Rice Cooker Kitchari and Cucumber-Basil-Cantelope Lemonade

Basil-Cucumber-Cantelope Lemonad
Basil-Cucumber-Cantelope Lemonade

So I decided I wanted to make some kitchari the other night.  Even though it’s not what I grew up eating, it’s still comfort food.  And after more dental surgery, I needed something comforting and mushy.  And I wanted to make it in the rice cooker, so I found this recipe, which I really liked

Ayurveda Yoga Life | Rice Cooker Kitchari.

Kitchari--not very pretty, but delicious, and peppery!
Kitchari–not very pretty, but delicious, and peppery!

The author suggests different spice combinations for different doshas.  I decided to wing it.  I added cumin, coriander, cardamon, mustard (because I didn’t have ginger) and black pepper.  Well, just to make it extra special, as I was grinding the pepper into the warm butter in the rice cooker, the bottom fell off the pepper shaker, dumping about 1/4 cup of peppercorns into the pot.  I scooped most of them out, but it was still pretty peppery.  It reminded me of that scene in Alice in Wonderland

Speak roughly to your little boy and beat him when he sneezes,
He only does it to annoy because he knows it teases.
Wahh! Wahh! Wahh!
Wahh! Wahh! Wahh!
He only does it to annoy because he knows it teases.

I speak severely to my boy, I beat him when he sneezes
For he can thoroughly enjoy the pepper when he pleases.
Wahh! Wahh! Wahh!
Wahh! Wahh! Wahh!
For he can thoroughly enjoy the pepper when he pleases.

And I did enjoy the pepper!  I also added some rutabaga, parsnip, mystery root vegetable, swill chard and mizuna.

To cool things off a little, I made some cantelope, cucumber, basil lemonade.  Everything but the lemon juice was from Angelic Organics.

melons from Angelic organics
melons from Angelic organics

Cantelope-Cucumber-Basil lemonade

1 small cucumber, chopped

1/4 ripe cantelope, peeled and chopped

1 sprig fresh basil

1/2-1 cup water

2-3 Tablespoons lemon juice

A few drops of stevia or other sweetener, if desired

Blend it all up, adjust the lemon/sweetener/thickness

Ready to blend
Ready to blend

AND ENJOY!

 

And here’s the yarn I finished spinning today–nothing to do with dinner, I just like the way it turned out:

purple handspun drying in the kitchen
purple handspun drying in the kitchen

I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

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