Sometimes transliterated from Sanskrit as “kitcheree” or “kitchari”, in either case this is the traditional Ayurvedic dish. It’s hailed for its ability to detox the body and balance all three doshas, or body types:vata, pitta, and kapha.
Kitcheree is believed to provide the most easily-assimilated proteins and nutrients for all the dhatus, or body structures. I’ve been making it a lot lately, as it feels very nourishing to me on all levels.
The best thing about it? It’s a one pot meal! You throw everything in a pot and pretty much go read or write or do something else. My kind of cooking: fresh, but super easy! ☺
There are probably a million versions of recipes out there. But the basic idea is equal parts rice (classically basmati but I use brown rice), and mung beans, (seasonal and of course your favorite) vegetables, and appropriate seasonal spices.
This dish is hearty, full of filling fiber, protein, minerals and vital micronutrients, and digests well.
This version is also properly Beauty Food Paired/Food Combined. Some versions encourage the adding in of cashews and other nuts, but I don’t recommend that for our Beauty Food Pairing rules, and because it makes the dish feel overly heavy to me.
Remember:Rice and mung beans, lentils and other legumes combine okay because legumes contain both protein and starch and can combine. But rice (starch) and nuts (protein) is a really heavy and potentially bloating combo!
This wonderful version has cleansing beets and sunchokes (or Jerusalem artichokes), which are high in iron, protein and potassium.
1cupBasmati or brown ricesoaked overnight and rinsed well (you can buy brown rice sprouted now and skip this step if you tend to forget!)
1cupsplit mung beanspreferably soaked overnight and rinsed well
1cupof chopped kale
2sunchokes/Jerusalem artichokespeeled and sliced thinly
1 ½tsp.black pepperfreshly
1Tbs.Himalayan sea saltor to taste
¼cupchopped cilantro or parsley
Start steaming the beets immediately in a separate pot, which can take up to an hour (you can start doing this before you prep, gather or chop any of the other ingredients to save time. Steaming beforehand will prevent the whole pot from running a red color).
Meanwhile, add mung beans and rice together in equal quantities in the same pot, along with the water. Cook for about 20 minutes, and add in the vegetables and turmeric. Simmer for another 20 minutes or so.
Toss the beets into the pot once softened, along with the sea salt and black pepper. Adjust seasonings and serve piping hot and fresh!