Kitchari | 13 Apr 14, Pille

Kitchari (also: kitcheri or kitchadi) is a traditional Ayurvedic meal and there are many different versions possible. The recipe plays a key role in Ayurvedic nutritional healing, especially during illness and detoxing.  
Kitchari is a traditional Ayurvedic one-pot meal and there are many different versions possible. The recipe plays a key role in Ayurvedic nutritional healing, especially during illness and detoxing.  It is easy to adjust to different needs, playing a bit with the choice of the spices and with the added vegetables. The mix of rice and beans is providing the complete protein, making it an ideal meal for vegans and vegetarians as well. Also ideal for a mono-diet (eating kitchari for three meals a day, for a day or even for a longer period). It is easy to digest, wholesome and nourishing.  
Here a tridoshic recipe: 1 cup basmati rice  1/2-1 cup split yellow mung dal (much easier to digest and assimilate than the green mung dal which is unsplit) 4 cups water 2 Tbsp. ghee or olive oil 1 Tbsp fresh ginger root 1/2-1 tsp. cumin powder 1/2-1 tsp. coriander powder 1/2-1 tsp. turmeric 1/2 tsp. sea salt or rock salt (option: you can add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds or fennel seeds) A choice of your liking of chopped vegetables: carrots, green beans, broccoli, zucchini, green leafy greens (now it's a perfect time for nettles, dandelions and other yummy natural stuff!).  
Directions: wash the rice and the mung dal (for even better digestion you could soke them overnight and then drain). Heat the oil/ghee in a pan and fry ginger there for a short time, then add now the optional mustard or fenugreek seeds if used, after a little while add the rice and mung dal, stir until the rice looks transparent. Then add the rest of the spices (except the salt) and the veggies (except the grean leaves, you would like to add them later, towards the end of the cooking). Add boiled water (carefully as it gets wild in the beginning) and let cook on low heat for 20-30 min, or until everything's cooked.  Serve with cilantro (fresh coriander leaves), lemon or lime wedges and/or a chutney. Hope you enjoy!
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