My Heartwarming Bowl

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Rice soaking time: 1hr-24hrs

Preparation time: 10min

Cooking time: 1hr


I love this Heartwarming Bowl because it is full of Fire Energy and heat. The spiced Cauliflower and Hot Dahl balanced out by the Brown Rice makes this one of my all time favourite meals. It creates such a feeling of warmth, nourishment, helps my heart feel more open and helping us feel grounded all at the same time. A perfect combination in my books.

A little note on some ingredients you may not recognise:

Z’atar – this is a Morrocon spice and it is full of all kinds of herbs like thyme, marjoram, oregano and sesame seeds and is absolutely delicious!  You can find this in most supermarkets, markets and health-food stores.

Kombu – Kombu is a sea vegetable also known as Kelp.  It is great for tenderising grains and beans so that they are more easily digestible when we eat them.  It also adds a good punch of minerals into our food.  You can find it at most health-food stores and online.  If you don’t have any do not fret, you can just leave it out and your brown rice will still be delicious.

So let’s make my Heartwarming Bowl.

(Serves 4)


  • 250g Butternut Squash
  • 1 Large White Onion
  • 200g Red Lentils
  • 1-2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1-2 tsp Tumeric
  • 1-2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1-2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 Can Chopped Tomatoes
  • Sea Salt
  • 1-2 Tbls Rice Syrup or Maple Syrup

Brown Rice

  • 190g Brown Rice (Short Grain, Long Grain or Basmati) Soaked from 1hr-24hrs
  • 470ml Water
  • 1 Strip Kombu Seaweed
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

Z’atar Roasted Cauliflower

  • 1 Med/Large Cauliflower
  • Olive Oil
  • Z’atar Spice
  • Shoyu
  • Sea Salt
  • Water

Wok-Fried Leafy Greens

  • 1 Bag of Kale, Spinach or any Seasonal Leafy Green
  • Water
  • Sea Salt
  • Lemon Juice


– Pre-heat oven to 175degrees C
– Put soaked brown rice with soaking water into a pot, add kombu strip with pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Then turn down heat to a low simmer, leave the lid on and cook for 45-50min
– Cut the onion and squash into cubes. Heat up some oil in a pot, add onions with a good pinch of sea salt. Fry until they start turning translucent. Then add squash. Fry for a few minutes
– Add 1 tsp of all the spices and the bay leaves and 2 good pinches of sea salt. Mix in well with squash and onion and fry for 1 minute as the spices toast
– Add water so that it just covers the squash and let it simmer for 15min
– Cut Cauliflower into florets and put in a baking dish or tray. Drizzle olive oil over the top, sprinkle sea salt and shoyu over and Z’atar. Pour a little water into the bottom of the tray so that it covers the whole bottom surface
– Put in the oven and roast for 20min. Keep an eye on it after 15min and if it is started to catch, add a little more water into the bottom of the baking tray
– Back to the Dahl, after 15min simmering the squash should be going soft so add the lentils and the canned tomatoes. Add more water so that everything is covered but make sure you don’t add too much that the whole dahl becomes watery. Better to add less then slowly add more as is needed
– Let it simmer on a med/low heat until lentils are completely cooked. Approx another 15-20min. Keep adding water as it is needed so it doesn’t get too dry. The lentils will soak up more and more liquid as it cooks. And stir regularly so that the lentils don’t catch at the bottom of the pan
– Now in a separate frying pan or wok heat some oil up for the greens. Add the greens and a good pinch of sea salt. Fry for 1 minute then add a little water so that steam comes up.
– Wok fry for approx 4-5min until greens are cooked but still bright green
– Turn off heat and squeeze 1 lemon over the top and mix in well. Put greens aside
– Take Cauliflower out the oven and put aside when done
– Once lentils are cooked and squash is almost falling apart, have a taste? Do you want it spicier? Does it need more salt? This is when you season it to get it tasting delicious!
– Add spices a little at a time – for me I usually like 2 tsp in total of each but I like a good amount of heat! Season with sea salt also
– Then at the very end add your rice syrup so there is a balance of fire, salt and sweet throughout the dahl. Once done turn off heat
– The rice should be done now too!
– So start serving up: Add rice, dahl, greens and cauliflower to a beautiful bowl then blow a kiss into it all or just take a moment of gratitude to add the final and most important ingredient – love!!

Voila! All done! May our hearts be full, nourished, alive and grounded xxxx

  • blandine b

    June 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm Reply

    Superb!Can’t wait to try! x

    • nickyclinch

      June 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm Reply

      Great Blandine! Can’t wait to hear how it goes xx

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