Kitchari is the traditional cleansing food of Ayurveda. It is a combination of split mung beans and white basmati rice with plenty of spices. Amidst all of the modern diet trends happening today, this might seem like an unusual cleansing food. But it is absolutely fabulous.
The combination of rice and mung dal provides all the amino acids needed to form a complete protein. Eaten on their own, each of these foods is missing one or more of the essential amino acids that our bodies are not able to make on their own. However, together they make magic happen! The protein content of kitchari supports stable blood sugar levels so that energy and mental clarity are balanced during the cleansing process . We suggest Kitchari mono diet cleanse when you feel called to it. Enjoy. . .
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1⁄2 tsp whole cumin seeds -optional
- 1⁄2 tsp mustard seeds -optional
- 1⁄2 tsp coriander powder
- 1⁄2 tsp cumin powder
- 1⁄2 tsp turmeric powder -optional
- 1⁄2 inch ginger root, chopped or grated
- 1⁄2 cup white rice, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup mung beans ( split yellow), rinsed and drained
- 6 cups of water
- 1 1⁄2 cups assorted vegetables (optional)
- Sea salt
- Fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds and cook until they pop. Add the sliced leek and ginger and cook until softened. Stir in the coriander and sauté until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add dal and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until dal is softened, about 20 minutes. Stir in stock cube and simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes . Add water as needed to adjust the consistency to your liking. Before serving, stir in spinach and lemon juice. Salt to taste.