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The New Yoga Pot

I am guessing that most of you don’t remember one of our earliest posts? It was back when Luise still was pregnant with Elsa. We shared a recipe for something that we called a yoga pot. It is the kind of warm and comforting stew that we typically make when cold weather hits our part of the world. It is also perfect pregnancy (and post-birth) food as it is easy to make double portions of and fill the freezer with.

The week before Isac was born, we created and filmed a new version of that recipe originally intended for our youtube channel but now we also wanted to share it here. A few vegetables have been replaced and new flavors have been added, but the essence of this dish is the same. This is food that your whole body likes. Yoga bowl would perhaps be a more charming name, but we decided that it was more fun to stick with the old name. Have a look at the video, take a yoga class, cook the recipe, fill up your belly and then your freezer.

We actually have another recipe for a savory crumble waiting around the corner, so check back with us soon. Oh, and if you for some reasons haven’t got the news already, Green Kitchen Travels is now also released in the States. You can order it here or ask for it at your local book store.

The New Yoga Pot
Serves 4-6

1 tbsp cold pressed coconut oil, ghee or olive oil
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped or 1 tsp ground
2 tbsp fresh turmeric, finely chopped or 1 tsp ground
1 pinch ground cayenne pepper or more to taste
3,5 cups / 800 ml canned plum tomatoes
1/2 cup / 125 ml uncooked red lentils, rinsed

2 cups / 500 ml water
1 tsp coarse sea salt
1 broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
1 fennel, thinly sliced

1 zucchini, cut into bite-size pieces
1 handful green beans
1 cup / 400 ml cooked butter beans

For serving
fresh coriander/cilantro, chopped
plain yogurt

Heat oil in a large saucepan and add chopped onion and garlic. Lower the heat and cook for a few minutes until the onions have softened. Add ginger, turmeric, cayenne and stir, ensuring that they do not burn. When the spices smell fragrant, add tomatoes, lentils, water and salt. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in all the vegetables and cook for another 8-10 minutes. Add the cooked beans toward the end of the cooking time. Serve in bowls with a dollop of yogurt and fresh coriander/cilantro. This dish can also be served with brown, black or red rice, if you prefer.



  1. Emily
    Posted 28 Sep ’14 at 22:38 | #

    I love your videos so much! What a warming dish this looks like. Will be trying it soon!

  2. Posted 28 Sep ’14 at 23:07 | #

    This looks so warm and comforting. Love the video!

  3. Posted 28 Sep ’14 at 23:13 | #

    Köpte er kokbok i förra veckan och är så glad för den! Min frys är nu full med rödbetsbourguignon men detta receptet måste provas snart också. Hösten är ju verkligen grytornas tid.

  4. Posted 28 Sep ’14 at 23:22 | #

    I am always inspired by your healthy, wholesome, and truly passionate approach to natural ingredients. This recipe does not disappoint. With colder weather around the corner, I sense this will fit in the rotation very naturally.

  5. Posted 28 Sep ’14 at 23:24 | #

    This looks wonderful… I know a new mama who would love to get a pot of this. Can’t wait to try it!

  6. Kristina
    Posted 28 Sep ’14 at 23:28 | #

    I remember making that recipe on the day that I moved into my first apartment. It really is comfort food at its best! I’m looking forward to trying out the new version.

  7. Posted 28 Sep ’14 at 23:29 | #

    Looks and sounds absolutely delicious. Definitely putting this on my list to make as soon as the weather turns colder. With some crunchy warm bread? Yum!


  8. Posted 28 Sep ’14 at 23:54 | #

    So beautiful! Can’t wait to make it! I am actually cooking your Zuppa Di Ribollita out of Green Kitchen Travels as I type this! The cookbook is gorgeous. Congratulations!



  9. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 01:44 | #

    I love the concept of a yoga pot. Just the name alone (never mind the wonderful ingredients) makes it SO appealing. Bookmarking this to try soon.

  10. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 06:57 | #

    As always I love your photography. That bright green cilantro with the perfectly matching bowl– wow! Nice video, too, of some calm and peaceful moments in the kitchen while baby was still inside.

  11. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 07:13 | #

    Looks amaze!

  12. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 07:39 | #

    This sounds dreamy!! Such a big pot of goodness.

  13. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 09:07 | #

    I remember your Yoga pot!!! This is perfect for these first days of fall, sunny but colder day by day :)

  14. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 10:24 | #

    Hvor ser det lækkert ud! Jeg er for nylig startet til yoga, og kan allerede nu mærke hvordan min krop forandrer sig. Den følelse giver mig endnu mere lyst til et sundt måltid :-) Jeg vil helt sikkert prøve jeres opskrift efter næste time.

  15. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 11:22 | #

    This looks incredible and perfect for this time of the year! I’ going to have to make a big pot of this so I can take it into work. A perfectly easy weekday and hearty meal. x

  16. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 11:39 | #

    Mmm, yummy! I wrote about you on my blog today :)

  17. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 13:13 | #

    Looks so yummy! Gonna try this right away! :) http://devilreturnsprada.wordpress.com/

  18. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 13:40 | #

    Of course I remember that Yoga Pot post! I made it quite a few times and loved it!

