Kitchari is a Hindi word that means "mixture," and it's the perfect dish for cleansing your liver. It's made with a combination of mung beans or dal, basmati rice, spices, and easily digestible vegetables like carrots, celery, asparagus, spinach, green beans, or broccoli.
You can choose either green mung beans or yellow mung beans. The latter has been dehusked, making it much lighter to digest, but it loses much of its fiber content. Both are good options.
White basmati rice, 1 cup
Mung bean, ½ cup
Ghee, 2 tablespoons
Vegetables, 2 cups
Coriander to garnish
Water, 6 cups
Mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon
Coriander seeds, ½ teaspoon
Fresh ginger finely grated, 3 or 4 cm inches
Turmeric, 1 teaspoon
¼ asafoetida powder
Rock salt to taste
Tip: Excess water and over-stirring can turn it mushy. Garnish the kitchari with your choice of fresh coriander.
Soak the beans overnight. Strain the soaking water. Mix the rice with the beans and rinse them until the water is clear.
Warm the ghee and add all the seeds. Sauté these spices until the mustard seeds begin to pop. Add the turmeric, asafoetida, and fresh ginger. Stir briefly until aromatic.
Add the rice and bean mixture and stir for a few minutes.
Add the water and bring to a boil. Then add the salt, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer.
About halfway through the cooking, add in the vegetables.
Simmer until the rice, beans, and vegetables are cooked. Turn off the heat, remove from the stove, and garnish with coriander leaves when you're ready to eat.
Kitchari is a nourishing and cleansing dish that's easy to digest and perfect for restoring balance to your liver. Enjoy it as a meal on its own or as a side dish.