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-Virgil 

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Kitchari for Detoxing and Digestion

"The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in."
B. K. S. Iyengar


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What is Kitchari?

Kitchari is a dish originating from India. It is a combination of Mung Dal Beans, Basmati Rice, spices and veggies (optional). To begin with, I don't have an extensive background in Ayurvedic cooking or the medicinal properties of these herbs. On the contrary, I do know that this dish is delicious, warming, as well as a lovely home cooked meal. If you are interested in Ayurvedic philosophy, in particular, the benefits for the constitutes ( Pitta, Vata, and Kapha) then this recipe is excellent for your arsenal.


Kitchari Benefits

  • The combination of legumes with grains helps this dish to be a complete source of protein.

  • The spice mixture itself can aid in a balanced body in terms of appetite and digestion. I use Banyan Botanical's Kitchari Spice Mix. Benefits of their spice blend include:

    • Turmeric to bolster the immune system, purify the blood, as well as promote clear and healthy skin

    • Mustard seeds to support a healthy digestive fire

    • Cumin to support both a healthy appetite and digestive process

  • Kitchari can be a great alternative to a juice cleanse or intermittent fasting. In spite of their benefits, these approaches aren't for me. I prefer the filling and nourishing aspects of Kitchari which help my body to feel nourished and my mind clear. John Douillard's article, "Benefits of Kitchari: The Complete Protein Superfood" could be a great resource, especially if you want to explore more of the science of a Kitchari cleanse and how it could benefit you.


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Kitchari Recipe

Whether mid-winter, or mid-summer, Kitchari is worthy of being a staple in your kitchen. Read on to learn how to make this simple, delicious, and nourishing meal.

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes

Yields: 4 Servings


Ingredients:

A. 1/2 cup split Mung Dal Beans. Rinse them until the water runs clear or soak over night.

B. 1 cup Basmati Rice

C. 1-2 tablespoons Banyan Botanicals Spice Blind

D. 1-2 tablespoons Ghee (clarified butter)

E. 1 tablespoon Ginger (Diced)

F. 4-6 cups of Water or Vegetable Broth

G. Cilantro and/or Coconut Yogurt for Garnish (optional)

Instructions:

1. Heat ghee in pan on medium-high heat, add ginger, and stir until fragrant.

2. Sauté Kitchari spice blend until fragrant (30-60 seconds).

3. Add Mung Dal Beans and Rice. Stir until coated with spices.

4. Add 4 cups of water (or vegetable broth), stir, and bring to boil on high heat. Then drop temperature to medium-low and allow mixture to simmer ~30-45 minutes. Add more water if the mixture is too dry.

5. You can add your veggies of choice about half-way through the cooking process. I recommend zucchini, carrots, or peas.

6. Serve hot and enjoy on its on or with a scoop of coconut yogurt and cilantro for garnish.

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