With warmer weather, spring/summer and seasonal events coming up, it's time to get our bodies looking and feeling good. A perfect starting point is not as hard as you might think.
INSERT: KITCHARI. A reset for your gut that's actually pretty delicious. It's also affordable and easy to make!
How to Kitchari cleanse.
For 3 - 21 days you enjoy a bowl of kitchari for two to three of your meals a day. I started with two meals (lunch + dinner) and having yogurt with berries and tea for breakfast. No starvation here.
Kitchari recipe (serves 4)
- 1/2 cup moong dal split mung beans
- 1/2 cup Basmati rice
- 4 cups water
- 1 tablespoon ghee coconut oil or avocado oil for vegan-friendly
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger or a pinch of ground ginger powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- slices of lime or lemon
In a medium bowl, combine the rice and moong dal. Pour enough water to cover the mixture and soak for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, pour the mixture into a fine mesh strainer and rinse with cold water until it runs clear.
Warm the oil or ghee on medium-low heat in a medium pot. Carefully add the cumin seeds and let them cook for about a minute until the seeds start to brown and become fragrant. Add the ginger and ground turmeric.
Add the rice and dal mixture into the pot. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Stir and add the 4 cups of water.
Increase the heat to medium-high to bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Turn the heat down immediately to a gentle simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally until you get a porridge-like consistency. It should be soft and creamy.
Taste the kitchari to make sure the texture is soft. If not, you may need to let it cook a little longer. Turn off the heat and adjust the seasoning, if needed, and stir again. Serve or cool down completely and refrigerate in a sealed container for 3 days.
This tea is packed with spices that stimulate the digestive system and help to remove toxins from the body. It’s recommended to drink throughout the day.
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- 4 cups filtered water
In a small saucepan, combine seeds and water and bring to boil. Turn off heat and cover for 15 minutes or even overnight for a stronger brew.
Strain into a thermos and sip every 20 minutes throughout the day.