Ready for the next must try trend that you can make easily and cheaply at home?! Well, Kitchari [kich-uh-ree] one of those dishes that you can never quite pronounce, but always ready for more. Kitchari is an ancient ayurvedic recipe that has gained popularity with the trends of detoxing, gut health and anti-inflammatory diets.
Some have sworn this dish has reversed gut health, digestive problems and removing toxins from the body. Let’s see how these simple ingredients can really make these changes.
The Ayurvedic Diet - it is an ancient diet that is centered around food as medicine. The practice is designed around three ‘body types’ (or doshas), which each have their own set of food guidelines to follow. There is Vata, Pitta and Kapha. [ Find your own Dosha and learn more with this quiz ]. In theory each of the doshas require a different set of nutrients to perform at the optimal level and achieve balance. However, Kitchari is said to be ‘tri-doshic” which means it is a whole and balancing food for every person!
The winning combination of rice and lentils creates a complete protein when eaten together. Providing all of the amino acids your body needs to perform optimally aiding in stabilizing blood sugar, energy and mental clarity. Kitchari is known to improve your ‘agni’, which is known as your digestive fire. Your agni determines how you digest and absorb nutrients. An imbalanced agni can result in an accumulation of toxins and malnourishment. Adding Kitchari to your diet can help restore the balance in your gut and improve absorption.
Once proper absorption is achieved, toxins are unable to penetrate the blood stream and can be easily removed and eliminated by the body. And lucky you, this dish packs 15g of fiber per serving, so those toxins will be eliminated in no time!
Kitchari can be used as a detox, similar to a juice fast, consuming kitchari for each meal throughout the day. Following this detox for up to a week allows your gut to fully reset and turn into a nutrient absorption machine. Or simply add kitchari into a healthy routine and add a serving or two to your week, for a mid week balance.
Ok ok you get it, its good for you, its protein and fiber packed and delicious. So without further ado here is another trendy, healthy and cheap AF recipe to add to your recipe book.
What you need:
1 c Yellow Lentils or Red Lentils
1/2 c Brown Rice or White Basmati Rice
4 c Vegetable Stock or Water
2 tsp Cumin *
2 1/2 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Fennel seed *
1 tsp Coriander *
1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 tsp mustard seed *
1 tbsp Olive Oil
* These spices can be whole or ground, if you are trying to stay on the cheap side reach for ground I won’t tell!
In the sauce pot add 1 tbsp olive oil on medium heat, add all spices and allow to cook until fragrant.
Add in rice, lentils and stock.
Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, until all of the water has been absorbed and lentils are cooked through.
Serve immediately or cool and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Pro tip: Serve it up with wilted greens or steamed vegetables to give you an extra boost of nutrients
Our homemade kitchari cost: $4.70 for 4 servings!
Yellow Lentils or Red Lentils $1.00
Brown Rice or White Basmati Rice $0.50
Vegetable Stock or Water $2.00
Fennel seed $0.10
Fresh Ginger $0.20
Mustard seed $0.10
Olive Oil $0.30
Ok, I’ll let you go to the grocery and get started on this detoxifying recipe.