Ayurvedic Kitchari Cleanse Recipes
1 tsp of ghee
½ inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tsp of fennel powder
1 tsp of cumin powder
1 tsp of coriander powder
¼ tsp of salt (best to avoid, but ok if needed for taste)
¼ tsp of pepper
¼ tsp of turmeric powder
½ cup of white basmati rice, rinsed
¼ cup of split green or yellow mung dahl, rinsed
4 cups of water
fresh veggies (ex. one carrot sliced and 2 leaves of kale chopped)
¼ tsp of cardamom powder
*this recipe makes 2 servings
Instructions: Heat up the ghee on low to medium in a 2-3 quart saucepan. Once ghee is warm, add the chopped ginger. Once the ginger browns a little, add the spices (except cardamom). Heat for 1 minute. Add the rice and mung. Mix well to coat the rice and mung with ghee and spices. Let sit for 1 minute. Add the water, cover and bring to boil. Once boiling, uncover and add the harder veggies (like carrot). Add softer veggies (like kale) a little while later. You may need to add water, so have hot water ready. Stir the kitcheri every 5 minutes or so. Cook until the rice and beans are soft. Stir in the cardamom, then serve. (To heat up left over kitcheri, add a little water)
Variations: For the cleanse you can use carrots, green beans, kale (leafy greens), celery, corn, cilantro, broccoli or cauliflower. For example, one day you may add one carrot and a handful of green beans. Another day you may add 1/2 cup of broccoli and 1/2 cup of cauliflower. Get creative. You can add as many veggies as you’d like! Also play around with spices. Feel free to add spices you like.
Rice for breakfast
1/4 cup of basmati rice (rinsed)
1 1/4 cup of water
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ghee
Instructions: Add the water to rice and bring it to boil. Once boiling, bring down the heat to medium and keep a calm boil. Stir often to keep from sticking to the bottom of the pot, and boil until the rice is fully cooked. (Have hot water ready if you need to add any.) Serve the rice, then add coriander and ghee. Mix well and eat calmly.
Additions: If you need a sweet treat, you can add a small amount of raisins or chopped prunes to the rice. Add the raisins/prunes at the beginning and cook with the rice. Another variation is to add a pinch of ground cardamom or a pinch of cinnamon. Also, if you feel you need to eat a little more rice, 1/3 cup rice is fine too.