    Thanks for sharing this new version!

  19. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 14:11 | #

    I do remember your first yoga pot – I actually love this name and glad you’re sticking with it! There’s so much deliciousness in this bowl, love the butter beans especially. Have been putting them in so many soups and rice bowls lately.

  20. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 14:51 | #

    That looks so delicious and healthy! and love love LOVE your videos!!

  21. Frédérique
    Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 15:48 | #

    I can’t wait to try this version of the Yoga Pot! It’s one of my favourite recipe, especially for the powerful tonic that it gives.

  22. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 15:55 | #

    It sounds deliciously warming and nourishing. I hope you’re doing well with the new addition to the family! The video was beautifully filmed and edited, per usual. Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to make this!

  23. joanne
    Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 17:08 | #

    This looks so delicious for the fall season! Can fresh tomatoes be substituted for canned tomatoes? If so, how many tomatoes (in weight) would I use? Would I also need to add more water then? Thanks!

  24. Darby
    Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 17:33 | #

    this looks delicious! your original Yoga Pot was one of my favorites, so looking forward to making this.

  25. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 18:22 | #

    Cute video! I love the idea of a Yoga Pot – looks delicious!

  26. Monika
    Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 18:26 | #

    Yoga pot! Indeed what I need on this rainy Amsterdam afternoon.

  27. Kate
    Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 18:45 | #

    I do remember it, and I make that yoga pot all the time! It’s one of my go-to recipes, so I am very excited to try this one out as well.

  28. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 20:08 | #

    Loved your first yoga pot and I’m sure I’ll love this one too. Also, I know this is kinda weird, but Luise has a very soothing voice :)

  29. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 21:04 | #

    There are no words to describe how perfect I think this is. It’s vegetarian winter food at its best – I could live on this all winter :) that’s why I remember your first recipe very well! I’d love to make a southern-Italian version of it. I’m working on it.

  30. Katharina
    Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 21:04 | #

    I j ust made the yoga pot because i loved the video and the colours of the vegetables! It turns out to be my new favourite vegetable stew! thank you so much!

  31. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 21:06 | #

    I will try this as soon as possible ! thanks !

  32. Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 21:29 | #

    Made it tonight, loved it and will be making it again pretty soon!!

  33. Erin
    Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 21:44 | #

    Forget that recipe? No way! I’ve been loving your yoga pot ever since I first read about it years ago! Thank you for all those years of an easy, delicious and affordable meal. X

  34. Posted 30 Sep ’14 at 00:22 | #

    Looks like the perfect meal. I love that combination of vegetables and all the spices. A day off work, a yoga class or two, and that soup, is on my agenda this weekend!

  35. Posted 30 Sep ’14 at 03:20 | #

    Looks so festive. Happy Nesting.

  36. Posted 30 Sep ’14 at 05:42 | #

    I love the name of the recipe! The name alone just makes it sound so delicious! And that green bowl makes it pop!

  37. Posted 30 Sep ’14 at 08:14 | #

    I loved this recipe when it first came out and the video is just gorgeous!

  38. Valeria Pestana
    Posted 30 Sep ’14 at 12:22 | #

    I very well remember this post, and the photo of a pregnant Luise practicing yoga that came with it as well. It sounded so interesting I tried it at once and it was wonderful (not surprised by that though, I’ve yet to try a recipe of yours I don’t like). What I most love about this dish is that it’s great for cleaning a fridge and feels so comforting to hold a deep bowl of delicious warm bowl of vegetables with lentils (part of what got me sold last time was the fact it had lentils… I just can’t get over them). I notice the new recipe has a few tweaks to the original, I’m exited to see how it turns out.

    Kudos for the release of your new book in the States and for managing to keep blogposts rolling around the corner even with a newborn; it never ceased to amaze me how you’ve kept it up for so many years and it’s very rewarding —even if it’s not my creation— to see how the blog and family have “expanded” —don’t misunderstand me here, I mean this in a good way (:—.

    All the best to you guys, and to Elsa and Isac :)

  39. Posted 30 Sep ’14 at 14:43 | #

    I loved the recipe for the first yoga pot and this one sounds just as excellent! Perfect for the chilly weather we’ve been having lately. I can’t wait to try it!
    And I just received my copy of Green Kitchen Travels in the mail yesterday – it’s every bit as wonderful as I had hoped!!! I’m so eager to try all of the recipes! :)

  40. RobynNZ
    Posted 1 Oct ’14 at 09:07 | #

    Spring here; had all the ingredients to hand, although decided to fold in some tofu that needed to be used instead of opening the can of beans. I loved the textures and flavour profile and easy, speedy prep. Thank you.

  41. Posted 1 Oct ’14 at 13:11 | #

    wauw it look great!
    you make food with such beautiful colors :)
    i’m now following you on bloglovin.

    feel free to stop by http://www.nkl-fashion.dk

  42. Posted 1 Oct ’14 at 17:26 | #

    This recipe is so Holstee its crazy! We have yoga sessions in our Work/Shop and of course, love eating!

