Rice cooked with chana dal (split chickpeas), aromatic spices, cilantro, mustard seeds, etc. One-pot! and made in authentic Indian style. A must-try.
It is one-pot dish, mainly and loaded with nutrients. As with all Garden Recipes, you will again learn a lot of positive changes and health in this recipe too.
Here is another anti-cancer recipe - yes!! It is loaded with organic turmeric and other healing spices. Loaded with sulfur - onions and garlic. Add to it anti-inflammatory ginger. Perfect!
Also, we are going to continue with positive changes -
1. Bringing back organic mustard oil! Why did we Indians ever leave such a gift of Nature and listened to Western media for refined/vegetable oil?! No more. Back to basics - welcome back!, mustard oil.
2. We will also add organic, UN-refined coconut oil - Yes, high HEALTHY fat diet is the key.
3. Double or triple the turmeric - Trust me you won't know. It will taste better plus this way your body is sure to get a good dose of turmeric in every bite.
4. LOTS of ginger - garlic.
5. LOT of cumin seeds (digestive) as well as mustard seeds (powerhouse of nutrients esp. copper) for tadka.
6. Did you know cilantro/coriander is one of the most powerful anti-cancer herb? It is blood cleansing. I use 1 whole bunch in each of my dishes - and so is here.
7. Now, we are cooking in STEEL - another stupid American trend to throw away. No more non-stick. Cooking in steel required little more watch and time but well, your body is not getting teflon and lead in dinner. SO....I say go for it . It can be done.
8. More lentils - less rice.
9. Use cayenne for red chili taste - it is anti-cancer as it is blood cleansing.
10. NO MORE white table salt - Only organic Himalayan sea salt.
11. We will add organic apple cider vinegar at the end - more healing power! More ways to harmonize and alkalize our bodies. Plus, it makes the taste of the dish even more better. Perfect! Awesome!
1. 1-2 organic yellow onions
2. 2-3 tomatoes
3. Ginger-garlic - lots
4. Organic basmati rice/any - about 6-7 oz.
5. Split chickpea (OR ANY OF YOUR CHOICE) or any of your choice - 1 cup approx. soaked for few hrs.
Spices and oils -
1. Organic mustard and coconut oil
2. Cayenne - per taste
3. Organic turmeric - 2 FULL tablespoon - see pics
4. Cumin/coriander/garam masala - 1 tablespoon EACH - see my tablespoon size in pics. Note - If don't have garam masala, ignore it. IF wanting less spicy, add only 1/2 tablespoon each and you will be fine.
5. Organic Himalayan sea salt - per taste.
6. Mustard and cumin seeds - 1 tablespoon of cumin + 1/2 tablespoon of mustard seeds each - see pics
7. Organic, UN-refined apple cider vinegar
Simple steps -
1. Soak lentils in water for few hrs.
2. In pan add in this order - onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, cumin seeds, coconut oil and mustard oil. Saute on medium till soft.
3. Add spices (2 to 5) and add about 1/2 cup water so it won't stick or burn. Put on medium low.
4. Cover for 4-5 mins and then add lentils, rice and mix. Add water till top and boil on medium. Mix and turn on low - simmer covered. KEEP WATCH as in steel you will need to add more water. OR you can cook lentil/rice first in cooker and then just add here.
5. Make tadka/tempering in meanwhile - on low add coconut oil and mustard seeds. Let them splutter and then switch off, add cayenne.
6. Mix when rice done, mix cilantro after rice has cooled a bit.
7. After about 20-25 minutes when food is no longer too hot, add organic apple cider vinegar and mix. Serve! Do also share with your DOGS - yes! my dogs love this fresh food and I add this - about 2 tablespoon with rice or even plain rice mix. Much better than that crap called dog food in plastic. LOL. Enjoy!
NOTE: - MUSTARD SEEDS ARE BITTER - ADD LESS FIRST AND LESS GINGER AS WELL.
Single (Adult portion size) - This would serve approx. 4-6 servings, depending on your individual serving preference.
2 people (Adult portion size) - approx. 2 serving each.
Family of 4 - Each a good quantity.
For those with SUGAR issues:-
If you have sugar issues, you can still enjoy this recipe with 2 very simple, easy options!
1. REDUCE the quantity of rice and add some quinoa. So, you can do, say, 30% rice to 70% quinoa.
2. OR, you can eliminate rice completely - make the recipe as is, and mix in quinoa instead of rice.
And remember, to add some Ceylon cinnamon to your food when cooking AND when ready to eat. Enjoy!
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