This is an Ayurvedic Indian dish that I have made many times. It not only tastes delicious, but also happens to be a perfectly balanced meal. It's main purpose is to rid your body of unwanted gases and toxins, but it also will make your weight plummet if eaten consistently for a week. Don't worry, the week passes quickly, and you will feel great when it is over.
So, this week instead of trying fast food, why not try some fasting food! Enjoy!
What you need:
*1 cup brown basmati rice (rinsed 7 times)
*1 cup split yellow mung dhal (rinsed 7 times). Use only *split yellow mung dhal, it removes gas instead of causing gas. (I find mine in a local Asian super market)
*1 green chili (chopped)
*1 tablespoon ghee (this is a natural kind of butter, its fine to use)
*1 tsp of mustard seeds
*1 tsp of turmeric, fennel, cumin, coriander powder
*1 large piece of fresh ginger (finely chopped)
*Pinch of hing (asafoetida)- try your local natural food store for this one.
*3-4 whole cloves
*3-4 cardamon pods (remove after cooking, do not eat them)!!!
*3 liters of boiled hot water
*1-2 cups of finely chopped vegetables (Bok choy, pak choy, asparagus, green beans, sweet potato, pumpkin, zucchini, radishes, squash, english spinach, leafy greens) Choose your favorites, you do not have to use them all.
What to do:
Wash the rice and mung bean separately in at least 2 changes of water. Put basmati rice and split yellow mung beans in a bowl. Rub mixture between your hands for 30 seconds. Drain the water and repeat the above action 7 times until the water is clear.
Heat 1 level tablespoon of ghee on medium heat. Add mustard seeds and fry. Add the green chili, fresh ginger root and the other spices and vegetables. The turmeric should be added last. Fry the mixture for one minute.
Now, add the brown basmati rice and split yellow mung beans to the mixture and stir on medium heat for 1 minute. Add 3 liters of boiled hot water, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.