Kitchari or Khichadi as it is known is one of most potent and healing food recommended by Ayurveda. It is one of the perfect foods to try out this monsoon to keep your doshas balanced. The ingredients in the khichadi helps to purify the blood and support proper kidney functions. Monsoon is known to aggravate the Pitta Dosha and it is important to balance the dosha to avoid any illnesses.
Khichadhi is a preparation of rice and mung beans along with vegetables that are healthy for your body. Mung dal is used in the recipe because it helps to eliminate the toxins out of the system. We’ve listed a fairly simple recipe that you can try out this season to eat healthy. Steamed vegetables are always a good choice as a side dish if you want a variety with your meal.
Pitta Cooling Khichadi
What you need
½ cup organic white basmati rice
½ cup organic yellow split mung dal or whole green mung beans
½ a cup of carrots and green beans, washed and diced
1 small zucchini chopped
2 tbsp ghee
½ teaspoon each of fennel and cumin seeds
1 inch freshly grated ginger
½ teaspoon each of sea salt and turmeric
1 teaspoon of coriander powder
6 cups of water
Cooking the khichari
Wash rice and mung dal and soak for three hours at least. Drain the water in which you soaked the dal and rice. In a saucepan, add the ghee and let it warm a bit. Add the fennel seeds, cumin seeds and ginger. Saute for a minute. Add the rice and dal and saute for another 3-4 minutes. Toss in the cut veggies now and stir for a few minutes. Add the salt, turmeric and coriander powder and saute for 30 seconds. Add the water and let the khichadi boil. Reduce to a medium heat and cover and cook till everything is tender. This should take roughly 45 minutes on a low flame. Keep checking the water and the consistency of the khichadi regularly. It should not be a broth, but more like a stew.
Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and eat when it is still hot.
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