April 24, 2013

Ayurvedic Meal


Enjoy this soothing, healing dish. I like to prepare the rice and lentils separately and mix them in my bowl.


Brown Rice with Peas, Mint and Basil

Rinse 1 cup brown rice.

Pour into a cooking pot 3 cups water.

Bring to a boil; then reduce to simmer.

Add 1 teaspoon salt and 2 Tablespoons olive oil.

Simmer, covered, on low heat for 45 minutes.



Mince 2 large handfuls fresh basil and 1 small handful fresh mint.



When the rice is 5 minutes or less from completion, add:

minced herbs

½ cup peas (either shelled ones or whole sugar snap peas)


When rice is cooked, add roasted beets and a splash of lemon juice. Mix everything together, taste for salt, and serve!


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Simple Dahl

Rinse 2 cups yellow split lentils. Drain and bring to a boil with 5 cups water.

Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Skim off any white foam that develops and discard it.

In a skillet, heat 1 Tablespoon ghee or coconut oil with:

            1 teaspoon salt

            1 Tablespoon each: cumin, garam masala

            1 teaspoon each: turmeric and coriander

Add vegetables such as beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, collards, kale and spinach to the skillet. Add 1 cup water, cover, and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. Mix into the lentils, stir, and enjoy!


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Raita

            1 large unpeeled cucumber, halved, seeded, coarsely grated

            2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt

            ¼ cup (packed) chopped fresh mint OR cilantro

            1 teaspoon ground cumin

            Salt to taste

Whisk yogurt, mint or cilantro, and cumin in medium bowl to blend. Add cucumbers and toss to coat. Season raita to taste with salt. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. It can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.


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Cilantro/Mint Coconut Lime Chutney

In a food processor, mix:

            ½ cup water

            ½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

            1 teaspoon salt

            Juice of one fresh lime

            Freshly chopped cilantro (½ bunch)

            Freshly chopped mint (½ bunch)

Blend at highest speed for 2 minutes.
Enjoy with rice and spicy dishes.

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