Indian Kitchari Recipe

Here’s another wonderful recipe you can use to spice up your life and your palette!  


Kitchari is a staple in Ayurvedic cooking/medicine. Aside from being a highly nutritional and inflammation reducing food, traditionally kitchari is used during fasting to balance constitutional tendencies.  It is soothing to the body and spirit. There are many variations and additions for support in balancing specific constitutions. This is a standard, basic recipe for delicious kitchari!




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1 cup Basmati Rice/ Brown Basmati Rice

1 cup Mug Dal (split yellow)

4 cups water (or more – consistency preference)

2 tsp. Ghee

1 tsp. mustard seeds

1tsp. cumin seeds (whole)

1 tsp. turmeric (powder)

1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing) – can purchase at Indian grocery – useful for eliminating gas-creating quality of beans.

1 pinch sea salt




Begin by melting ghee in a large pan or pot (that can hold at least 6 cups liquid) over medium heat.


Add mustard seeds and allow to heat up until popping.


Once popping, add cumin seeds and turmeric. Stir and allow to cook until aromatic (1-2 minutes)


Add rice and mung dal and stir, coating with oil and spice mixture.


Add water and turn heat to high. Bring to a boil.


Once boiling, turn down heat to low, stir in Asafoetida and salt and cover tightly with lid. Cook covered for about 20 minutes or until soft. Check occasionally and add water if necessary. Try not to uncover for too long while checking.


+Optional – for more vitamins and minerals, add seasonal vegetables (1 – 1.5 cups, chopped) to rice/bean pot after about 10 minutes of simmering.


Take off heat when desired consistency is achieved.


Add salt/pepper to taste.

Enjoy a hearty and nutritional meal!

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health Opens Doors of Opportunity

Do You Have Healing Hands?

Are you a compassionate person who enjoys helping others? Are you curious about alternative healing therapies like Massage, Chakra Balancing, Energy Work, or Herbal Preparations? Do you seek a career that offers great income potential plus the flexibility to live your life your way?

If you answered YES to any of these questions it may be time to…

Explore a New Career as a Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioner

Founded by Paula and Neha Curtiss in 1992, HHSHH boasts two academic Programs and over 80 Massage & Holistic Health classes. Paula and Neha’s vision is to teach therapeutic bodywork and related therapies so students not only master the techniques, but gain a deep respect for their bodies and each other.  HHSHH instructors do a great job in fulfilling this vision as graduates have been in high-demand by top employers for over 20 years!Hands massaging a bare back

In addition to the basic massage modalities ie; Swedish, Sports and Deep Tissue, HHSHH offers classes on ancient healing practices from around the world!  These include Tui Na from China, Shiatsu from Japan, Thai Massage from Thailand and Ayurvedic Massage from India.
If an education at HHSHH resonates with you, call us for a visit and tour.  We make it easy to attend with two So Cal locations, and classes offered during the day, evenings & on weekends.  Tuition Plans plus FSA, VA and WIA Benefits/Funding are also available to those who qualify.

HHSHH has prepared more than 6,000 students for Transformative and Rewarding careers as Massage Therapists or Holistic Health Practitioners and can do the same for you! Call us and Start Your Journey …today! [760.746.9364 / Escondido – 949.305.2722 / Laguna Hills]HHands-TextLogo-ClrWEB copy

Sweet & Spicy Pork with Black Beans

This recipe will take the meaning of “pork n’ beans” to a whole new level.  So Spice up your life and give this recipe a try!  Also, if you’re a vegan, vegetarian, kosher, etc. there’s no reason you can’t use your favorite meat alternative in place of pork. 


  • 4 French-style Pork Chops (1 inch thick)
  • 1 15oz can of Black Beans (drained)
  • 2 medium Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 scallions (chopped)
  • 2 ½ Tbsp Jamaican Jerk seasoning
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup red bell pepper



  1. Prick potato skin and place potatoes in plastic bag then microwave for 13-15 minutes (until soft) – set aside
  2. Rub jerk seasoning over chops and arrange in 3 quart microwavable dish with bones facing outward
  3. In a large bowl, mix pineapple (and ½ the juice) brown sugar, vinegar, bell peppers and scallions
  4. Pour mixture over pork chops and cover tightly with plastic wrap then cook in microwave on high for 6 minutes
  5. Flip and rotate pork chops, pour black beans over pork chops and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes
  6. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, sprinkle 1 Tbsp brown sugar on top
  7. Serve sweet potatoes alongside the pork chops with pineapple sauce.


