Whether you are doing a week long home cleanse, full Panchakarma cleansing program that Ayurveda offers as a primary protocol for treating dis-ease and illness and restoring optimal health, or simply doing a 1-3 day mini reset after the holidays, kitcharee is the perfect food.
What is kitcharee?
Kitcharee is a healing food made up of equal parts rice and mung beans with spices. Vegetables can be added while cooking or steamed or stir fried and served on the side. It is easy to digest dish and can be used therapeutically for healing and cleansing or as a regular weekly meal 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
- 1-2 tsp. dosha specific spice blend or garam masala* (optional for extra flavor)
- 2 c water
- 2 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
- 3/4 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. This can also be made in a rice cooker. If you like the dish soupy, simply add additional water.
*Dosha specific spice blends such as Pitta spice, Vata spice or Kapha spice are sold at Ayurveda Wellness. Garam masala is a traditional Indian spice mix found at Indian grocery stores.
©2012, Jamie Durner, Ayurvedic Natural Health Practitioner and Wellness Educator