Cooking Indian food right is almost a art. But you can learn basic dishes without to much trouble. The main issue is which spices. For instance, lets say I was making the most basic food there is for digestion and healing digestion. Its called Kachadi. I probably don't have the spelling on that right. Also, there are allot of different Kachadi recipes. This basic one amounts to something like this. Keep in mind I haven't cooked it in myself in over 12 years, so I maybe leaving out some of the spices or not using the exact correct amount .
First, you use long grain basmati rice. Not the stuff you buy out of the Grocery store that cooks up in 15 minutes. That is processed heavily and devoid of nutrients. You have to go to a Indian market, or a natural foods market to get the real thing. Real Basmati rice is heavily loaded with nutrients, and it taste good.
So I take my rice pot, which needs to be a heavy one with a heavy lid to hold the steam better or have a lid you can stick some weight on it. Then you put a little bit of vegetable oil in the bottom and heat it, but not to the point of burning that oil. Then I take whatever seasoning I am going to use, and put it in the oil. First I put in real, unground small pepper seeds, maybe a half teaspoon to a teaspoon and let them cook in the oil for a few minutes so they will break down right. Then I add a teaspoon of Tumeric, which is anti inflammatory and promotes digestion and healing. I stir it around in the oil, and then I add half a teaspoon to a teaspoon of ginger, which is very good for digestion problems. Then I add a half teaspoon of fennel. I might put in some Curry if you like the taste. Curry is good for you too. Okay, so I have all this stuff stirred around in the heated, but not burned oil.
Now you add your water, which like regular rice is about 2 cups of water to 1 cup of rice. I use a big pot because this Kachadi can be refrigerated and reheated for a couple of days in a microwave or pan, and if I am going to go through all this, I want extra. So, I use 4 cups of water and 2 cups of rice.
Now, bring your water to a very hot steaming boil and toss in whatever amount of salt suits you. I use about a teaspoon of that. Your making allot of food. At a hot boiling level, put in your rice, which will slightly cool the water. Let it come back to a hot boil and put the lid on. If your useing a thin pot, put something heavy on the lid.
Bring the flame down to a low simmer. Depending on your heat level, it takes real Basmati rice about 50 minutes to cook.
While it is cooking, prepare whatever vegetables your going to put into this. Green, leafy vegetables work well, but you can use other stuff, brocholi, cauliflower, whatever, except corn, since everyone knows it doesn't digest well.
about 10 minutes before your rice will be done, you have all your vegetable ready to toss in the pot, quickly open the lid, throw then in on top of the rice and put the lid back on. This will cook your vegetables while the rice is finishing.
Okay, this is going to sound like yuck, but remember, this is one of the most basic dishes you can eat morning, noon and night if need be to fix digestion problems.
open up your pot and if the vegetable are preaty soft, and the rice is reasonable cooked, take a big spoon and stir the whole thing into one big mixture of rice and vegetables.
Now spoon out a bowl full and theres your dinner, and maybe your lunch the next day and so on.
Oh, and don't be surprised if the first few times you do this, your rice is either over or under cooked. This whole process is learning the combination of what your cookware is doing, versus your stove and the heat your applying for how long, versus the water to rice ratio you need.
So, like I said, this is actually one of the easiest things to cook that will heal up your digestion, stomach and intestines and its very boring to eat this over and over because you don't know how to cook anything else.
But it is possible to learn how to cook Indian food for specific problems. You can spice it for digestion, or for energy and digestion, or to promote calming you down and digestion. The Indians have this down to something of a science on useing food and herb combinations that don't just fill your need to eat, but are good for your body and mind.
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