K I T C H A R I
Updated: Nov 5, 2022
Kitchari is an ancient Ayurvedic healing dish, loaded with the perfect balance of spices to balance all dosha types and is loaded with grains which are super easy to digest.
The more we delve into the digestion/gut chat, the more we realise we are not alone. From eating on the run, making poor dietary choices to simply being stressed - gut health is noticeably grumbling in the foreground for many. Here is something we birds vouch for and hope it helps you on your path to healing from the inside out.
Kitchari is a dish made of split mung beans, bastmati rice and the perfect balance of spices. Basmati rice and mung dal together create a balanced food that is a good protein combination and is tridoshic (Ayurveda has three 'doshas' or 'body types' which take in consideration your personality, your environment & habits. Take the dosha test here). This complete food is easy to digest and gives strength and vitality - yessir!
Kitchari is excellent for detoxification and de-aging of the cells! Erm where do we sign? Make this easy peezy this one-pot wonder (legit prepared & ready in around 30mins) enjoy it for dinner or dive into a 3 day cleanse. Learn more on the 3 day cleanse here.
A three-day cleanse can help to:
Improve digestion & remove toxins
Reduce body fat
Improve your sleep
Clear & calm our busy, crazy minds
2 cups of yellow mung dal (aka yellow split mung beans)
1 cup of quinoa (or more traditionally basmati rice)
2 Tbsp of ghee
4 cardamom pods
2 sweet potatoes (optional)
5 cups of water (or more)
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp fennel seeds
2 tsp black mustard seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp turmeric
(option to add in fresh greens like spinach or kale with each serving)
Rinse and soak mung dal & quinoa overnight
Measure out all spices into a cup
Add ghee / oil into large pot. Add all the spices and sauté on a medium heat until fragrant (careful not to burn!)
Stir in mung dal & quinoa/rice.
Add water and chopped vege. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and put lid on.
Cook for around 30-40mins, adding more water if needed. Ensure dal and beans are completely soft. You should be able to squish between your fingers easily.
Just before serving add another tablespoon of ghee to add a beautiful shine to your dish.
Serve with coconut yoghurt, green chutney a squeeze of fresh lime and fresh herbs to garnish. Kitchari is the Ayurvedic no.1 detox & cleansing meal. It has the perfect balance of all the flavours to fire up your digestion aiding in weight loss, ultimately though Kitchari is the meal to bring you into balanced health.
Juice from a lime
1 green chill de-seeded
¼ cup of olive oil
a thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
a handful of coriander, parsley & mint
1 tsp cumin
salt & pepper
Put all ingredients into a nutria bullet or kitchen whiz until a smooth paste, put into an airtight container. Will keep in the fridge for a around week. Will also freeze