Fun fact: I ate chili for the first time this past year and I loved it.
Another fun fact: According to this website, kitchari is the American version of chili.
In my opinion these two versions are delicious and contain some form of lentils, but really have nothing else in common.
When I was growing up my mom made me kitchari whenever I was sick and had trouble keeping food down.
Thankfully this was the first dish that she ever taught me how to make and I have been eating it a lot this week as I am fighting a cold.
So the next time you feel a bit under the weather, try this version of “American Chili”.
What you will need:
- 1 cup of Basmati Rice for every 1/2 cup of Mung dal (split yellow peas)*
- 1/2 an onion
- 2 –3 tbs olive oil
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tsp of black cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3-5 cups of water
* 2 cups of rice makes about 5 servings.
1. Fry some chopped onion+ garlic ginger paste on a medium heat in olive oil.
2. After a few minutes add the dal and rice (lightly rinsed) to the onion and ginger-garlic paste.
3. Also add cinnamon stick+ cardamom+ black cumin seeds+turmeric powder+salt.
4. Let everything mix for about 10 minutes (should start to smell really good)
5. Cover everything with water a little bit higher than the level of the rice
6. Cover and cook for 45 minutes.
Last fun fact: Kitchari also tastes amazing with potato chips, Doritos in particular.
What meal do you eat when you are sick?