Kitchari is primitive to the Ayurvedic way of life. This entire food is easy to digest and gives vitality and strength. It cultivates all the tissues of the body. Kitchari is the preferred food to use while going through cleansing programs such as panchakarma or fasting on a mono fast. Excellent food for de-aging of the cells and for detoxification.
Here we modify it a little and form this simple dish into patty form. Dressed with a bit of hot sauce or green chutney, it can be served as a snack, lunch, or dinner.
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1 cup red lentils
- 1 cup brown rice (basmati, long grain, or short grain)
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup of each of 3 veggies of choice, finely chopped (broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, potatoes, peas, carrots, kale, etc.)
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1-2 tablespoon oil
- In a medium pot, combine 1 tablespoon oil, onion garlic and ginger and then sauté on medium heat until it becomes light brown.
- Add red lentils, water and rice and bring the sauté to a low boil. Let it cook for 20-25 minutes until lentils and rice are cooked and it has reached porridge like consistency. Uncover pot, turn off heat, and let it rest. It will thicken a bit.
- When lentils and rice are done cooking, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet and add mustard seeds and cumin. Heat on medium low until mustard seeds begin to pop, usually 1-2 minutes. Do not let them burn.
- Add black pepper and turmeric to oil and stir.
- Add chopped vegetables of choice to skillet and cook on medium low heat until just it is just tendered and then add salt to taste. Then add fresh herbs and stir into cooling lentil or rice mixture.
- Preheat oven to over 400°F and lightly oil the line or baking sheet with parchment paper.
- When it becomes enough cool to handle, form kichari into small balls with your hands and lay on sheet, spaced evenly. Bake at 400°F for 10-15 minutes on each side until it becomes crispy and golden brown. They will remain soft from the inside. Alternatively, you can shallow fry these patties.
Drizzle with chutney, or condiment of choice.