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Kitchari is one of the staple and most important dishes in an Ayurvedic and yogic diet. Usually a mix of two grains. Kitchari is easy to digest and cleanses the entire body. Whenever you feel like you have over-indulged or your digestive system feels sluggish, just cook this easy one-pot recipe to refresh your system.
- 1/4th cup of yellow moong dal (split)
- 1/4th cup of basmati rice
- 1 zucchini – cut in cubes
- 2 carrots – cut in cubes
- 2 celery stick – cut in 4 halves
- 2 tsp of fresh ginger – grated
- 1 tsp of turmeric powder
- 1tsp of cumin seeds
- ½ tsp of cumin powder
- ½ tsp of coriander powder
- 3 tsp of himalayan salt
- 2 tbsp of olive oil or ghee
- A small bunch of fresh cilantro – chopped
- Clean and soak the moong dal in water for at least 30 minutes
- Wash the rice thoroughly and put it in the rice cooker along with the moong dal
- Add all the chopped vegetables and spices
- Next add water 5 cups of water and let the dish cook on its own
- Once the rice and dal is soft, remove from the stove and add some ghee or olive oil
- Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro
Why is Kitchari so amazing?
- Kitchari heals the gut—one of the main teachings of Ayurveda is that a healthy digestive system is the mainstay of a healthy mind and body.
- Kitchari not only cleanses the toxins from our gut, but nourishes it as well
- Not only is it healing for the body, but nourishing for the mind.
- It balances all the three doshas—Kapha, Pitta, and Vatta