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.


  • The Welte Fam
    Lovely dish,great 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;)
  • Thank you so much for this lovely recipe. I cooked it today and will eat it tomorrow after yoga :-).
  • Tine Thomasen
    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.
  • Katia
    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
  • Maggie
    This is absolutely delicious! I didnt have plum tomatoes so i used diced and some crushed tomatoes. Thank you for the recipe!
  • KaatjaV
    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
  • Tinian is the herb thyme in English (just had to translate it online). I am really looking forward to making this meal tonight.
  • tess
    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.
  • Jo
    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.
  • Laura
    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!
  • Frédérique
    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!
  • 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!
  • I love yoga and I love pots! (what?) This looks amazing. Making it soon!
  • Leslie
    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 :)
  • Tina
    Yummy recipe! It works so well for my veg head hubby and me =D Your picture looks amazing! Love your blog as well.
  • You are one gorgeous pregnant lady! I hope I look half as good as that one day.
  • Pernilla
    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! :)
    • 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! /Luise
  • Very inspiring! I've just started doing yoga for the first time and I love it!
  • 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. :)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • such a beautiful picture!! xoxo
  • 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. Swede
  • 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!
  • nice photos with great recipe! i bet this veggi dish must be super flavorful with all those spices and
  • This recipe looks delicious! Your blog is wonderful! I hope to make this to eat after a yoga class sometime next week!
  • Although consistent with spices, it keeps a very airy touch. Very appetizing.
  • you look gorgeous! i too am a yoga and pilates fan, it inspires me to eat well during the day too. Recipe looks great ~
  • This is totally singing to me right now. The perfect combination of veggies, pulses, aromatics and spices. Lovely!

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