India Countdown & Learning about Ayurveda: Recipe for Kitchari

Ayurveda Kitchari Recipe
1 day until we leave for India! I’m attempting to learn a few things before we go. I’ve been reading about Ayurvedic remedies and Doshas…pretty interesting stuff! Here is a traditional Ayurvedic recipe called Kitchari used in Panchakarma – a wholesome balanced food with an excellent source of protein. It’s easy to digest, cleansing and beneficial for all 3 Doshas. It’s all about eating foods that balance your body, meditation and caring for yourself. Thumbs up India!
I can’t wait to learn more. P.S. I highly recommend The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant D. Lad if you’re interested in learning more.

Here is the recipe for Kitchari from the book:

1/2 cup Basmati Rice
1 cup Mung Dal (split yellow)
5 cups Water
1 inch Ginger Root (grated)
1/4 tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Ghee
1/2 tsp. Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp. Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp. Whole Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp. Mustard Seeds (omit for overactive pitta)
1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder
1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing)
Handful Fresh Cilantro Leaves
1 and 1/2 cups Assorted Vegetables (optional)

Wash each rice and dal separately in at least 2 changes of water. Add the 5 cups of water to the rice and dal and cook covered until it becomes soft, about 20 minutes.

While that is cooking, prepare any vegetables that suit your constitution. Cut them into smallish pieces. Add the vegetables to the cooked rice and dal mixture and cook 10 minutes longer.

In a separate saucepan, sauté the seeds in the ghee until they pop. Then add the other spices. Stir together to release the flavors. Stir the sautéed spices into the cooked dal, rice, and vegetable mixture. Add the mineral salt and chopped fresh cilantro and serve.

Teas for each Constitution

Vata Tea — equal parts ground ginger, cumin and coriander
Pitta Tea — equal parts ground cumin, coriander and fennel
Kapha Tea — equal parts ground ginger, cinnamon, and a pinch of clove

If you want to learn more about Ayurveda, take a test to see which Dosha (mind-body type) you align with click here

*Ayurveda is not bound to religious beliefs
Today, Ayurveda is becoming increasingly popular, not only in India but in the whole world. Contrary to common belief ayurvedic principles are not bound to a certain faith or dietary regimes, but have been relevant for all people throughout the world since the very first texts. Some call Ayurveda the “the mother of healing”, as it’s influences can be found in all major world healing systems.

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