Restore mind, body, and soul with a one-day kitchari cleanse. This kitchari recipe is an Indian comfort food that Ayurvedic physicians have been prescribing for centuries.
Kitchari is often made up of basmati rice, mung dal (split yellow peas), and a handful of spices such as turmeric, ginger, coriander, and cumin.
Kitchari is packed with nutrients, eliminates toxins from the body, restores balance, and promotes strength and vitality. This kitchari recipe is also very easy for the body to digest, which is why it is also typically included in the Ayurvedic Diet as a “fasting” food.
When participating in a kitchari cleanse, you should only be eating kitchari for the first day. Liquids such as water and tea may also accompany this kitchari recipe. If you’re a coffee drinker, limit yourself to one cup. Eat however much kitchari you want to feel satisfied throughout the day.
Cook time: 30 minutes
Prep time: 5 minutes
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1/2 cup mung dal soaked overnight
- 6 cups boiling water
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1 pinch asafoetida a spice also called hing — available at Indian groceries
- 1 cup chopped vegetables of your preference
- 1 tsp ground cumin or coriander or any other spices you choose (optional)
- Combine the rice with the mung dal and wash twice. Place rice and beans into boiling water, adding the turmeric and asafoetida.
- Cook over medium heat until the water is mostly absorbed.
- Add one more cup of lukewarm water, vegetables, and optional spices if you’re using them. The final dish should be a stew with a very moist and soft consistency.