In this article by Larisa Litvin, learn how to make kitchari – Ayurveda’s Ultimate Detox Food!
Kitchari is a simply prepared tridoshic dish made from rice, moong dal and spices. It has been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic practitioners to not only detoxify the body but to strengthen and nourish it as well. We invite you to enjoy and reap the benefits of this simple-to-prepare, tasty, balancing, and healing meal.
How to Make Kitchari
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1/2 cup yellow split moong dal
- 3 teaspoons ghee (or coconut oil)
- 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon hing (asafetida)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 4 cups water
- Salt to taste
- Wash rice and moong dal.
- In a pot on medium heat, melt ghee and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and hing. Stir for a minute.
- Add rice, moong dal and turmeric and stir until blended with spices.
- Add water and salt. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to simmer, cover with the lid, leaving a small opening.
- Cook for about half an hour, until soft and mushy.
Kitchari is wonderful served with fresh cilantro leaves, unsweetened shredded coconut, steamed veggies, and/or freshly squeezed lime juice.