I LOVE this dish… It truly is healing.
I first tried this recipe on a yoga retreat. My beautiful step-mother-in-law created it for dinner one evening and I was hooked!
I LOVED how delicious and nurturing the dish felt. The smell, texture, and brightness of the spices lures any human, who is pulled to healing, right in.
Kitchari (kitch-a-ree) is a healing soup that is gently formulated with mung beans and rice along with other ingredients to restore proper nutrition back into the body. The soup itself is meant to calm the intestinal track and relight the ‘angi,’ or fire, in the belly.
In Eastern Ayurvedic teachings, proper health and nutrition begin in the digestive tract. Kitchari cleansing involves a mono-diet that is easy for the body to break down and process with each day targeting a specific organ.” (Source)
There are several variations to a basic kitcheri recipe and the one below is basic, easy to start with, and balancing to all three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha). (Learn more about the Doshas here)
You will find that the ingredients are readily available at most health food and East Indian grocery stores. Also, the spices can be sourced online.
If you don’t wish to source every ingredient, another option is the Banyan Botanicals, they provide a Kitchari Spice Mix all put together and the mung dal. You can also find the spice mix on Amazon and the organic Mung Dal.
I highly recommend soaking rice and mung dal, separately, in water overnight! Add 1 tbsp. of ACV or lemon juice to the rice and water when you soak and 1 tbsp. of baking soda to the mung dal and water to soak.
Let’s do this:
If you are using a pressure cooker:
If you’re using a regular pot:
You may have to experiment with how much liquid (water or broth) you use to find a consistency that you like. (The more water, the thinner the consistency). A thinner consistency is preferable if your digestion is weak. You will notice that Kitcheri will thicken when it cools and you may need more water or broth than you originally thought.
Garnishes will enhance the dish and bring more nourishment to your body.
Have you made Kitchari before? Are you going to try this dish? Please share!
In health and wellness,
NTP, Clean Living Educator & Advocate
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