This wonder spice appears in many curry blends, and it takes center stage in kitchari recipes.
Try this kitchari recipe, from Jeannette Alosi, one of the people featured in Secrets of the World’s Healthiest People.
Heat 2 tablespoons ghee in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add ½ teaspoon each black mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Cook, stirring, until the seeds begin to pop, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1 cup split mung beans (rinsed and drained), ½ cup basmati rice (rinsed and drained), 1 tablespoon minced or grated fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon salt, ¾ teaspoon ground coriander, and ½ teaspoon turmeric. Pour in 6 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the liquid has been absorbed, about 20 minutes. Serves 4.