  43. Posted 1 Oct ’14 at 22:28 | #

    It is actually still quite warm in London at the moment, but the minute the temperatures drop I sure will be trying this one.
    Thanks so much for sharing

  44. Kalen
    Posted 2 Oct ’14 at 08:36 | #

    The original yoga pot is one of my favorite recipes from your blog, and one that I make all the time! I can’t wait to try this one. Beautiful, as always. :)

  45. Posted 3 Oct ’14 at 13:24 | #

    WOW is this soup gorgeous! Absolutely LOVE the green bowls you served them in! I do a pretty similar video series called SOIGNE [swan-yay] which is all about the food! Check it out – http://www.billyparisi.com/category/soigne/

  46. Posted 3 Oct ’14 at 22:04 | #

    That looks so good, thanks for sharing this recipe!

  47. Daniel
    Posted 3 Oct ’14 at 22:07 | #

    Hi! I am going to make it tomorrow, just a quick question, can 800 ml of plum tomatoes be substitued by 800g of canned chopped tomatoes??

    Thank you!!


  48. Posted 3 Oct ’14 at 22:35 | #


  49. Posted 5 Oct ’14 at 02:02 | #

    I loved this dish! I just made it today, and it tasted so delicious and clean. I swap the zucchini for kale and the butter beans for red kidney beans with a mix of yellow and green beans and maybe a bit more than a pinch of cayenne :) comforting but not heavy. Thank you!

  50. Posted 7 Oct ’14 at 16:41 | #

    Ah! Of course I remember yoga pot, we keep coming back to it when we’re in need of a real, nourishing meal. It always makes me feel like I’m taking good care of myself when I make it.

  51. Sytske
    Posted 13 Oct ’14 at 16:15 | #

    This sounds so good! I am pregnant myself, still pretty early (14 weeks) and gonna make this tomorrow for diner, can’t wait.

  52. Charlie
    Posted 14 Oct ’14 at 00:11 | #

    The old yoga pot is one of your recipes that I make the most during the colder seasons! So excited to try this new one! Congratulations on the book as well! It is absolutely gorgeous!

  53. Mona
    Posted 16 Oct ’14 at 22:46 | #

    I made this recipe yesterday, and it was very lovely and warming. There was one problem, however. When I added the vegetables, I cooked the stew under a lid for the extra 8-10 minutes, but the vegetables were still quite crispy. Even the red lentils felt a bit undone. I have a suspicion this has something to do with boiling in thick tomato sauce? Anyway, the next time I make this, I will steam the veggies for a few minutes first.

  54. Anthony
    Posted 20 Oct ’14 at 21:31 | #

    So good! I also encountered some slight undercooking after the recommended time. But instead of pre-steaming and making more washing up, I just let the vegetables stew a bit longer in the delicious broth! Combination of flavours with a sprinkling of coriander and yoghurt on top was amazing. Will definitely be making again!

  55. Posted 24 Oct ’14 at 03:58 | #

    This is exactly the type of food I love to cook right now, with the weather getting cooler. So comforting.

  56. Posted 27 Oct ’14 at 23:11 | #

    Wow, this looks so delicious!

  57. Caroline
    Posted 3 Nov ’14 at 19:09 | #

    Another great dish! Currently happily noshing on this :)

  58. Anders
    Posted 3 Nov ’14 at 19:56 | #

    This looks so delicious!
    I also love the green bowl – do you mind telling where it’s from?


  59. Posted 8 Nov ’14 at 04:52 | #

    Warm red alluring soup in a green good looking bowl … quite a sight for my sore eyes :) First time on your blog and I browsed pretty much all of your posts. Got awestruck with all those hearty, happy, healthy recipes that look, sound and smell out-of-the-world! Happily subscribed. You have just earned another crazy fan :)

  60. Colleen
    Posted 9 Nov ’14 at 23:37 | #

    This was amazing! Loved it!

  61. Olivia
    Posted 10 Nov ’14 at 03:56 | #

    This is amazing with a big dollop of tahini instead of yogurt

  62. Posted 20 Nov ’14 at 12:36 | #

    sounds delicious and looks yummy.. cant wait to make it
    check this http://www.englishmuffinpizza.net/

  63. Dahlia
    Posted 11 Jan ’15 at 14:52 | #

    My husband and I loved this recipe! So refreshing and tasty and very satisfying. We left out the zucchini because we didn’t have any good looking ones at our store but it still turned out great :) Thank you for all the amazing recipes!

  64. Cindy
    Posted 14 Jan ’15 at 01:25 | #

    This is the most amazing dish with a dollop of goat milk yogurt!! Yumm

  65. Emma
    Posted 3 Mar ’15 at 04:43 | #

    This is one of my favourite things to eat at the moment. It was made for me after the recent birth of my second child, and felt like exactly what my body needed. Being so easy is just as appealing! Thanks for this delicious recipe.

  66. Posted 20 Nov ’15 at 20:12 | #

    One of my favourite recipes! A really nice addition is 1/2 tsp smoked paprika powder

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