Ayurvedic Detoxifying Recipe
Kitchari, a seasoned mixture of rice and mung dal, is basic to Ayurveda way of life. Basmati rice and mung dal both have the qualities of being sweet and cooling. Together they create a very balanced food that is an excellent protein combination. this complete food is easy to digest and gives strength and vitality. It nourishes all the tissues of the body. Kitchari is the preferred food to use while going through deep tissue cleansing programs such as panchakarma. Kitchari is excellent for detoxification.
1 cup yellow mung dal
1 cup basmati rice
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
2 tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 small handful of fresh cilantro
½ cup water
3 tablespoons ghee
1 ½ inch piece of cinnamon bark
5 whole cardamom pods
5 whole cloves
10 black peppercorns
3 bay leaves
¼ teaspoon tumeric
¼ teaspoon salt
6 cups water
Wash the mung dal and rice until water is clear. Soaking the dal for a few hours helps with digestibility.
In a blender, put the ginger, coconut, cilantro and ½ cup water and blend until liquified.
Heat a large saucepan on medium heat and add the ghee, cinnamon, cloves, cardomom, peppercorns and bay leaves. Stir for a moment until fragrant.
Add the blended items to the spices, then the tumeric and salt. Stir unitl lightly browned.
Stir in the mung dal and rice and mix very well.
Pour in the 6 cups of water, cover and bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes, then turn down the heat to very low and cook, lightly covered, until the dal and rice are soft, about 25 - 30 minutes.