How to Make Kitchari
Today, I am sharing How to Make Kitchari. This Cleansing Ayurvedic Porridge helps to heal your gut and improves digestion. A bowl of Kitchari is perfect after holiday time, or anytime we may have overeaten and need to give our digestive system a rest and reset.
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What Are Ayurvedic and Kitchari?
If you are new to Kitchari and Ayurvedic, both are worth learning more about as they beautifully complement a Traditional Foods Kitchen. Ayurvedic is an adjective that describes things that are part of a healing philosophy known as Ayurveda, which is a natural system of medicine that originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. Ayurveda translates to “knowledge of life.”
Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic or “whole-body” healing systems. It’s based on a natural way of working with the human body that promotes overall good health. Ayurvedic medicine does not specifically focus on fighting disease, but dietary plans and treatments are typically advised when a specific health problem presents itself.
Often when digestive upset strikes, nutritionists recommend Kitchari. This porridge is easy to digest and is soothing to the digestive tract, bringing balance back to the body. And that is the focus of Ayurveda—to keep the body in balance.
Kitchari is Easy to Make
A nice feature about Kitchari is that it is very easy to make. So if you feel a bit under the weather from overindulging in rich food or your digestion feels overtaxed with indigestion, Kitchari can help calm down your digestive system.
You can eat this porridge three times a day, if you want, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until you start to feel back to normal. Or back into balance as Ayurveda would describe it! 😊
Kitchari and Healing Recipes in Books
John Douillard, the author of the Three Season Diet and Eat Wheat, includes the recipe for Kitchari in both of his books because he believes it is one of the most important foods for healing the digestive system.
I highly recommend both of his books if you have struggled:
- To lose weight,
- Battled food cravings, or
- Dealt with food intolerances to wheat and dairy.
He provides insightful advice to help with all three areas of these food imbalances.
And for expanding your knowledge about Traditional Foods and how to properly prepare them, Sally Fallon’s books are invaluable:
I have relied on her Nourishing Traditions book for years to guide me on my Traditional Foods Journey.
Behind the Scenes: Making Kitchari
In my latest vodcast, you can get a behind the scenes look at my kitchen when I filmed the making Kitchari recipe video. These in-depth vodcasts and live streams are exclusively available to members of the Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy, who we call Kitchen Pioneers. You can learn more about my optional YouTube membership community, including members-only videos and exclusive perks.
More Healing Recipes
If you are looking for more healing recipes that are Ayurvedic in nature, anti-inflammatory, and help boost immunity, check out the videos below.
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- Medium-sized saucepan or soup pot
- 1 cup Split yellow mung dahl beans
- 1 cup White rice, preferably Basmati Easy to digest whole grains can be substituted, such as quinoa or millet, but both should be soaked overnight and drained before adding to the recipe.
- 3 tbsp. Ghee, clarified butter Butter or coconut oil can be substituted.
- 1/2 tsp. Cumin seeds An additional 1/4 tsp. of cumin powder can be used if cumin seeds are not available.
- 1/2 tsp. Whole mustard seeds, brown or yellow
- 1/2 tsp. Turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp. Coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp. Cumin powder
- 1 tbsp. Ginger, freshly grated Ground powdered ginger can be substituted. Start with a 1/2 teaspoon and increase to taste.
- 8 cups Water If you want a thicker Kitchari, reduce the water to 6 cups. If you want a more soupy Kitchari, increase the water to 10 cups.
- 1/2 tsp. Fine ground sea salt Or add more to taste.
- 1 bunch Fresh cilantro Flat-leaf Italian parsley can be substituted.
- Rinse the split yellow mung dahl and rice in a mesh strainer until the water runs clear. Set aside.
- Add the ghee to a medium-sized saucepan that's placed on a burner set to medium heat. Once the ghee has melted, add the cumin seeds and toast lightly for one minute.
- Add the mustard seeds, mix well, and continue to toast lightly for one minute.
- Add all the powdered spices, mix well, and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. (If using powdered ginger, also add it at this time.)
- Add the fresh ginger and mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and add the dahl and the rice and toss well with the ghee spice mixture until fully coated.
- Return the saucepan to the burner and add the water. Stir well and bring the mixture up to a boil.
- Once the mixture comes up to a boil, immediately cover the saucepan and turn the heat down to low.
- Cook the mixture for 30 minutes or longer until the dahl and rice are very tender. Check the mixture periodically during the cooking time and stir it occasionally to make sure that it is not sticking to the bottom of the saucepan.
- Once the mixture has finished cooking, remove it from the heat, add in the salt, and stir well. Add additional salt to taste.
- Transfer portions to warm bowls and top with cilantro or flat-leaf Italian parsley. Serve immediately.
- Kitchari will stay fresh when stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. To reheat, transfer a portion to a saucepan and warm it thoroughly. You may add additional water if needed.
- Kitchari may also be frozen in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag for up to 2 months. To reheat, allow the Kitchari to defrost in the refrigerator, then transfer it to a saucepan and warm it thoroughly. You may add additional water if needed.
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Ingredients for Kitchari
- Basmati Rice
- Coriander (Ground)
- Cumin (Ground)
- Cumin Seed
- Ginger (Ground)
- Mustard Seed
- Sea Salt
- Turmeric (Ground)
- Yellow Mung Dal
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