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,...
4 1/2 cups pure water
2 heaping teaspoons peppermint or fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon natural mineral salt
1/4 lime (squeezed juice)
2 teaspoons turbinado sugar or a ½ tsp of Maple Syrup or Raw honey
Boil water. Remove from heat and add herbs, salt, and lime.
Steep ten minutes, strain, add sweetner, and drink warm or at room temperature.
2-3 slices fresh ginger
¼ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp fennel seeds
½ tsp of coriander seeds or 1 tbs of freshly chopped coriander leaves
Boil one litre of water and put all the ingredients in the water & boil for 5 minutes.
Filter the water and keep it in a thermos flask. Throw away the ingredients.
Drink this water warm, throughout the day, for purifying, detoxifying and cleansing of the digestive system.
Remember that your food will absorb the energy of your mindset and state of being while you are cooking. You can assist your healing process by bringing good intentions and a sense of presence into your kitchen.
Kitchari is a stew-type meal that is prepared from basmati rice and split mung dal. During a cleanse, appropriate vegetables provide texture, flavor, and an important source of fiber.
Kitchari is very easy to digest, which makes it a wonderful food for any cleansing regimen. It allows the digestive system to rest, allocating extra energy to the body’s natural detoxification processes.
The quantities in this recipe provide a good starting point for a day’s supply of kitchari, but as you learn your preferences and habits, you are welcome to adjust the quantities to better fit your needs.
1 cup white basmati rice
1/2 cup yellow mung dal (or yellow lentils if mung beans are not available)
2 tablespoons ghee
1 tablespoon kitchari spice mix*
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