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Yoga Pot

This past weekend I was attending a 2-day-pregnant-yoga-course at Atmajyoti yoga school in Stockholm. It was wonderful. I first started practicing yoga when we spent a month in India one year ago and I have been doing yoga almost every day during my pregnancy. When I came home from the yoga-course, smelling like lavender oil (yep, we got massage too), I cooked this warm hearty Yoga Pot with a taste of fennel! And I dream about this yellow Le Creuset to cook it in, since we only have boring black pots.

36 weeks pregnant

Yoga Pot *Updated recipe*
Serves 4

1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1/2 tsp dried chili
1 tsp ground cayenne
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces
2 large carrots, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 fennel, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, cut into bite-size pieces
2 x 400 ml (3,5 cups) canned plum tomatoes
1/2 cup (125 ml) red lentils, rinsed
1/2 cup (125 ml) cooked kidney beans or chickpeas
1 handful fresh herbs like cilantro or thyme

Heat coconut oil in a pot, add onion and garlic. Lower the heat and cook for a few minutes until the onions have softened. Add ginger, chili, cayenne and cinnamon, stir constantly, ensuring that they do not burn. When the spices smell fragrant add remaining ingredients, except beans and herbs, cover and simmer until lentils are cooked and the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. If it is too dry, add a little water, it depends on how much liquid the lentils absorbs. Add beans and herbs and let it cook for another minute or so. Eat as it is or serve with brown, black or red rice, nice both ways.


  1. Posted 28 Jan ’10 at 14:19 | #

    This is totally singing to me right now. The perfect combination of veggies, pulses, aromatics and spices. Lovely!

  2. Posted 28 Jan ’10 at 17:15 | #

    you look gorgeous! i too am a yoga and pilates fan, it inspires me to eat well during the day too. Recipe looks great ~

  3. Posted 29 Jan ’10 at 13:37 | #

    Although consistent with spices, it keeps a very airy touch. Very appetizing.

  4. Posted 29 Jan ’10 at 13:51 | #

    This recipe looks delicious! Your blog is wonderful! I hope to make this to eat after a yoga class sometime next week!

  5. Posted 29 Jan ’10 at 15:19 | #

    nice photos with great recipe!
    i bet this veggi dish must be super flavorful with all those spices and

  6. Posted 31 Jan ’10 at 02:04 | #

    Oh I just LOVE that photo!!!!!!!!!!!
    Im dreaming over that same le Creuset too. someday.
    Wonderful recipe, I’d love a large bowl of it right now!

  7. Posted 31 Jan ’10 at 02:52 | #

    Your web-site is beautiful. Congratulations to you on maintaining your health and yoga practice during pregnancy. I started with my husband earlier this year, and we both love it. It has so many wonderful benefits, and does make you more mindful of the fuel your body needs. Hoping you and baby are well, take good care.

  8. Posted 31 Jan ’10 at 11:55 | #

    such a beautiful picture!! xoxo

  9. Posted 31 Jan ’10 at 20:14 | #

    gorgeous, all around. I truly appreciated my yoga practice while pregnant, it kept me aware of my body, and kept my posture in check and my muscles relaxed. Such a good thing to do.

  10. Posted 3 Feb ’10 at 11:24 | #

    Sitting here eating my smoothie (raspberry, banana, linseed, psyllium seed) as a yoghurt topped with our gluten free muesli and reading your comments; A BIG thank you to everyone for all your sweet comments! They made my day! Hope you’ll enjoy the pot and yoga ;) /Luise

  11. Posted 3 Feb ’10 at 16:22 | #

    I’m positively enamored by everything in this post. Thank you for sharing, I need to make this yoga pot to warm me up on these chilly winter days! Good luck on the final portion of your pregnancy. I adore your blog, and look forward to the next post! Your blog is like candy, but better. :)

  12. Posted 10 Feb ’10 at 17:47 | #

    Very inspiring! I’ve just started doing yoga for the first time and I love it!

  13. Pernilla
    Posted 19 Feb ’10 at 10:06 | #

    Hej! Vilken härlig sajt ni har! Jag har bott i några år i Kanada och fick där upp ögonen för extra virgin coconut oil. Efter att ha hittat er sajt märker jag att även ni har en fäbless en kokosolja. Jag har försökt att hitta det i Stockholm, men har inte lyckats…var köper ni det? Har bara hittat en engelsk sajt som säljer det med dyra fraktkostnader till Sverige… Har ni några tips?
    FÖ blir er yoga pot min nästa middag. Ser supersmaskigt ut! :)

    • Posted 19 Feb ’10 at 12:39 | #

      Hej Pernilla!
      Tack! Härligt att ha bott i Kanada ;)

      Du kan köpa kokosolja på flera olika ställen, framför allt i hälsokostbutiker.
      Jag har till exempel köpt det i Gryningen, Götgatbackens hälsokost, Goodstore och Lifeland. Jag köper oftast märket ‘Cocosa’, det har bra pris och kvalitet och finns både med och utan kokossmak. Ibland köper vi även från danska ‘urtekram’ eller ‘Pukka’ men de kostar lite mer.

