Wednesday, 25 March 2015

vegan sweet potato and mung bean curry

So, remember the other day I made kitcheree? well this is kind of following on from that - it pretty much has the same ingredients and the same ayuervedic principles.Like the kitcheree this is made up of mung beans, rice, and sweet potato. Here's how I made it. 
fresh ginger (about the size of a thumb!)
3 garlic cloves
2 sweet potatoes
cup of mung beans
3 tomatoes
coconut milk
tomato paste
smoked paprika

method - fry the chopped onion in a little vegan butter and olive oil (coconut oil would have been better but I didn't have any), then add chopped garlic and grated ginger. Cook down for a little while and then add the spices, cubed sweet potato and 3 tomatoes (peeled and chopped). Add the mung beans (which have been soaking overnight) and tomato paste (a good squirt), cover with water and the lid and cook for about an hour or until the sweet potato and mung beans are cooked. Take off the heat and stir in a can of coconut milk. Serve with basmati rice. 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

picture update!

hello! here are some photos from my life recently! my new jumper! my face! treats from the vegan kind , inspiration for a magazine we are putting together in work, a face scrub from my ayurveda course and some food! scrambled tofu on toast and soup! life is good, no?


this is kitcheree guys! 
or kitchari - depends how you wanna spell it.
it's hard to take a photo that doesn't look gross.
Kitcheree is so great... 
I learnt about it on my ayurveda course. 
quick ayurveda info - there are three doshas (sort of like a body type) - Pitta, Kapha and Vatta (you can find out which one you are here).
each dosha responds differently to different foods, so there are some foods that some people should avoid because they have difficulty digesting them. 
but kitcheree is something that everyone can eat.
all the doshas are welcome to a kitcheree party!
there are lots of recipes out there so have a little hunt around... but heres how I made mine.

fry onion until soft then add grated fresh ginger and 2 grated or sliced garlic cloves
add some chopped sweet potato.....
next mix in  some spices - turmeric and cumin, or anything else like that.
then pour in a cup of mung beans (I soaked them over night) and a cup of rice.
add water to cover and then cook until its all soft.
it's up to you how wet or dry you make it. you can make it quite a dry rice or a more soupy dish if you'd rather.
oo forgot that I also added a little coconut milk at the end.

that's it! 
its really good - like a soft risotto. it's quite plain but makes you feel good.
have you made it?
what do you add to it?
hope you are all well.


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