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Protein- and carbohydrate-rich kitchari, made of yellow mung dal and basmati rice along with spices and ghee, is used as a cleansing food in Ayurveda.
Rinse and strain the mung dal beans until the water runs clear, about 5 times.
In a large pot over mediumhigh heat, heat the ghee or oil. Add the black mustard, cumin, fennel, and fenugreek seeds and toast until the mustard seeds pop, about 1 minute.
Add turmeric, black pepper, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon, and mix together.
Stir in the rice and beans.
Add 8 cups of water, chopped vegetables, cloves, bay leaves, and cardamom pods.
Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
Cook at least one hour, until the beans and rice are soft and the kitchari has a porridgelike consistency.
Serve warm with fresh cilantro on top, if desired.
- Serving Size 8
- Calories 202
- Carbohydrate Content 47 g
- Cholesterol Content 0 mg
- Fat Content 5 g
- Fiber Content 12 g
- Protein Content 12 g
- Saturated Fat Content 2 g
- Sodium Content 0 mg
- Sugar Content 0 g
- Trans Fat Content 0 g
- Unsaturated Fat Content 0 g