Servings: 4

Calories: 518

Fat: 9 grams

Carbs: 81 grams

Fiber: 12 grams

Protein: 27 grams

Holistic Massage School Reveals Top 5 Office-Tension Tamers

Did you know that by the end of each work-day millions of office workers experience stiff arm muscles, shoulder pain, back- aches, head-aches and other physical symptoms?  Badly designed chairs and workstations are part of the problem, but even with the most ergonomic set-up hours of sitting can negatively impact one’s posture.  That’s why it’s essential for office workers to take frequent self-care stretch breaks during the day.  To help loosen tight muscles and relieve tension caused by hours of desk-sitting, try these tension busting exercises prescribed by Paula Curtiss, shutterstock_86852437Founding Director of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health:


1) Arm, Back, & Neck Stretch

  • Place your arms behind you while seated in your chair
  • Link your hands together and lift them slightly to stretch (not strain!)
  • Extend your neck by looking up to the ceiling for the count of 5
  • Release arms and head, then repeat 5 times.


2) Shoulder & Neck Release 

  • Clasp your fingers together and raise them above your head
  • Turn your palms toward the ceiling and stretch your arms as high as possible
  • Hold for the count of 5 then,
  • Flip your palms so they face each other and reach up and back as far as possible
  • Hold for the count of 5 then release
  • Repeat the sequence 5 times

3) Seated Cat Stretchshutterstock_116241661

  • Move your chair away from your desk to allow more room
  • Bend forward until your chest rests on your knees
  • Allow your hands to clasp your ankles
  • Gently round your back up, into a cat stretch
  • Hold for the count of 5 then release
  • Repeat the stretch 5 times


4) Forearm Stretch –

  • Hold your arms straight out to each side as far as possible
  • Flex your hands so fingers point up
  • Rotate arms slowly so your fingers point forward, backwards, then down
  • Feel the stretch on the upper and lower forearms as you rotate your arms
  • Return fingers to pointing up position and repeat sequence 5 times


5) Posture Perfect Stretch –

  • Place your left arm behind your back with fingers pointed up
  • Reach your right arm up over your right shoulder with fingers pointing down
  • Clasp your fingers together and stretch each arm to the count of 5
  • Reverse positioning and stretch again – to the count of 5
  • Repeat the sequence 5 timesshutterstock_42600829  

Healthy Italian Style Frittata


Here’s a lil’ recipe to make your mouth water this summer. Nothing says delicious like a good frittata at a summer brunch.  Here we have a simple and easy recipe to follow that will keep you and your friends coming back for seconds. ENJOY!!!


  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup baby kale leaves
  • 1/3 cup red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup sweet onion (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup of tomato (diced)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup diced potato
  • 1/4 cup of fat-free milk
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp parsley
  • ½ tsp oregano



  1. Add spinach & kale to a medium skillet over low heat until barely wilted (1-2 minutes) –
  2. Set spinach & kale aside in a separate bowl
  3. Wipe skillet clean then add olive oil, onions, potatoes, bell peppers, salt & pepper
  4. Cook vegetables over medium heat turning occasionally until potatoes are tender (about 5 to 7 minutes)
  5. In a medium bowl, scramble eggs, milk, spinach, kale, cheese, tomatoes, oregano and parsley
  6. Pour egg mixture over the vegetables and cook until eggs set (about 7 minutes)
  7. Lift Frittata from pan with flexible scraper, place a flat plate over the pan and invert the Frittata
  8. Place inverted Frittata back into pan for 1-2 minutes to finish cooking the Frittata.
  9. Free the Frittata from the pan and serve straight from the skillet.


Makes 4 servings

Calories: 206

Fat: 13 grams

Carbs: 13

Fiber:  3 grams

Protein: 13 grams