      Lycka till!

  14. Posted 24 Feb ’10 at 15:59 | #

    You are one gorgeous pregnant lady! I hope I look half as good as that one day.

  15. Tina
    Posted 14 Jul ’10 at 04:56 | #

    Yummy recipe! It works so well for my veg head hubby and me =D Your picture looks amazing! Love your blog as well.

  16. Leslie
    Posted 7 Mar ’11 at 06:09 | #

    To make this soup a little more hearty – husband and college kid friendly, I topped it with a fried egg (in coconut oil) and grilled gluten free bread with melted goat cheese. YUM! Everyone loved it :)

  17. Posted 21 Apr ’11 at 23:23 | #

    Oj, vilken fantastisk bild på dig, Luise<3 Tänk.. nu är hon ute:)

  18. Posted 26 Jun ’11 at 16:40 | #

    I love yoga and I love pots! (what?) This looks amazing. Making it soon!

  19. Posted 30 Jul ’11 at 11:18 | #

    I am also a yoga addict and the more yoga I do the more I want to eat super healthy food! I just discovered your blog today and it’s really one of the best vegetarian food blogs out there. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Frédérique
    Posted 11 Mar ’12 at 21:23 | #

    I made this delicious Yoga Pot yesterday evening. I added plain yogurt on top. It was fabulous! I discovered your site lately, and I’m so glad I did. Merci beaucoup for all those sharings about food and life!

  21. Laura
    Posted 13 Apr ’12 at 01:32 | #

    I used to be a vegetarian and then found my iron levels were too low which made battling chronic fatigue all the more difficult :( although i had a friend come over for dinner last night, who is a vegetarian, and made this! it was beautiful so tasty and satisfying, not to mention warming :) a real treat!

  22. Jo
    Posted 10 Jun ’12 at 11:31 | #

    I just made this – delicious! However I found that there wasn’t enough liquid in the tomatoes to stop everything sticking to the pan when you boil for 45 minutes. I added 2 cups of water and simmered, rather than boiled to cook the vegetables in about 40 minutes.

  23. tess
    Posted 5 Oct ’12 at 05:17 | #

    I tried this recipe recently and was very pleased with the results. It was difficult to wait the full 45 minutes though because it smelled so scrumptious :) Perfect way to begin autumn. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Posted 7 Feb ’13 at 20:52 | #

    Tinian is the herb thyme in English (just had to translate it online). I am really looking forward to making this meal tonight.

  25. KaatjaV
    Posted 17 Feb ’13 at 17:46 | #

    Hi there,
    lovely web and great recipes, thank you for sharing it and putting your time and energy into this! I made the Yoga Pot on the Valentine´s Eve and it was a hit! Great dish for chilly days and long nights. Looking forward to trying the other ones. Next one are going to be the lemon bars. Snowy greating from North Bohemia, Kaatja

  26. Maggie
    Posted 4 Mar ’13 at 19:39 | #

    This is absolutely delicious! I didnt have plum tomatoes so i used diced and some crushed tomatoes. Thank you for the recipe!

  27. Katia
    Posted 15 Jul ’13 at 14:14 | #

    very tasty! just made it – subbed an extra zucchini for broccoli (which I did not have) and added an entire can of white beans. Delicious! Thanks so much

  28. Tine Thomasen
    Posted 2 Sep ’13 at 19:28 | #

    This is absolutely delicious! The spices give it a signature so it’s more than just great vegetables. I added the icelandic skyr on top. Thanks for a great recipe and for a very beautiful website.

  29. Posted 10 Sep ’13 at 19:20 | #

    Thank you so much for this lovely recipe. I cooked it today and will eat it tomorrow after yoga :-).

  30. The Welte Fam
    Posted 16 Nov ’13 at 02:31 | #

    Lovely dish,great spices…how ever way to much cayenne pepper and we like spicy food. Added coconut milk because we can’t do dairy.
    Thank you for all your wonderful recipes we love them and so do our stomachs.
    Happy mouths;)

  31. Rosie
    Posted 9 Dec ’13 at 19:27 | #

    Made this for dinner this evening and it was delicious! I also added some raisins for some extra sweetness which balanced the flavors nicely.

