The concept of agni, the Sanskrit word for ‘fire,’ is rather essential to the Ayurvedic tradition. Ayurveda views agni as the very source of life. It is said that a man is as old as his agni and that when agni is extinguished, we die. Perhaps even more significantly, Ayurveda teaches us that impaired agni is at the root of every imbalance and disease. Continue Reading >
In a large bowl, cover the urad dal with water and soak overnight or for 6–8 hours. Once soaked, drain the dal and wash three times with clean water, then set aside.
Warm 1 tablespoon of ghee, and sauté ginger, garlic, and chili powder (or whole chili) in a large saucepan. Add the dal and stir until coated. Over medium heat, add the water and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until the dal is soft to taste. Once the dal is cooked, add the tomato puree, fenugreek, garam masala, and nutmeg. Also stir in the salt, pepper, and hing. If using zucchini, add this now as well. Cover, and continue to simmer 10 more minutes.
Add in the coconut milk slowly while stirring, and add salt to taste. Mash the lentils a little with a spoon, or use an immersion blender if you prefer. Add the remaining tablespoon of ghee and stir gently.
Serve with rice or chapati and garnish with fresh cilantro.
An alternative to the classic kitchari, this recipe combines creamy urad dal with basmati rice and agni strengthening spices. Keep this vata balancing kitchari on hand during times of cleansing, or when you’re looking for a simple and delicious Ayurvedic meal. Continue Reading >
Aromatic spices are tempered in ghee and drizzled over creamy urad dal in this flavorful, protein-packed dish. Split black lentils are the perfect choice for balancing vata, and digestive spices like ginger, turmeric, and cumin make this recipe even better for supporting healthy agni. Continue Reading >
This hassle-free toor dal is warming and nourishing, and only requires a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen! Add more water if you prefer the dal like a soup, or leave it as-is for a thicker version. Serve with a spoonful of ghee on top and enjoy! Continue Reading >
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