The reason this dish is revered highly in Ayurveda is mainly because it balances all the three doshas – Kapha, Pitta, and Vata. Kitchari has been a staple food in India for many, many years and is eaten mainly for its amazing taste and texture; the long list of health benefits is an added side benefit!
Some of the Benefits of Eating Kitchari
1. Easily prepared
2. Easily digested
3. Nutrient rich
4. Builds vitality and strength
5. Excellent detox dish
6. Kitchari spices bring aroma, flavor and reawakens the digestive fire (agni)
7. Cleanses toxins from bodily tissues
8. Restores sagging energy
9. Dish acts as a medicine to bring the body in a balanced state
The secret to a great tasting dish lies in the spices used! Kitchari uses the right kind of spices in the right proportion to give you not only a comforty warm tasting meal but the medicinal benefits of the spices aid in proper digestion, assimilation, and elimination – which in turn makes this a high powered detox meal! The easiest way to make this recipe is using a pressure cooker. You can also make this in a stockpot.
Kitchari Ingredients: (2-3 servings)
If you are using a pressure cooker you can cook the grains and make the kitchari all in one pot! First add the oil in the cooker pan and sauté the mustard and cumin seeds. Later on add the quinoa and beans mixing it slowly with the above mentioned spice powders. Sauté this for a minute until you smell the amazing aroma. Add water to cover the pot and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. The consistency should be thick and mushy.
This can be easily done in a stockpot; the only difference is you need to cook the quinoa and mung beans separately following the packet directions. Later on, you can follow the same procedure to adding spices as given above.
Ingredients for Raw Toppings Sauce
Mix all these ingredients in a bowl with the assorted veggies. For best flavors to come out keep these veggies marinated for about 30 mins. Having the Kitchari with all this flavorful raw toppings, takes this dish to a whole new dimension of flavor and nutrition.
In India, this versatile dish is eaten any time of the day, one can have it for breakfast to kickstart the day, make this a wholesome lunch on any hectic weekday, or have it as a comforty soothing dish on any lazy weekend. Enjoy!