If you're not already acquainted with the kitchari life, you're in for a treat. This Ayurvedic wonder isn't just a meal; it's a lifestyle tool that has the power to bolster digestion, simplify the gut, and nourish the body and soul.
In our sound yoga trainings and mantra chanting retreats, kitchari always takes center stage as the magic sauce that keeps everyone nourished and healthy. When your digestion is good, your immune system is more resilient, and you're able to put the sound & mantra vibrations to work as the healing therapy for mental, emotional, and spiritual health! That's why we serve simple, warm, easy to digest kitchari.
Because I know you must be curious, here's a spelling note for you Sanskrit pronunciation nerds out there (after my own heart!):
In IAST it's spelled khicaḍī
In Devanāgarī it's spelled खिचड़ी
I'm using the common English spelling in this blog post, but you can be sure that if you hear it out of my mouth you'll notice the 3rd position Ḍ!
Over the years I've adapted one of my Indian grandma's recipes to make it more veggie-heavy and fresh, and now kitchari stands out as one of the very few dishes that I make exactly the same every time – because it's perfect!
The red lentils, green mung beans, basmati rice, and aromatic spices creates a harmonious blend that never fails to bring me home to myself.
Everyone who tries it says "I could eat this every day!"
Soaking the Lentils and Rice:
Preparing the Pressure Cooker or Saucepan:
Tempering the Spices:
Incorporating Lentils, Beans, and Rice:
Adding Spices and Vegetables:
Cooking to Perfection:
Savor the Magic:
Follow the same basic recipe instructions as above, but double:
1 cup red lentils
3/4 cup whole green mung beans
1/4 cup basmati rice
Put the Instapot on Sautee and roast the spices in ghee:
1/2 tsp aesofatida
2 tsp whole cumin seeds
Add the soaked beans and rice, plus:
2 tsp turmeric
8-10 cups of water
Close the lid and pressure cook for 2 minutes.
I usually turn it off before it does the “low” setting, and just wait 10-15 minutes before venting the steam, opening the lid, and stirring in my fresh chopped greens and frozen peas.
Simply use coconut oil instead of ghee!
No dogma promised, and no experience is required; retreats are simply an invitation into the heart-opening, timeless practices of mantra and music.
And kitchari is always on the menu. ;)
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