How to cook Kitchari (basmati rice and split mung bean) in VitaClay Quick Slow Cooker?
Traditional kitchari recipe is made with simple basmati rice and split mung bean along with a few digestive spices as a transitional Ayurvedic dish. It is a delicious, comforting, nourishing vegetarian / vegan dish. You may use white or brown rice of your choice. Practitioners claim a kitchari cleanse may help:
eliminate accumulated toxins from the mind and body tissues.
improve digestion and restore regular bowel movements.
remove heaviness or congestion in the body.
support a healthy body weight or weight loss.
improve energy and vitality.
promote overall health and wellness.
Can kitchari help you lose weight?
According to School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion, you can start building digestive strength by following a kitchari cleanse. This program helps detoxify the body by cleansing ama, and also resets metabolism by encouraging a diet of easily digestible foods.When agni is strong, you become a more efficient fat burner and your body is in a better position to lose weight.
1/2cupmoong dalsplit mung beans
1/2cupBasmati (or brown) rice
1tablespoongheecoconut oil or avocado oil for vegan-friendly
1/2teaspoonminced fresh gingeror a pinch of ground ginger powder
1/2cupchopped fresh cilantro and slices of lime or lemon (for garnish)
In a medium bowl, combine the rice and moong dal. Pour enough water to cover the mixture and soak for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, pour the mixture into a fine mesh strainer and rinse with cold water until it runs clear. Transfer to your vitaclay clay pot. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Stir and add the 4 cups of water.
Warm the oil or ghee on medium-low heat in a medium pot. Carefully add the cumin seeds and let them cook for about a minute until the seeds start to brown and become fragrant. Add the ginger and ground turmeric and stir for a minute. Transfer to your vitaclay clay pot.
Set on stew to cook for 30 - 40 minutes or until the texture becomes soft. (Optional: let it sit in warm cycle for additional 10-15 minutes as needed)
Image and ingredients courtesy of realandvibrant.com. We modified and simplified to cook in vitaclay clay pot.