The thought of eating the same Ayurvedic kitchari for days might sound intensely boring to you. But if you struggle with digestion issues, as I have for many years, the idea of a mono diet might be appealing. Think of it as a three-day reprieve from worrying about everything you are putting in your mouth, and a much needed break for your digestive system too. This is the whole point of a 3-day Ayurvedic Kitchari cleanse.
Kitchari, the main dish in the three-day cleanse diet, is perfectly balanced with gut-soothing spices and easy-to-digest legumes and rice. It's designed to reset your digestion by allowing it to rest from the usual menagerie of food you are supplying it on a regular basis.
Whether you are having this dish for a quick single meal reset or three times a day, it is a nice way to give a little love to your digestive systems and say thank you for all its hard work.
If you want to try the three-day cleanse I did, you can find the details right here.
1/2teaspoonsalt(rock salt or pink Himalayan salt preferred)
1small handful cilantro,chopped
Drizzle of sesame oil
Rinse the rice and mung beans in a colander until the water runs clear. Place in a bowl, cover with water and let soak for 2-8 hours (this step is optional but it will make the Ayurvedic kitchari even easier to digest). After soaking, drain and rinse the rice and beans again.
In a heavy sauce pot, heat the coconut oil over medium-low heat. Add all of the spices except the bay leaves and sauté in the oil until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
Add the mung beans and rice and stir to combine.
Add the water, bay leaves and salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30-40 minutes, or until the rice is very soft and the consistency is closer to a stew than a soup. You can add a little water if it is too thick for your taste.
The kitchari is ready to serve, although you may wish to add the optional garnishes (see above).