Kitchari Recipe

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Kitchari Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup Basmati Rice
1 cup Mung Dal (split yellow)
 6 cups (approx.)  Water
 1/2 to 1 inch  Ginger Root, chopped or grated
a bit of Mineral Salt (1/4 tsp. or so)
2 tsp. Ghee
1/2 tsp. Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp. Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp. Whole Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp. Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder
1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing)
Handful Fresh Cilantro/Coriander Leaves
1 and 1/2 cups Assorted Vegetables or greens (optional)

Kitchari means mixture, usually of two grains. This is one kitchari recipe that is particularly nourishing and easy to digest. Please note the options below for some alternatives.

Options

  • Vegetables such as zucchini,
    asparagus, sweet potato
  • For Vata or Kapha conditions:
    add a pinch of ginger powder
  • For Pitta: leave out the mustard seeds

Preparation

Carefully pick over rice and dal to remove any stones. Wash each separately in at least 2-3 changes of water. Add the 6 cups of water to the rice and dal and cook covered until it becomes soft, about 20 minutes.

While that is cooking, prepare any vegetables that suit your constitution. Cut them into smallish pieces. Add the vegetables to the cooked rice and dal mixture and cook 10 minutes longer.

In a separate saucepan, sauté the seeds in the ghee until they pop. Then add the other spices. Stir together to release the flavors. Stir the sautéed spices into the cooked dal, rice, and vegetable mixture. Add the mineral salt and chopped fresh cilantro and serve.

Teas for each Constitution

Vata Tea — equal parts ground ginger, cumin and coriander
Pitta Tea — equal parts ground cumin, coriander and fennel
Kapha Tea — equal parts ground ginger, cinnamon, and a pinch of clove

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