This is my version of kitchari. Kitchari (pronounced kitch-ah-ree ) is a traditional ayurvedic dish. A grounding and warming rice and split pea porridge of sorts made with spices, ginger and garlic. I find it a wonderful dish to make in big batches to last a few evenings during winter. Especially when I feel a cold coming on or need some nurturing and looking after.
I used jasmine rice in this version but I have also tried basmati, it just took longer to cook. Brown rice works too, but again, it is amuch longer cooking time. One of the beauties of this dish is you can make it intuitively to suit your preference. Spice it up with some chilli, add a little more cumin if you love that. Stir in some coriander at the end for some extra freshness if you like.
I love adding a generous dash of fresh lemon at the end of cooking any curry, dahl or soup and find it helps to bring out the flavours. So give this one a try and let me know what you think !