IngredientsKitchari means mixture, implying the mixture of grains and legumes that form the basis of kitchari. This dish is a simple porridge that is typically made of basmati rice and split yellow mung dal. However, aduki beans and other beans or legumes can be used in kitchari recipes. In addition to rice and beans, ghee, spices, and vegetables are other common ingredients.
BenefitsKitchari is often consumed because of its many benefits. For one, the combination of rice and mung dal forms a complete protein. In addition, since kitchari is generally easy to digest, it is both nourishing and detoxifying. This makes it a staple food for anyone undergoing a cleanse or in need of digestive help. Another reason kitchari is so beloved is its versatility. For instance, you can thoughtfully choose spices and vegetables to influence the flavor and energetics of your kitchari. It doesn't have to be the same every time! For instance, in this simple kitchari recipe adapted from the Ayurvedic Institute, choose the vegetables and spices to add based on your dosha.
- To pacify Vata dosha, opt for carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips and/or spinach, with warming spices, like ginger and turmeric.
- For calming Pitta dosha, choose any combination of broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, or kale, and cooling spices, like cumin and coriander.
- Kapha dosha does well with cabbage, spinach, broccoli, and/or mustard greens, and heating spices, like mustard seeds and ginger.