By Maria Flynn
Time: 30 to 40 minutes
- 1 to 1 1/2 Cups of chopped organic butternut squash (bite size)
- Organic Coconut Oil (about 1 Tbl)
- 1/2 Cup chopped organic white onion
- 2 Crushed organic garlic cloves
- 1 Scoop (about 2 tbl) of organic coconut oil
- 1/2 Cup organic brown rice
- 1/2 Cup organic Quinoa
- 2 Cups organic and free range chicken broth
- 1/2 Tsp of organic Cumin (add more if you like spice)
- 1/2 Tsp of organic Tumeric (add more if you like spice)
- 1/2 Tsp of organic Curry (add more if you like spice)
- 1/2 Tsp of organic Powdered Ginger (add more if you like spice)
- 1 Can organic chick peas
- Pink Himalayan Salt (to taste)
- Cayenne pepper for heat (to taste or replace with black or white pepper)
Place chopped butter nut squash in oven roasting tray with coconut oil and salt at 375 degrees until edges are brown and squash is soft.
While squash is cooking, begin rice as follows: In a pot, heat coconut oil and fry onions and garlic until translucent. Add rice, quinoa, chicken stock and remainder of herbs to rice. Stir and cook as directed (usually about 20 minutes, depending on rice or quinoa brand). During last 5 minutes of rice cooking, add can of chick peas.
Once both the rice and butternut squash or done, combine them gently and serve!
Ways You Can Eat Kitchari
After chopping the butternut squash, use what you need for this recipe and freeze the rest for another batch later. I like my kitchari a bit more on the hot and spicy side and the sweet butternut squash gives it a nice balance. You can add more or less, depending on your taste.
I prepare a batch of this and leave it in the refrigerator for the week. For dinner, use it as a side dish OR as a main dish with a light salad. For breakfast use a small scoop with an egg. The herbs in this recipe are known for their health benefits and curative properties. To reheat, I use a bit more coconut oil in a pan and fry it (never use a microwave).
For a twist as a dish on it’s own, try fresh chopped cilantro on top and a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a few slices of avocado.
Kitchari is considered a traditional “comfort food” in India and is very detoxifying. My recipe is not the traditional white basmati rice and mung bean…but very healthy just the same. This is one of my favorite dishes. Enjoy!