Bangladesh Khichuri: Recipe #247

Bangladesh Khichuri is a rice and lentil risotto filled with healing vegetables and lovely spices. It’s a beautiful, warm bowl of comfort on a cold day, or anytime your spirit needs a hug. Thanks to Rinku for inspiration!

Today’s meditation is from Plum Village. When you are taking the first four bites of your meal, take a moment to contemplate these mindful aspirations:

With the first taste, I offer joy.
And with the second, I help relieve the suffering of others.
With the third, I see others’ joy as my own.
And with the fourth, I learn the way of letting go.

May you experience ease and happiness in your meals and in your day.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, which is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and yours.

Ingredients ($8 for a large pot)

2 tbsp olive oil – $0.20
1/2 onion, chopped – $0.25
3/4 cup lentils – $0.51
1/2 cup rice – $0.18
1 tsp each cumin, coriander, and ginger – $0.84
1 tsp salt or to taste – $0.05
1/2 tsp turmeric – $0.14
2 cups zucchini and collards, chopped – $2.33
1 medium sized potato, cubed – $0.15
1/4 cup peas – $0.25
4 cups vegetable broth – $2.00
1 tbsp coconut oil – $0.55
1 lemon, juiced – $0.20

Directions for Bangladesh Khichuri

1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onion starts to soften and get a little bit browned. Then add the lentils and rice, and stir to combine. Next, add in the cumin, coriander, ginger, salt, and turmeric, and mix well to coat everything in the spices.

Add in the chopped zucchini, potato, and vegetable broth. Cover the pot and cook at a gentle bubble over medium heat for 30 minutes or until the zucchini and potatoes are tender and the rice is cooked.

2. Finally, add the collards, coconut oil, lemon juice, and peas. Mix well and taste for seasonings, adding more salt or some pepper if needed. Enjoy your healing bowl of Bangladesh khichuri hot from the pot, and save any leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day.

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings: 3 = lots of leftovers
  • Cost per serving: 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 3 = minimal damage
  • Nutritional value: 3 = optimal nutrition
  • TOTAL: 18/18 (maximum score!)

If any of you amazing home chefs tried it, or have other recipes you’d like us to experiment with, please let me know. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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