Jun 14, 2017
Authentic Indian Kitchari + INSTANT POT GIVEAWAY!
If you’ve never heard of kitchari, you’re not alone. Many people have never heard about it and its deep, rich flavor and aromatic spices. Kitchari is a mainstay of traditional Indian households. All traditional East Indian people know that when one is weakened or sick they should eat only kichari for a speedy recovery. It’s basically an Indian dal made with split mung beans.
Ayurvedic medicine, deemed “the mother of natural healing,” holds an ancient tradition that if one eats only kichari for at least three weeks, it will cure all diseases. The reasons stated are that kichari is a delicious, light and easily digestible food that supplies all one’s nutritional needs while affording the internal organs the opportunity to recover from dietary excesses and/or deficiencies that are the foundation for disease.
A “kitchari fast” or “kitchari cleanse” is gaining popularity in the US these days, where all you eat for one day—or up to five days—is this lovely dish. I did this once and didn’t notice any real benefits but I’m sure it’s because I eat this way all the time! 🙂 However, if you’re new to healthy, plant-based, whole-food eating, or if you feel you need a cleanse, doing a one or two-day kitchari fast may be a perfect way to detoxify and rest your overworked digestive system.
Kitchari means mixture. That’s because traditionally, it is made with mung beans and rice. Basmati rice to be precise. I don’t add rice to my kitchari. I prefer just the beans. I don’t eat white rice (the usual rice used) and since brown basmati, while delicious and nutritious, would be my substitute, I feel that it may be too heavy to digest, thus negating the positive quality of this easy-to-digest meal. Kitchari fasting is ultimately a mono-diet, which means the body receives a limited diversity of food and therefore needs to produce a limited number of digestive enzymes. The work of the digestive system is lessened, allowing for greater healing and cleansing to occur. Water only fasting is simply not practical for many people. This is a great solution and will afford your digestive system a much needed rest.
And here is a link to Amazon where I purchase my mung beans. These are the best I have found: Banyan Botanicals Split Mung Beans
For the spices, my go-to source (if you don’t live near an Indian Market) is Indian Foods Co. They will have everything you need to make this recipe.
Back to that Instant Pot giveaway!!! If you don’t have one yet, here is your chance! It is by far the best electric pressure cooker on the market. I use mine practically daily! It’s especially good for cooking dry beans. It’s also great for whole grains and many other wonderful dishes.