Though counter to what we expect to find in many Western cleanses, because this dish is so easily digested and assimilated, it is at the core of many Ayurvedic cleansing and detox therapies.
Use our guide to customize this recipe to better suit your needs and constitution.
Vata Pacifying Cleansing Kitchari
This recipe is intended to be used during the Autumn and Winter season to pacify Vata. Adapt with additional recommendations and ingredient substitutions below.
1 cup basmati rice
½ cup yellow split mung dal
6 cups water or vegetable stock
1 Tablespoon ghee
1-2 sweet potatoes, diced
1 fennel bulb, finely sliced
A handful of fresh cilantro
1 onion, chopped
1-2 inches fresh ginger, grated or sliced into matchsticks
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon salt
Farmtrue’s Traditional Kitchari Blend:
Other Vata pacifying ingredient options to include:
carrots, winter squash, turmeric, cinnamon, fennel seed
Soak rice and dal overnight and wash and drain until water runs clear.
Prep and chop all ingredients.
In a large stock pot, heat ghee over medium heat and add the mustard and cumin seeds and ginger, and saute for a minute or two until fragrant. You will hear the seeds begin to pop.
Add the onions and saute for a few minutes, adding a bit of water as necessary to keep from burning. Add additional vegetable ingredients, rice and dal, and water and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium low and cover. Cook for 30-45 minutes until potatoes are soft and tender. Add additional water as desired. Kitchari ranges from the consistency of a dense stew or can be watered down to that of a soup.
Top with additional ghee if desired, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lemon or lime if desired.
For Kapha Pacifying Kitchari:
Reduce ghee or omit and dry roast or cook herbs and onions in water.
Instead of sweet potatoes, choose from a variety of summer squashes, green beans, kale, bitter greens, sprouts, broccoli and additional stimulating spices of: coriander, lemongrass, turmeric, peppercorn, or Farmtrue’s Traditional Kitchari Blend.
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For Pitta Pacifying Kitchari:
In addition to sweet potato and fennel include, asparagus, carrots, jerusalem artichoke, bitter greens, cauliflower, celery, and additional cooling spices including: curry leaves, fenugreek, saffron, mint, basil, and tarragon or Farmtrue’s cooling Kitchari Blend
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