By: Dr. Meghana Thanki
Kitchari is a seasoned mixture of rice and mung dal. It is a meal which is capable of nourishing all tissues of the body. Kitchari is rich in protein yet easy to digest giving tremendous vitality to any individual. Ayurvedically, it is a tridoshic meal which means that it is suitable for all 3 constitutions or doshas- vata, pitta, and kapha.
It is also excellent for detoxification and de-aging of cells as well as any time an individual wants to give their system a rest.
Ingredients: Serves 6 1cup
Mung Dal (split yellow) 2 cups
Basmati Rice, white 8 cups Water 1 inch
Ginger root, fresh, chopped or grated 2 tsp.
Ghee ½ tsp. Turmeric ½ tsp.
Coriander Powder ½ tsp. Cumin Powder ½ tsp.
Whole Cumin Seeds ½ tsp.
Mustard Seeds ¼ tsp.
Mineral Salt 1 pinch
Asafoetida (Hing) Handful Fresh Cilantro Leaves 1 ½ cups
Assorted Vegetables – zucchini, asparagus, or sweet potato, corn, peas, or edamame can be used as well. If using can sauté them along with the ghee in the beginning or can add later.
Carefully pick over rice and dal to remove any stones. Wash in at least 2 changes of water. If time allows let the mung dal soak for a few hours before cooking, as it helps with digestibility. If you have a particularly difficult time digesting beans, you may want to precook the beans for 20-30 minutes using 4 cups of water.
In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the ghee and add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds and hing.
Stir a moment until the seeds pop.
Add the rice, mung dal, turmeric, fresh ginger root, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt and stir.
Add water and vegetables. Enough water to cover all contents in saucepan and bring to a boil.
Boil for 5 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally.
Turn down the heat to low and cover, leaving the lid slightly ajar.
Cook until tender, about 20-25 minutes.
Add fresh cilantro as a garnish and serve. Can also eat with fresh yogurt on the side.
Dr. Meghana Thanki, Is a Naturopathic Physician with training in areas of healing such as counseling, yoga, constitutionally based assessments, ayurvedic remedies (ancient time honored alternative medicine) and nutritional supplementation for supporting emotional and physical health resulting in spontaneous healing. She is specifically trained to listen carefully to the complaints of the mind being manifested through body symptoms so as to address any blockages and generate a spontaneous healing response supported by nature.
Her consultations include a detailed medical history as well as tongue and pulse diagnosis according to Ayurveda
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