Spring is a wonderful time to a do a cleanse.
The best option is full Panchakarma cleansing program that Ayurveda offers as a primary protocol for treating dis-ease and illness and restoring optimal health. However, knowing that not everyone has the time, space or money to do such a comprehensive cleanse, you can also just take a digestive break and eat kitcharee for a day or a weekend.
What is kitcharee?
Kitcharee is a healing food made up of equal parts rice and mung beans usually with spices. Sometimes vegetables are also added. It is easy to digest and can be used therapeutically for healing and cleansing. However, it is also is a great regular staple food for maintaining health.
There are many, many different types of kitcharee recipes. If you enjoy this food, I invite you to look through cookbooks and try out new varieties. If you find one you really love, don’t forget to share it with us!
To get you started, this particular recipe is very mild and balancing for all three Doshas.
Tri-doshic Balancing Kitcharee
- ¼ c split mung dal
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- ½ c basmati rice
- salt to taste
- 2 c water
- 2 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
- 1/2 c diced vegetables (optional)
In a medium pot on high heat, combine all ingredients, except ghee, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover with lid, and cook for 25-30 minutes. Drizzle with oil or ghee before serving.
©2012, Jamie Durner, Ayurvedic Natural Health Practitioner and Wellness Educator