Kitchari: the ultimate immunity dish

Jun 11

Fuelling our bodies with healthy and nutritious food is imperative for our immune systems as we prepare for the cooler months.

In this recipe, Lou West, Director of Yoga and Meditation at RISE by Studio PP, shares her favourite work from home lunch; kitchari, a delicious blend of lentils and spices that is commonly known for its healing properties. This traditional Indian dish is not only easy to make, but incredibly economical to cook for the whole family.

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp  Banyan Botanicals Kitchari Spice Mix
  • 1 cup basmati or jasmine rice
  • 1 cup split red lentils
  • 2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 3 cups of vegetables (anything you have in the house i.e. spinach, sweet potato and kale)
  • 6 cups of water

Method

  1. Soak the rice and lentils in a bowl covered with water for 12 hours (we recommend doing this the night before eating).
  2. Once the rice and lentils have finished soaking, heat a large pot over a medium/high heat and melt the ghee.
  3. Add the spice mix and stir for one minute to release the fragrance.
  4. Drain and rinse the rice and lentils under running water. Add to the pot and stir to combine with the spices.
  5. Add 6 cups of water. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer.
  6. Add the vegetables (hard root vegetables first, followed by softer vegetables) and stir to combine.
  7. Cook for 30-40 minutes. Once complete, the kitchari will have the consistency of a thick soup.
  8. Serve with chopped coriander, lime juice and Greek yoghurt or Indian chutney.

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