Kitchari is not only delicious but it’s also very healthy. The protein in split mung is combined with rice to make it a whole protein, which can be easily used by the body. Add the vegetables and you have a full meal in a bowl. If you are in the cooking mood, chapattis make this utter perfection.
As vegetarians it is important to make sure that we have enough protein in our diets. Many plant-based proteins must be eaten with some sort of grain in order for it to become a whole protein. Luckily for us combining plant proteins with grains is easy and delicious. For example rice and dahl, peanut butter and bread, and of course beans and rice.
Butternut gives this kitchari some sweet creaminess, almost like you have added some sweet cream butter, and is the perfect complement to the slight bitterness of the greens. This recipe is great for kids (or adults) who are not fond of seedy spices in their meal. My daughter loves this kitchari and I love that she is eating healthy whole grains and vegetables.
A salad made of fresh, tender greens is not only delicious and refreshing, but quite opulent because of the delicate leaves. If you have the opportunity to grow the greens yourself, even better!
Fortunately it's easier than ever to find nice greens in many grocery stores these days. Be sure to wash your greens and remove any leaves with questionable spots. If the leaves are larger than you'd like, it's better to tear the leaves into smaller piece than to cut them. Cutting will bruise the leaves and cause them to wilt and discolor sooner.