkin seeds
- raw hemp seeds
- fresh ground ginger
- fresh lime juice,
- unsweetened shaved coconut meat.
- Rinse dal and rice and drain well.
- In a large heavy pot, on medium temperature, heat ghee until it is hot. Stir in mustard seeds, cover with a lid until they pop.
- Add remainder of dry spices and cook uncovered for about 20 seconds.
- Add rice and dal and cook for another 20-30 seconds.
- Add water and stir, then add carrots, onions, fresh ginger, burdock root and greens.
- Increase heat to medium high, bring to a boil, then cover pot with a lid, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until dal is soft.
- Serve in a bowl and garnish with cilantro, salt, ground coriander, sunflower pumpkin or hemp seeds, and any of the other toppings.