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Indian Khicheri In Ayurvedic Preparation

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Ayurveda is the ancient Indian philosophy of health and wellbeing. It means the ‘art of living wisely.’ In simple terms, Ayurveda is a holistic system which guides us so that we can live a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. It recognises that we are all unique and focuses on lifestyle, yoga and herbal remedies and of course food. In this video Anjali Pathak shows how to cook ‘Kitcheri’, a one pot dish containing ingredients with many Ayurvedic properties - histone rice, lentils, vegetables and wonderful healing spices. It is fully balanced, nutritious and inexpensive.
Ingredients
  Vegetable oil 2 Tablespoon
  Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Black pepper 1 Teaspoon, lightly crushed
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Balti paste 3 Tablespoon (Pataki's)
  Basmati rice 3 1⁄2 Ounce, washed well and left to soak in cold water for 30 minutes (100 Gram)
  Moong dal/Yellow gram / toovar dal 3 1⁄2 Ounce, washed well and left to soak in cold water for 2 hours (100 Gram Yellow Split Moong Beans)
  Baking potato 1 , peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
  Leek 1 , cleaned and chopped
  Spinach 3 Ounce, washed (75 Gram)
  Tomato 1 , chopped
  Boiling water 2 1⁄2 Pint
  Sugar 1 Pinch
  Salt To Taste
  Lime 1⁄2 , juiced
Directions

In a pan heat the oil and add the cumin seeds and black pepper. When the seeds begin to sizzle add the turmeric powder and Patak’s Balti Paste. Sprinkle in a few drops of water and stir well. Drain the lentils and rice and add to the masala. After 1 minute add the leeks and allow to cook for a further minute before pouring in enough boiling water to cover the grains by about 5cm (2 inches). Add the potatoes, stir and cover. Allow the kitcheri to come to the boil before reducing the heat and allowing it to simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally during cooking and add more water if required. After 20 minutes add the tomatoes and spinach.
The kitcheri is cooked through when the grains are squashed easily between your fingers and when the rice is soft. Most of the water should have been absorbed. Add the sugar and check the seasoning, adjusting the salt if necessary. Finally, squeeze in the lime juice (if using).
Serve simply with fresh hot chapattis.
Anjali’s Tip : For an interesting twist why not garnish with the seeds of half a pomegranate. This fruit is fantastic for purifying the blood and cleansing the stomach.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Indian
Servings: 
4
Subtitle: 
Rice And Dal Mix
Do you intend to revamp your taste bud and cook something herbal? Switch to organic food and prepare yummy Khichdi, a mix of rice and dal at home. With Anjali Patak you can cook this Asian delight for a healthy living.

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