  32. Gita
    Posted 15 Jan ’14 at 06:14 | #

    Dear friends, Brahmakumaris are vegetarian… and emphasize the importance of keeping thoughts pure… when preparing food… they either enhance or decrease the vibes of what we eat…thus affecting our health. There is Brahmakumaris meditation…that relaxes the mind…nurtures a healthy balance between inner and outer worlds…recharge… rejuvenate the inner-self…

  33. Kathy-Lee
    Posted 1 Mar ’14 at 10:49 | #

    I made this Pot for Dinner once and became addicted to it!
    This tasted truly like heaven to me and I almost cannot imagine any other dish to stuff my face with!
    And bonus point: my family loved it too!
    My mother told me, if I cooked dishes more often like this, she feels waaay better and healthier and could easily eat less meat!

    Your blog and the recipes ROCK!

    Oh how I dream of Yoga right now…

  34. Ruth
    Posted 12 May ’14 at 20:57 | #

    Just made this. Oh my goodness. (goodness being the operative word!) SO BLUMMIN’ TASTY.

  35. Camille Guertin
    Posted 17 Jul ’14 at 15:56 | #

    I am making this tonight, and I can hardly wait. Your recipes all look amazing… I just purchased your book and I can’t wait to cook away!!! Thank you so much for all these wonderful recipes!

  36. Posted 21 Jul ’14 at 14:42 | #

    I love your blog, your recipes and the videos you’ve started to create recently! The yoga pot is one of my favourite recipes and I have already made it countless times. Thank you so much for all the inspiration and creativity!

  37. Anna
    Posted 26 Aug ’14 at 22:29 | #

    I just made this recipe, saw it on your app, it was so good and satisfying! I’m not even scared for fall/winter to come anylonger ;) Lots of love from France

  38. Kathryn
    Posted 23 Sep ’14 at 00:55 | #

    I just made this and while it was simmering, it smelled heavenly. I couldn’t wait to eat it! I added some yellow pepper for color since we didn’t have many carrots. My husband had two big helpings and there was still a ton leftover which will be great for our lunches. I’m so glad I stumbled onto your blog!

  39. yael
    Posted 29 Sep ’14 at 16:10 | #

    chickpea/lentil/tomato reminds me of a Harira. Try it with some lemon (approx 1/2 – 1 whole lemon per serving). It’s devine.

  40. Mia
    Posted 14 Oct ’14 at 10:51 | #

    1/2 teaspoon dried chili and 1 teaspoon cayenne sounds really lot! Is the dish really spicy, or does the chili get diluted somehow so that it becomes less strong? Usually I never put more than 1/4 teaspoon cayenne in a dish or it gets too strong.

  41. Nicole
    Posted 9 Jan ’15 at 22:48 | #

    I LOVE your Yoga Pot recipe! It is my go-to at least once a week – for lunch or dinner – so fast, easy and I can use any variety of veggies that I want to. Thanks for a keeper!

  42. Lauren C
    Posted 16 Aug ’15 at 19:33 | #

    Absolutely delicious. Just made this for the second time this month! So hearty and healthy! And love how easy it is to prepare.

  43. Erin
    Posted 6 Oct ’15 at 15:08 | #

    I’m on a health food binge, I’m avoiding carbs… so I gave the rice a miss and had mashed sweet potato instead! Yum!
    Absolutely fantastic, even my boyfriend who chokes down veggies enjoyed it. Thank you for this recipe, I’ll be making it again.


  44. Sari
    Posted 27 Oct ’15 at 20:06 | #

    What is that white topping in the picture? I see no mention about it on the recipe or text. I just cooked this and it was delicious! I added some yoghurt on the top, I think I balanced nicely the spiciness.

  45. Eliza
    Posted 18 Jan ’16 at 20:43 | #

    Great recipe! Although I would take it a bit easier with the spices the next time I make it, it got pretty hot.

  46. Sara
    Posted 13 Jun ’16 at 15:34 | #

    I once made this based off of the original recipe and it was delicious. Where can I find the original recipe?

  47. Kasia
    Posted 25 Sep ’16 at 10:27 | #

    Hi, i love this dish. I repeat cooking it all over the year but espetially now when i can get all the irtengents and it is so nicely warming. It is a must when im sick !!
    But i never thougt of freezing it. How log do you guys it will keep in the
    Freezer? As im pregnent now and have a small baby at home it seems perfect ..
    Thank you :-)

  48. Bethan Marie
    Posted 15 Apr ’17 at 12:35 | #

    Tried this last night as our family want to eat less meat and it was amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  49. Marion
    Posted 21 Aug ’17 at 15:08 | #

    Hello !
    I tried this and it was wonderful, as always with your recipes :)
    I’d like to share a tiny problem in the app (somehow couldn’t send an email through it). In the French version that I use, in the list of ingredients it is written “chickpeas” so I bought some… but then in the recipe it was written “beans”. I was confused but I just saw here on the blog that it could be one or the other. Gives me a reason to do it once more, with beans this time !

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