This variation of the kitchari recipe is ideal for a pitta imbalance or constitution

Pitta needs cooling and soothing. The spices and ingredients in this recipe help with acid reflux and heartburn, excessive heat, inflammation, eczema and is a cleanse for the liver and colon.

INGREDIENTS

Spices:

  • 1/4 a teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 1/3 tablespoon of fennel seeds
  • 1/3 tablespoon of coriander seeds
  • 1/8 tablespoon of cardamom powder
  • 1/8 a teaspoon of whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon of ground ginger
  • pinch of pink himalayan salt or rock salt

Vegetables:

  • 1/2 a Butternut Squash
  • 1/2 to 1 Courgette
  • Bunch of Asparagus
  • 1 Celery Stick
  • Handful of Kale Leaves
  • Bunch of Coriander Leaves

Beans/Lentils, Rice and Liquid:

  • 2 tablespoons Ghee to saute/fry the vegetables
  • 125 grams of mung/moong dal (this is the yellow split version)
  • 125 grams of white basmati rice
  • 1 litre to 1.5 litres of water (or vegetable or chicken stock)
  • 1 lime or lemon – juiced
  • Ghee for serving (if vegan leave this out and use oil for cooking the veg)
  • Shredded Coconut (optional)
  • Flatbread or Pitta Bread to accompany if this is the midday main meal of the day (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Blend the seeded spices in a grinder or blender
  2. Chop all the vegetables into bite size chunks
  3. Heat the Ghee in a saucepan
  4. Add all the spices
  5. Add the water/stock and boil
  6. Add the mung dal (this will take a bit longer to cook than the veg and rice)
  7. Simmer for around 10-15 minutes
  8. Add the chopped vegetables (excluding the spinach)
  9. Cook for another 10 minutes or until the veg is cooked
  10. Add the lemon juice and salt and stir
  11. Add the fresh chopped coriander but leave some back for serving
  12. Serve warm with a teaspoon of melted ghee, shredded coconut and chopped coriander

Eat in a peaceful setting without disturbances and enjoy the beneficial effect this food has on the body.  Not only is it delicious and flavoursome, but is also healthy, nourishing and cooling.  Pitta may be able to eat a larger portion but eat slowly and notice when you are full.