Kitchari is traditionally eaten three times a day during an Ayurvedic cleanse, but this simple oatmeal recipe is a good alternative if preparing kitchari before breakfast is not realistic for you. This recipe can also provide a helpful break from the kitchari monodiet—which is especially important if you tend to tire of similar foods easily.
While fruit and grains are typically considered a poor food combination, oats are a particularly light grain and are generally quite digestible.
In addition, when fruits and oats are cooked together, their more diverse qualities are able to mingle in a way that further improves their digestibility.
1/2 cup dry rolled oats
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cups raisins
1/2–1 cup fresh apple, apricot, peach, or pear (cut into small pieces)
Optional Warming Spices
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cardamom powder
1/8 teaspoon ginger powder
Combine the raisins, cut fruit, 1 cup water, and any desired spices in a small saucepan and bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
Reduce heat and simmer for ten to fifteen minutes, or until the fruit is tender and well-cooked (apples may take a tad longer).
Add the oats, the remaining 1/2 cup of water, stir, and return to a boil.
When the mixture boils, stir thoroughly, remove from heat, cover, and let stand for five to ten minutes, until the oats are soft and the water is absorbed. Cool and serve.
Vata. Favor fruits like apricots and peaches. The optional spices will offer a tasty addition of warmth to this dish.
Pitta. Favor fruits like apples and pears. If there is pitta imbalance, favor cinnamon and cardamom, and consider reducing the quantity. For severe pitta imbalance (or if the season is hot) consider foregoing the spices altogether.
Kapha. Any of the fruit mentioned above is fine. If you are primarily focused on balancing kapha, you may also want to try this delicious kapha-pacifying modification: simply combine a couple of varieties of cut fruit, omit the oats and the second batch of water, follow the rest of the recipe as it is, and enjoy a breakfast of stewed fruit.