Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Digestive Kitchuri

Kitchuri (kit-chew-ree)- This is a  Indian dish which is known for it's digestive benefits. My recipe serves 2-3 people and takes about 25 minutes to make. Also, I used onion and tomato in mine which are the staples, but feel free to add as many vegetables as you like. This should be used as a base the experiment with.


Ingredients:
1 tbsp of Ghee or Vegan Butter
½ cup of Brown or wild rice
1 cup of Mung Daal (boiled)
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 large Onion chopped
1 large tomato chopped
5 stems of Coriander leaves
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp red chili powder
½ tsp asafetida
2 whole red chilies
3 cups of water


**for people with serious bowel conditions you may want to leave the chilly out or begin with a very small amount. They have numerous health benefits, but until you know how the spice effects your system it is better to experiment slowly.**



Method:
Begin by soaking the rice and mung dal separately in water for about 45 minutes. Then mix the rice and the mung dal together in a bowl and rinse them toroughly under fresh water. While they are soaking you can chop the onions and tomatoes.

Using a large pot, kadhai, or pressure cooker, begin by warming your earth blance or ghee  for 30 seconds. Following ths, add your cumin seeds. We do this in order to bring out the flavour and some nutritional benefits of the seed. Once the mixture stops crackling add the rest of the spices except your chili powder and whole chillies.

Following this, add your chopped onions and fry them until they are soft brown in colour. Add your tomatoes and chillies. Stir for approximately 5 minutes and then add in your mug dal and rice. Stir all the ingredients well, insuring to cover all the dal and rice in your vegetables and spies. then add 3 cups of water. Cover and let summer for 20 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves and lime and enjoy!

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