Kitchari literally means chaos, a big mess. But it’s function is completely opposite – cleansing and bringing back order and balance in the organism.
Kitchari is a typical dish for the Asian cuisine and its basic ingredients are basmati rice and mung dal. And according to Ayurvedic writings and recipes “it is a dish that has the power to totally reset the organism” – like you were being born once again. At least when we’re talking about your internal organs…
The Kitchari cleanse helps slow down the rush of harmful foods in your body and restores it with nutrition. Mixing rice and beans adds up on the protein intake of our body, but also helps with providing the essential amino acids – which as we grow older, can not be made by our bodies in satisfying quantity.
Here are the ingredients for this amazing, regenerating and rejuvenating dish:
- 1 cup uncooked split mung beans
- ½ cup uncooked white basmati rice
- 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon dried ginger powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- Optional: ½ teaspoon each coriander powder and fennel
- 6 cups of water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Optional: 1 small handful fresh chopped cilantro leaves
How to mix all of these ingredients?
Well, first, rinse the rice and the beans. Put the mung beans in 4 cups of water and boil them, let them stay in the water for about 2 hours and then rinse them with cold water again.
Next step: put a big pot on medium heat and add: the sesame oil and all the spices, stir it up and then, add the cooked mung beans and the rice. Add the water – about 6 cups and the bay leaves at the end, boiling all this beautiful mixture for about 15 minutes. Then, cover the pot and lower the heat to minimum. This is needed for the rice and beans to become softer, almost like pudding. The cilantro leaves are added as a serving for the dish – but they also improve the taste!