Ayurvedic Kitchari Healing Recipe
Cleansing and nourishing, kitchari is a traditional Ayurvedic staple and the perfect dish to get you through January without feeling in any way deprived. This comforting meal is also a complete source of protein (as it combines legumes with grains), so the is great for energy levels (particular if you are vegan) and it's great for the immune system.
Kitchari is a sattvic (pure and nourishing) food that is balancing to all tissues and all dosha. It is best eaten for 2-21 consecutive days as a cleanse, but can also be the perfect addition to a daily routine due to its healing properties and its easily digestible nature.
In ancient traditions, this delicious meal has also been given as part of panchakarma – Ayurveda’s ancient mind-body, cleansing and rejuvenation practice to strengthen the digestive and immune systems, restoring balance and wellbeing. Making this recipe a perfect balance for anyone who wants to restore and heal any element in your life.
"We all have childhood memories linked to food. For me, it’s my mother’s stuffed parathas on Sunday mornings, okra, saag and daal on weeknights and kitchari whenever I felt under the weather." - Anita
- Basmati Rice
- Split mung beans: most the major supermarkets now sell this daal and you’ll certainly find it on-line. You can use yellow and I used green, as it has a delicious nutty, creamy flavour.
- Ghee: if you don’t have ghee, you can use a vegan-friendly oil. If you do have ghee, you would use it to cook and to add a small dollop on the top of your dish just before eating.
- Spices: cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, turmeric, Himalayan salt, pepper chilli, fresh coriander, onions.