This dish is actually called, Kitchari which is a staple comfort food in India. The word “kitchari’ means “mixture” or “mess” as in “mess of pottage” or “mess of stew” or porridge. Judging from the picture below you can tell why… but I am here to tell you why you should try this jumbled mess – it is medicine.
2 cups short grain brown rice
4 1/4 cups cold water
3/4 teaspoon sea salt or rock salt
1 tablespoon ground cumin (freshly ground makes a huge difference)
1 tablespoon ground coriander (freshly ground makes a huge difference)
1 tablespoon turmeric
- In a large saucepot under medium high heat, pour the mung beans, brown rice and cold water together. Bring to boil and then reduce heat and cover for 45 minutes.
- In the meantime, in a skillet; heat oil and fry the salt, cumin, coriander and turmeric until fragrant. Pour into the mung bean mixture and combine well to fuse all ingredients together nicely.
- To the finished product you can top with some chopped up fresh ginger (good for circulation), a couple tablespoons of plain yogurt…and squeezes of lime.