One pot, lots of yum.
I love this meal because it’s one of the easiest to make. One pot, everything goes in, and it comes out super yummy. It’s hearty, nutritious, and we don’t ever feel tired after eating it. Plus it’s very customizable to your tastes and preferences.
Add whatever veggies you want… the ones below are just options. Sometimes I use fennel or okra or turnips… I just use what I have on hand, but the list below is pretty standard. If you can have garlic, add it in with the onions. It’s great with garlic. I miss garlic.
I call it a Khichdi, but it is really a very loose interpretation of Indian Khichdi.
This dish was inspired by a really great company called Eastern Essence that sold a great organic khichdi. All their products are GMO-free, allergy-free, supported organic farming in India (where the use of GMOs and chemicals is getting pretty disastrous), and so it is helping support good companies and practices while being healthy and easy. It is Ayurvedically balanced and everything. We used to buy packages by the dozen b/c they were so easy to make, we felt good after eating them, and they tasted sooo good.
Unfortunately, not enough people knew about how extremely healthy and helpful this company was, so it is no longer running. However, I still believe they’ll come back. I’m not letting go of that dream!
A long time ago, it wasn’t such a big deal to get nutritious food. Your local farmer grew it for you, or it was in your own backyard garden. Once mass food production started though, the food quality went way down, due to many factors like overworking the fields, growing the same crop over and over in large quantities, herbicides, pesticides, and now GMOs which are genetically altered plants.
“It is now possible for plants to be engineered with genes taken from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans.”
-from an article by the Institute for Responsible Technology
Rice engineered with human genes?
Think you are vegetarian or vegan but eating non-organic veggies? Think again. Who knows, that rice may be your own descendant.
So when you are shopping, please support organic. It is not only helping YOU be healthier, but it is helping the earth, the farmers and companies who are trying to make a difference, and it will even help the economy by not supporting these big bio-tech companies who want to patent food.
“But I don’t have time for all this!” Me either. So just buy organic, and you don’t have to think about all this GMO stuff.
And this recipe: one pot and one spoon. That’s all the dishes you need. Oh, and a knife and cutting board if you want to add some more chopped veggies.
Super Fast Veggie Khichdi
- 1 1/2 cups organic rice (I use basmati, but jasmine is another good option), washed and rinsed
- 3/4 cup organic red lentils, washed and rinsed
- 1 small organic onion, diced
- 1 organic carrot, chopped
- 1 good handful organic green beans, chopped
- 1 cup organic peas
- 1 organic zucchini, chopped
- 1 organic tomato, chopped
- 1 head organic lettuce
- organic cilantro for garnish
- 1 teaspoon organic turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon organic cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon organic paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon organic mustard seeds
- salt and pepper to taste
- organic veggie oil, high-heat (like sunflower)
- 2-4 cups water
- Pot and spoon
- Knife and cutting board
- Heat oil in a large deep pan, or big pot.
- Add spices and stir until fragrant.
- Add rice and lentils and stir until well coated.
- Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add water slowly. It should cover the rice and lentils by about an inch or so.
- Add carrots, beans, peas and zucchini, and stir together.
- Cook for 20 min, stirring occasionally. Add water if needed. You’ll know it’s done b/c the rice is done and the lentils are getting soft and mushy.
- Once it’s cooked, add tomato and cilantro.
- Serve over a bed of lettuce (optional) and add flax seed oil on top.