Kichari: The Science of Healing
Kichari is the most healing of foods. A staple of Ayurvedic healing & detoxing. Not to mention it is seriously delicious. Kichari is gentle, warm,soft, tonifying, & cleansing. It's like a warm, grounding hug of goodness. Especially in colder months, kichari is a staple for wellness & vitality.
Healing Kichari (Vegan, GF)
1/2 Cup of split mung beans
1/2 Cup of basmati rice
3 Tbsp Ghee, or Coconut Oil for Vegan
1/2 tsp Ginger powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Clove powder
1 tsp Cinnamon powder
Dash of Cayenne
Dash of freshly ground Black Pepper
1/4 tsp crushed Garlic
5 Cups water (*can also use 3 cups water & 2 cups organic veggie broth for more flavor)
1 Tbsp Coconut Aminos (optional)
Sea or Himalayan Salt to taste
Handful of fresh cilantro
1. Begin by rinsing the uncooked beans and rice a few times in a strainer. (can be mixed together)
2. Chop the garlic.
3. Melt Ghee or Coconut Oil in a large soup pot over medium-low heat. Add the ginger, turmeric, clove, cinnamon, dash each of cayenne and fresh black pepper, and gently sauté for one minute. Then add the garlic and stir well.
4. Add the drained rice and beans into the spiced oil or ghee. Stir until fully glazed.
5. Turn heat to medium-high and add the water. Give it a good stir, bring it to a boil and then lower the heat back to medium-low and cover.
6. Allow to cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Check occasionally to make sure it's not boiling too much nor drying up too fast. Aim for a slow gentle boil until the rice and beans are a desired soft texture.
7. Allow to cool and top with fresh cilantro.
8. Option to also top with sautéed (in coconut oil or ghee) broccoli, carrots, and chard for added nutrients.