Like you need something to come into your body and do a clean sweep? Clear everything out, get all the hard to reach places, and just detox?
Well, this kitchari recipe is the closest thing to that I’ve ever had.
Ayurvedic practitioners have long believed that kitchari does just that. It’s a classic dish made of mung beans, rice, and vegetables and was created to improve bowel movements, cleanse the mind and body tissue, and remove any heaviness or congestion in the body.
It’s also believed to help support your agni, or metabolic fire. This supports your passion for life, your zest, and your energy.
That’s a big list, and maybe too much for one recipe to take on, but in my experience, kitchari has definitely made me feel clean, cleansed, improved my digestion when I’ve felt backed up, and made me feel lighter.
You probably have gleaned by now, if you are a subscriber of mine, that juice detoxes or smoothie trends that leave you paying tons of money for a week of little plastic juice containers (and a rumbling, hungry belly) aren’t my thing.
There are a few reasons…
You’ve probably seen online people that have healed themselves with juice cleanses, and they have, I’m sure!
But that’s generally taking someone that has eaten processed food as their primary diet, did a juice cleanse for a bit, healed (because anything would be better than what they were eating) and then eventually had to figure out how to eat real food again.
It’s loaded with fiber from all the mung beans (or lentils) and veggies, the best things at supporting healthy digestion.
This is particularly helpful for me after I’ve been traveling. My system tends to back up (even when I have my trusty flaxseed + psyllium husk combo with me) when I fly, so when I get home, I REALLY want something quick and easy to make that will help get my digestion warmed up again.
Kitchari is the perfect answer.
However, I do skip the rice that is traditionally combined with mung beans. It is absolutely something you can add to your dish (it’s delicious with rice!), but my body just does better insulin wise with just legumes.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Naturally gluten free and vegan.