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KITCHARI

When to eat Kitchari:
• When you are stressed out or sick
• When you want to give your digestion a break
• As part of a nourishing cleanse
• When you are having unhealthy cravings
• When you want to prepare several meals at a time

Kitchari is the most traditional detox food of Ayurveda, a tri-doshic combination of split lentils (dal) and rice, with vegetables and digestion enhancing spices that nourish the six tastes. If it has the consistency of porridge or baby food, it is easy to digest, nutritious and delicious. Considered a complete food, you can eat it as a mono-diet for weeks, or just for the day.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup  White basmati rice, or quinoa, or millet
  • 1 cup  Mung dal (split yellow) or split red lentils
  • 6 -8 cups  Water depending on desired thickness 
  • 1⁄2 -1 inch  piece of ginger root, grated
  • 2 tsp Ghee or Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. each Cumin, Mustard, and Fenugreek Seeds
  • 1 tsp. each Fennel, coriander and turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch Asafoetida powder (optional)
  • 3  Bay Leaves
  • 1 strip Kombu seaweed

(OR substitute all spices with 2 Tbls. organic curry powder)

2 cups Assorted vegetables (optional):
Above Ground veggies: green beans, squash, celery
Root vegetables: such as carrots, beets, turnips, sweet potatoes. 
Stir in fresh greens at the end: kale, chard, or spinach

PREPARATION

  • Soak rice or quinoa, and dal of your choice in two separate bowls for 8 hours. Can add a pinch of asafetida (hing) to lentils while soaking to reduce gas.
  • Rinse well and strain each separately. Set aside.
  • Melt the ghee or coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat and add the cumin, mustard, fennel and whatever other seeds stirring to make sure they don’t burn.
  • Add the strained and rinsed dal and stir for another minute. Or dry roast the spices, and add raw oil or ghee before serving.
  • Add the 6 cups of water to the dal, also the grated ginger and powdered curry or other spices, kombu and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and turn down to medium-low.
  • Add the rice when this comes to a boil, and cook covered until it becomes soft, about 20 – 30 minutes. 
  • Add the vegetables after the rice to the cooking rice and dal mixture. 
  • Add mineral salt and black pepper to taste; garnish with chopped fresh cilantro and serve. 
  • Delicious with a squeeze of lemon or lime juice on top. 
  • Will keep refrigerated for 3 days.
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tri-Doshic Digestive Blend of Six Spices

This gentle Digestive Formula Improves and Regulates Digestive Fire

Utilize your kitchen pharmacy and six digestion enhancing herbs: Ginger, Coriander, Cumin, Cardamom, Fennel & Turmeric

1 part each of coriander, cumin, and fennel

1⁄2 part cardamom, and turmeric

1⁄4 part ginger

STIR 1/4 - 1/2 Tsp of this mixture into hot water.
Each of these herbs individually do great things for digestion. 
When blended together this delicious formula reboots digestion by increasing enzyme and acid production, bile production, pancreatic enzymes, duodenal enzymes, and moves and drains the lymphatics located in the intestinal villi.
This formula is very effective at reducing bloating and gas.
Use this as a spice blend/condiment on your food, or drink.

Digestive Wellness

Good digestion and proper diet is considered by Ayurveda and many natural healing systems to be the key to overall health and wellbeing. Here is an approach to some common digestive issues.