How to Make Mung Dal, Coconut & Cilantro Kitchari (Pitta Reducing)
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 60 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Wash the mung dal and rice separately. Soak the mung dal for a few hours if you have the time, then drain. Put the ginger, coconut, cilantro and the 1/2c water into a food processor and blend until liquefied. Heat the ghee on medium in a large saucepan and add the blended items, turmeric and salt. Stir well and bring to a boil to release the flavor. Next mix in the rice, mung dal and the six cups of water. Return to a boil. Boil, uncovered, for five minutes. Then cover, leaving the lid slightly ajar. Turn down the heat to simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes, until the dal and rice are tender.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Just like a comforting bowl of grandma's chicken soup, kitchari will leave you feeling nourished and content. This Pitta Pacifying Kitchari contains Ayurveda's top foods to reduce inflammation. It cools and soothes internally so you'll feel refreshed and at ease after eating. Although tridoshic, this kitchari is especially suitable for Pitta types that are prone to feeling overheated, irritable or stressed out. The cilantro and coconut are cooling foods that remedy a Pitta.
A combination of mild and subtle flavors, this meal helps calm a fiery digestive tract. Hearty yet light, it satisfies your hunger but is still easy to digest. Kitchari is a staple in the Ayurvedic diet and is considered the signature cleansing meal. It can, however, be enjoyed at any time to give your stomach a well deserved break from eating complicated foods or eating on the run.
Kitchari is the perfect meal to call on when you are feeling under the weather, recovering from an illness, when you just want to reset or when you want to do an Ayurvedic cleanse.
About Pitta Dosha and InflammationInflammation is the body's defence mechanism to help clear and remove irritants or pathogens. While it serves an important function, chronic inflammation can be detrimental to the digestive tract. Pitta dosha is responsible for all heat in the body, therefore inflammation is a Pitta imbalance.
Tissues become red, hot and swollen and over time, and the delicate lining of the digestive tract can become damaged. Eventually, this can progress to inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or leaky gut. A stressful lifestyle and diet of highly processed foods, sugar, alcohol and coffee are all contributing factors to chronic inflammation.
Foods that Reduce InflammationThe two main ingredients of this soft, savory meal are mung beans and basmati rice which are both cooling food that are nourishing, easy to digest and also key foods to reduce inflammation. Mung beans have a natural antacid effect, helping balance acidity in the stomach and soothe internal heat.
Their astringent taste is cooling and also tones and tightens bodily tissues. This means they can be useful to alleviate "hot" digestive symptoms like diarrhea, acid reflux, halt bleeding and help seal perforated tissues. Emotionally, astringent taste can help you cool off and collect your thoughts.
Cool Down with Anti-Inflammatory HerbsPungent spices, like dry ginger or black pepper, will aggravate those with ulcers or inflammation. Instead, this recipe blends anti-inflammatory digestives which maintain digestive strength (agni) without overheating you.
Turmeric reduces inflammation and boosts agni by increasing blood flow to digestive organs. Cilantro and lime are both cooling digestives and are often used to mellow a spicy dish and add a freshness to the meal.
Cleanse & Refresh with a Kitchari Mono DietDo a Kitchari Cleanse in order to give the digestive tract a holistic cleanse. A time tested recipe, its rich fiber content is cleansing to the GI tract and helps to bulk up stool for easier elimination. Digestive spices detoxify by clearing metabolic wastes (ama) in the gut that can cause irritation and inflammation.
Your digestive tract is constantly challenged on a daily basis - morning cups of coffee, complicated meals like pizzas or burritos and greasy, fried foods. Even foods that are normally deemed "healthy" such as raw salads and chilled green smoothie can all take a toll on digestive strength. Favor these nourishing foods to reduce inflammation to restore your energy and vitality.