Kitchari is the preferred food to use when seasonal cleansing. Kitchari means mixture - typically of basmati rice and mung dal cooked with digestive spices. This specific combination makes it a balanced superfood that detoxifies, purifies, and strengthens the body. It is an easy to digest and complete food consisting of protein, fat, fiber, (PFF). Kitchari nourishes all the whole body, builds better immunity and reduces cellular aging. It tastes YUM too!
Traditional Kitchari at Home
Ingredients (serving for four )
Buy organic to ensure quality.
3/4 cup Yellow or Split Green Mung
1/2 cup white Basmati Rice
1-2 tbs ghee (my choice) or sesame or olive or coconut oil
3-4 cups filter water for cooking and separate water to soak the dal and rice
1 tbs or to your taste Mineral salt
1-2 grinds of fresh black pepper
Spices (option to dry roast and keep in a jar)
1/4 tsp. Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp. Coriander powder
1/4 tsp. Ginger Fresh (grated)
1/4 tsp. Fenugreek seeds
1/4 tsp. Turmeric powder
Garnishes Chopped fresh cilantro or mint, unsweetened shredded coconut, and a squeeze or two of lime wedge.
Soak dal and rice in a bowl together with two cups of water for 30 minutes or up to 3 hours. Before cooking throughly wash and at least 3 changes of water, until the water gets clearer.
Sauté the seeds in the ghee (or other oil) in a stainless steel pot over medium heat until they pop. Then turn to low heat and add the other spices and stir.
Add the mung dal and rice mixture, sauté for 1 or 2 minutes. Then add water, bring to a boil and turn heat to low, simmer covered with lid slightly ajar.
Stir 10 mins in, cover again and continue to simmer on low heat for 30 mins.
Add little water if needed, make sure fully cooked. Kitchari consistency is soft and moist. Cover until ready to eat. Best served right after cooking.
Enjoy with the garnishes of your liking and a side salad or fresh veggies.