Ayurvedic Cookin’

TRADITIONAL KITCHIRI RECIPE – Kitchiri is the generic name for a rice and lentil porridge. It can be soupy or thick depending on your preference, and made with our without vegetables. It’s extremely easy to digest, and is said to cleanse the body of toxins. This is an extremely flexible recipe, so try it once or twice and make any adjustments according to your tastes. This traditional kitchiri recipe comes straight out of the Ganga Darshan Restaurant in Rishikesh, India.

1 cup split yellow mung beans or green lentils
1/2 cup approx. of basmati white rice
4-6 cups approx. water
2 tablespoons of ghee (clarified butter) or any cooking oil
1-2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1-2 cups vegetables (optional)

Wash the rice and lentils and soak together with water for 4-8 hours or overnight. Drain the water and put the rice and lentils in a heavy pot (you can also use a pressure cooker, but adjust the cooking time accordingly). Add water so that it’s half a finger (or about 1 inch) above the mixture. Add the turmeric. Cover and bring to a boil on high heat, then turn the heat down and let simmer until the mixture is mushy. Approx 30-45 minutes. Add more water if needed. If adding vegetables add the longer cooking ones like carrots and potatoes after about 20 minutes and the leafy greens near the end. Then mix it with a whisk or fork for a minute or until it becomes a little bit mashed. In a frying pan heat the ghee or oil and cook the cumin seeds until they make a popping sound. Add the seeds and oil directly to the rice mixture and mix it well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

GOLDEN MILK RECIPE – Golden milk is an incredibly cleansing and healing beverage. It works to heal from the inside out and uses the magical ingredient, turmeric. This recipe comes from the Grandmother of the Ganga Darshan Crew in Rishikesh, India, and is a recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation.

1 cup of milk
1 spoon of turmeric powder or fresh turmeric root (the best option!)
1 pinch of black pepper
Sugar or honey to taste (optional)

Place the milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Add all of the other ingredients and bring it to a boil, stirring often, so as not to scald the milk. Turn off the heat, cover the mixture and let sit for about 10 minutes. Serve warm. This “ayurvedic tea” is best served before sleep.