Kitchari: An ayurvedic Recipe for Healing and Cleansing

Kitchari: An ayurvedic Recipe for Healing and Cleansing

Kitchari is an ayurvedic stew for cleansing and restoring the body. It is made with mung dal (split green mung beans) and basmati rice which are delicately spiced to aid digestion, stimulate removal of toxins and restore your body to a youthful vigor. Consult with your ayurvedic practitioner to learn about kitchari cleanses for weight loss and ama reduction.

Servings: 2

1 tablespoon ghee
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¾ teaspoon fennel seeds
¾ teaspoon coriander seeds (lightly crushed with mortar and pestle)
pinch hing
½ cup split peeled mung beans (soaked overnight)
½ cup basmati rice
3 cups water
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon ginger powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pippali (or crushed black pepper)
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
Lime wedge (optional garnish)

1. Melt the ghee in medium sauce pan on medium low heat.
2. Add cumin, fennel, coriander seeds and hing. Cook until you hear the seeds “pop” (about 30 seconds).
3. Add the beans, rice, water, turmeric and ginger.
4. Bring to a boil, stirring to combine. Reduce heat to low and simmer loosely covered. Check the pan after 15 minutes, give it a stir and add more water if necessary.
5. Continue cooking until the beans are soft and the kitchari consistency is to your preference (from soupy to “dry”). You may need to add water if the beans don’t cook fast enough, in which case, you may want to adjust (increase) the spices too. Remove from heat and stir in the salt, pepper and cilantro.

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