Job's Tears and Adzuki Bean Kitchari

A Hearty cleansing Kitchari
A traditional Kitchari is made with Mung Dahl and Basmati rice. Even though it breaks from tradition, this Kitchari can still be used as a cleansing dish.  Soaking the beans and grain is important. It helps deactivate some of the enzyme inhibitors and makes it easier to digest. Job's Tears are Gluten Free and they make a great substitute for barley.

Job's tears are good for the kidneys, lungs, arthritis and help to heal a weak digestive system.  They are known specifically for joint pain.  Adzuki beans improve bowel movements, the improve urinary function and can help you lose weight due to the high fiber content. This recipe makes a large family pot of Kitchari...feel free to reduce the amount for a smaller batch.

Job's Tears and Adzuki Kitchari

1 1/2 cup Job's Tears
1 cup Adzuki Beans
6 cups water (plus extra if needed)

1 stick Kombu
1 sweet Onion chopped
3 cups Bok Choy (separate the tops and bottoms - chop bottoms and place in a bowl - slice or shred tops and place in separate bowl)
3 chopped carrots

4-6 Curry leaves
2-3 Garlic cloves chopped
1 inch Ginger peeled and chopped
1/2 tea Turmeric
1-2 teaspoon Spring Masala 

Floating veggies!

Soak beans and grain in separate bowls overnight.  Saut√©  chopped onion in a little Ghee until translucent.  Add Adzuki bean, 6 cups water and Kombu.  Bring pot to boil and reduce to a strong simmer. Cover pot, but leave the lid ajar to release gas and simmer for 1 hour.

Add Job's Tears, carrot and  Bok Choy bottoms. You may need to add additional water at this point.  The vegetables should be floating in the broth.  Continue cooking with lid ajar for 1 hour.

Adding spices and Bok Choy
Get everything ready because you'll need to move quickly while working with the spices. Heat Ghee in saute pan and add Curry leaves, Garlic and Ginger.  (Be careful of the popping/sputtering that Curry leaves will create)  Add all the Turmeric and Masala tossing everything together.  Ladle out a scoop of Kitchari liquid and add this to the pan.  The liquid will deglaze the pan getting all the yummy pieces.  Now add everything to the pot and mix well.  Add in the Bok Choy tops mixing everything well.  Cover and simmer for an additional 1/2 hour.  Serve with chopped Cilantro and enjoy!

Balance in a bowl!

Blessings to All!
Summer Spice Kisses!

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