Food As Medicine | Ayurvedic Kitchari Cleanse

Clear thinking, sustained energy, and well-being with an Ayurvedic Kitchari Cleanse

Ayurvedic Kitchari, is it the right time?

As the end of the year draws to a close, I have been pondering what I want to leave behind and how I want to feel. I want to feel focused and clear-minded, have sustained energy, and end the year with fortified strength so I can start the new year with a healthy body and happy mind.

I have an autoimmune disease called endometriosis and although it’s more or less in remission, it tends to flare up around Christmas time when a few foods not often on my regular eating regimen may slip through. Family stress and emotional triggers play into it as well, and as recently deceased spiritual teacher and wise sage Ram Dass concludes, “If you think you’re enlightened, go and spend a week with your family.”

Well, I tried that, and now I need a Ayurvedic Kitchari Cleanse!

How can we replenish, nourish, and detox our organs without extreme fasting and get about our day effortlessly? Ayurvedic Kitchari Cleanse!

Kitchari is a foundation to Ayurvedic medicine and is an ancient yogic practice. The recipe includes basmati rice and mung dal (also known as moong dal). You can buy the dal from your local Indian supermarket, which is always a great experience – it’s fun to try new ingredients and it smells so good in there. 

Ayurvedic Kitchari has many variations and is a one pot meal. It’s very quick to put together and is a budget vegetarian meal that is delicious. 

Basmati rice and mung dal together create a balanced food that is a good protein combination. This complete food is easy to digest and gives strength and vitality. It nourishes all the tissues of the body. It’s excellent for detoxification and it helps prevent the aging of our cells. I like to call it my longevity soup!

In my recipe, I include zucchini because they are great for removing excess water in the body and also cooling things down in summer. I also put in kale and carrot for fibre and digestion, and I add fresh coriander right at the end.

I usually eat this for three to four days for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a complete cleanse. You can take it for up to a week and will feel nourished and satisfied.

Here is my recipe:

Ayurvedic Kitchari (4 servings)

  • 1 teaspoon cumin (dried)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander (dried) 
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds 
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (dried)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 black cardamom pod (available at Indian markets)
  • 1 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons turmeric (dried)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (grated finely) 
  • 1 teaspoon fennel powder (dried)
  • 1 cup organic basmati rice
  • ½ cup mong dal
  • 3 to 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 zucchini (diced)
  • 4 leaves fresh kale (chopped)
  • 1 carrot (diced)
  • fresh coriander 

In a large pot, heat the ghee and add the cumin seeds and brown mustard seeds. Heat until fragrant, being careful not to burn the seeds.

Add all the remaining ingredients. The water should be 4 inches higher than the ingredients for a soup consistency.

Cook on low heat for around 25 minutes and season with some Himalayan sea salt.

This amount with give you one day of Kitchari cleanse. Simply reheat the soup at each meal and garnish with fresh coriander.

This is an easy recipe that will fit perfectly in your busy lifestyle but of course if you want to taste mine feel free to contact me here.