Kitchari is the traditional cleansing dish in Ayurveda. It’s made primarily of split mung beans, white basmati rice and lots of nourishing, anti-inflammatory spices.
Not only is kitchari easy to digest, the astringent (dry) nature of the split mung beans has the quality of pulling out toxins that build up from the system to be released. The fiber in the split mung beans helps to move these toxins out altogether.
That said, for extra fiber, a bit of psyllium husk could also be added.
Also interesting: the combination of rice and split mung beans provides all the essential amino acids the body needs to form a complete protein. This protein content supports stable blood sugar levels during the cleansing process.
Because kitchari is easy to digest, it’s typically given to people who need to support their health, including babies and the elderly. It’s also helpful for anyone who wants to give their digestive system a rest for a few days.
This dish is easy to make and super tasty, thanks to a variety of spices, including coriander, cumin, ginger and fennel to name a few. Veggies can also be added (optional).
Wishing you a nourishing week, in body, mind and soul. 💓🌱
Ayurveda and Panchakarma by Dr. Sunil V. Joshi