Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in | 12 Comments

I was browsing the website of deAnna Anderson, a Dallas Jivamukti yoga teacher, and found a recipe for Kitchari.  The recipe was given to her by her teacher, founder of Jivamukti yoga and vegan chef, Sharon Gannon.

Kitchari is often made with mung beans, ghee, brown rice, and spices.  I was excited to see this recipe that uses red lentils, brown rice, and coconut milk.  I added ginger, chili flakes, cilantro, and lime but you can be creative with the seasonings.

Kitchari is a staple food of the Ayurvedic system.  Ayurveda is the healing side of yoga, offering easily applicable tools to stay balanced using the proper diet and exercise for our own unique bodies.

Eating right for our own bodies is the key to wellness.  It has been a way of the past, and I believe, will be the wave of the future.  Convoluted, contradictory information is forcing us to take a more prevalent role in our health so that we learn to pay attention to how our bodies, thoughts, and emotions react to certain foods.  There is no one size fits all diet, despite the claims of contemporary pop diet fads.

When we eat properly, our body is less likely to become out of balance, thus taming the potential for disease and ill health.  This time of year seems to bring on sinus issues, allergies, colds, flu, and many other easily spread viruses that can cause sickness, so it is good to eat warming, calming, hypoallergenic foods so the body does not become out of balance.  Good food is the best medicine.

If ayurveda sounds confusing or you’re not interested, just think of this as a simple red lentil and brown rice soup with coconut milk, spices, cilantro, and lime, that is calming to the system, easy for the body to digest, great source of vegetarian protein, and super delicious.

Kitchari – Red Lentil and Brown Rice Soup with Coconut Milk

Recipe adapted from Kitchari by Sharon Gannon

4 cups vegetable broth

4 cups purified water

2 cups red lentils, divided

1 cup short grain brown rice (or brown basmati rice)

1 1″ piece peeled fresh ginger (leave whole)

1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)

1 15 ounce can full fat organic Coconut Milk

1 block extra firm tofu, drained and diced into bite sized pieces

1/4 cup chopped cilantro, plus whole leaves for garnish

juice of 1 lime, plus additional lime wedges for garnish

Sea salt as needed for seasoning, likely around 2 teaspoons

Place vegetable broth, water, 1 1/2 cup red lentils, brown rice, ginger, and chili flakes in large dutch oven or soup pot and heat over medium heat until mixture begins to simmer.  Turn heat to medium low heat, and stir occasionally until lentils soften, about 30 minutes.  Add additional half cup of lentils and cook additional 15-20 minutes.  Add coconut milk, tofu (if using), and cilantro and cook until heated through, 5 minutes.  Season with salt and lime juice.  Serve right away with additional cilantro and lime or refrigerate up to 3 days.

 

 

12 Comments

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes
    December 6, 2012

    A perfectly warming and comforting soup. YUM!

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    • Jessie
      December 9, 2012

      It sure was, Angie! Thanks for stopping by.

      Reply
  2. Parvati
    December 8, 2012

    Yummy! This looks amazing! I’m going to try it. I love your informative post too, acharya :)

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    • Jessie
      December 9, 2012

      Danuvara, Parvati :) Can’t wait to see you xoxo

      Reply
  3. suzanne
    December 14, 2012

    I made this tonight and it was delicious. I also added Savory Spice Shop’s chat masala. super good!

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    • Jessie
      December 14, 2012

      Hi Suzanne, So happy to hear you liked it. Great idea adding chat masala, I will borrow that idea next time I make this soup. :) Thanks!

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  4. Debbie
    December 20, 2012

    I made this tonight, and OMG. It is so delicious!!! Great comfort food on a chilly evening!!!!!

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    • Jessie
      December 21, 2012

      Yay! So happy you liked it! Thank you for letting me know you made it and enjoyed! :)

      Reply
  5. Mary
    January 10, 2013

    Like you, I’m not strictly vegetarian, raw or vegan, but we don’t eat a lot of meat in our house, and when we do, I try to buy it from our farmer’s market so I can find out exactly what it is I’m feeding my family and how it was raised and processed. It’s never cheaper, so I try to make a really nice meal with whatever I end up getting.

    I’m VERY excited to try this tomorrow with my find from last weekend: Chicken sausage with Thai spices, garlic, chilies and lemongrass. I liked what I had tried, but had been wondering how I’d actually use it, until my sister in Texas messaged me the link to this recipe, which she was making for dinner tonight. We are all recovering from colds, and I’m sure this will be doubly comforting on a cold Michigan night. Thank you.

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  6. Michelle
    January 16, 2013

    I am personally not a fan of tofu. Could I make this without or would it be lacking? I hope I could as it sounds wonderful (aside from the tofu) to me :)

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    • Jessie
      January 16, 2013

      Hey Michelle, You may certainly make the soup without tofu; in fact, you can add cubed chicken breasts instead of tofu for additional protein if you’d like. Will taste good without tofu or chicken, too!

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  7. Jenn
    January 17, 2013

    I just made this soup for lunch. It’s spectacular! Couldn’t keep the husband out of it. The lime juice and coconut milk with cilantro really make it pop. So yummy!!

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