To live in one of the most amazing vacation destinations in the world is a gift. I mean come on its pretty freaking amazing to wake up every morning and be able to take a long walk on a beach in HAWAII. Everyday 1,000's of Americans, and people all over the world for that matter, sit at their desks, at home, in a coffee shop, as the crazy city buzz's around them while they dream of a trip to Hawaii. During that time here we are living the salty sandy sweet island life. It is very rich here and I mean rich as in an abundance of Friends, Family, organic fruits and veggies from friends farms, Sun, Adventures, its all endless!
All I'm seeing these days is the news for all of you out there on the mainland is " MORE SNOW FORECASTED FOR THIS WEEKEND".......I'm sure it's getting a tad old!! I mean I'm not even in that weather and I'm over here like " MORE? MORE SNOW???" If you are enjoying it I am so happy and glad but for many....I'm sure your not.
SO. I want to try and help you get through this hard winter season as well as I can. This is a rough time no sun, no flowers blooming in the park, Long dark nights. It's a time where we need to be giving our bodies all these healthy vitamins we get in the summer months from Sunlight, from sweet smells, from all the fresh veggies, from being active. So in order to nourish our bodies as best we can during these cold dark months I highly suggest incorporating the fallowing into your winter lifestyle.
First off NOURISHING FOOD. Its the most IMPORTANT thing you can give your body. I don't mean getting takeout from the place down the street or the "Organic pizza" joint that you tell yourself is healthy because its "ORGANIC" but its still a bunch of dough and cheese. I mean cooking yourself a beautiful wholesome warm NOURISHING MEAL. If you don't have a kitchen or are unable to make yourself food for some reason, Then I suggest finding a restaurant that caters to either Ayurvedic diet or somewhere that makes fresh soups or dishes from organic wholesome ingredients (not the Pizza joint though!). Why I say Organic Wholesome Ingredients and why I think its so important is because when you eat food that isn't ORGANIC it doesnt have the same MINERALS. The food has been created in a Lab a lot of the time and has been GENETICALLY MODIFIED to suite the needs of most customers. MORE FOR YOUR BUCK such as BIG Tomatoes instead of smaller ones where you may have to buy 3 instead just buy 1 JIANT one that could be mistaken for a pumpkin, thats just one example but there is many!
I have collected from my personal cookbook.......That one day will be published....one of my favorite winter recipes. This is a dish that will kick any flu solve your hunger AND keep you warm and happy during these dark months.
I give to you KITCHARI. Kitchari is a very thick soup style dish with a base of Basmati Rice and Mung Dahl (It's a split mung bean). Mung Dahl is full of lots of protein and dietary Fiber. Yellow Mung Dahl is very Nourishing and strengthening to all tissues in the body and is very soft on the digestive system.
1/2 cup basmati rice
1 cup mung dal (split yellow)
6 cups (approx.) water
1/2 to 1 inch ginger root, chopped or grated
a bit of mineral salt (1/4 tsp. or so)
2 tsp. ghee
1/2 tsp. coriander powder
1/2 tsp. cumin powder
1/2 tsp. whole cumin seeds 1/4 tsp. of Fresh Cayenne
1 Inch of fresh turmeric rood grated or 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
Handful fresh cilantro leaves
1 and 1/2 cups of a combination of Sweet potato, Cauliflower or Broccoli, and carrots. 1 Cup of Fresh Kale or Swiss Chard chopped in strips.
Rinse Rice and Mung Dahl. Soak for 30 minutes to 3 hours. Drain. In a large soup pot over medium heat add 2 teaspoons of Ghee, The coriander Powder, Cumin Powder, and Cayenne Pepper. Cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Then add freshly grated or chopped Ginger root, turmeric, and vegetables leaving out the Kale or Swiss Chard. Cook another 3 minutes. Add rice and lentils toss until coated in the ghee and spices. Add enough water to cover the lentils, rice, and Vegetables to the first digit on your index finger. let cook on medium low for about 15 minutes stirring often. As it cooks it will thicken and you may need to add more water. You don't want it to dry out but you don't want it soupy and runny. A nice thick stew consistency is what you're looking for.
After about 20-25 minutes of cooking test rice and lentils to see if done. When its ready add Kale or Swiss Chard and salt to taste. I recommend serving with a nice fresh Naan bread that you can make yourself or most health food stores carry them. Kitchari can be kept in the fridge for about 6 days. ENJOY!