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 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.
Are you a first time kitcheree eater? If so, what do you think? Or if you are a seasoned one, what are some of your favorite veggies to add?
Can’t wait to hear how you do! See you back here soon.
Lots of love,