Kitchari: the Cleansing Ayurvedic Dish Everyone Should Be Eating

Meet kitchari! This bowl may not look like much to the eye, but this Ayurvedic mung bean dish is considered incredibly nourishing and cleansing {and the new health rage on the yogi scene}. 

kitchari: the cleansing ayurvedic dish everyone should be eating | Meet kitchari! This bowl may not look like much to the eye, but this Ayurvedic mung bean dish is considered incredibly nourishing and cleansing {and the new health rage on the yogi scene}. | www.nourishmovelove.com

Kitchari. Kit-cha-what?! I know it threw me for a loop too. Kitchari, pronounced kich-ah-ree is a traditional Indian dish that’s taking over the ‘health scene’ as the new way of cleansing.

I recently read about this mung bean dish in Kate Hudson’s new book, Pretty Happy. Which I highly recommend reading while sipping on a big mug of this lemon, ginger, turmeric detox tea and wearing this all natural mud mask {talk about a girls night}!

Kitchari is the Indian equivalent of chicken soup or steel cut oats. A simple, porridge-like blend of beans and spices, it’s super-soothing and easy for the body to break down; commonly used as a ‘get healthy’ remedy.

kitchari: the cleansing ayurvedic dish everyone should be eating | Meet kitchari! This bowl may not look like much to the eye, but this Ayurvedic mung bean dish is considered incredibly nourishing and cleansing {and the new health rage on the yogi scene}. | www.nourishmovelove.com

After learning more about it and hearing it’s the new detox food gaining popularity in the yogi scene, I thought I’d give it a try. So I started working on my own kitchari recipe based on what I had in my kitchen.

Conveniently I had a bunch of mung beans left over from when I tried sprouting them for the first time last summer. Plus they’re inexpensive so if my recipe was a total flop, well, no harm done.

my take on kitchari, the ayurvedic cleansing dish

kitchari: the cleansing ayurvedic dish everyone should be eating | Meet kitchari! This bowl may not look like much to the eye, but this Ayurvedic mung bean dish is considered incredibly nourishing and cleansing {and the new health rage on the yogi scene}. | www.nourishmovelove.comThe typical kitchari cleanse suggests eating this dish for 3 consecutive days. While this sounds better than starving yourself or slamming lemon, maple syrup, cayenne pepper water for three days; I didn’t make this dish to cleanse but to simply give it a try and sub it for one-to-two meals a day. 

Now there are several kitchari recipes out there but. Simply, ‘Google it’ and you’ll see the options are endless, but this is my take on this traditional Indian dish.

kitchari: the cleansing ayurvedic dish everyone should be eating | Meet kitchari! This bowl may not look like much to the eye, but this Ayurvedic mung bean dish is considered incredibly nourishing and cleansing {and the new health rage on the yogi scene}. | www.nourishmovelove.com

I cut down the ingredient list a bit and just used what I had on had — mung beans, fresh ginger, turmeric, unsweetened coconut, cinnamon and coconut oil. This recipe does take some time as you have to soak the mung beans for a couple hours in water, so I recommend making a big batch on a meal prep day.

You can stick to those core ingredients for the more standard version of the dish or you can also add a roasted vegetable puree to add more substance. Which is basically just a liquefied blend of roasted vegetables; I personally liked using broccoli, carrots and butternut squash for my vegetable puree.

kitchari: the cleansing ayurvedic dish everyone should be eating | Meet kitchari! This bowl may not look like much to the eye, but this Ayurvedic mung bean dish is considered incredibly nourishing and cleansing {and the new health rage on the yogi scene}. | www.nourishmovelove.comPersonally, I liked the standard dish {with extra coconut and cinnamon} for breakfast; kind of like a big bowl of porridge or steel cut oats. But when I ate the dish later in the day, for lunch, dinner or snacking, I added 1-2 cups of the roasted vegetable puree giving it a more savory substance. 

If you’re like me and love trying new dishes, this one is totally worth a try!

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Meet kitchari! This bowl may not look like much to the eye, but this Ayurvedic mung bean dish is considered incredibly nourishing and cleansing {and the new health rage on the yogi scene}.
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 3-4 c water
  • 1 c soaked mung beans
  • 1, 4” chunk fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse the mung beans and let soak in water for 2 hours. the water should cover the mung beans completely.
  2. In a blender combine the fresh ginger, shredded coconut and ½ c water.
  3. In a large saucepan melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the cinnamon and turmeric to the pan and heat until warm {watch careful as you don’t want it to burn}.
  4. Drain the soaking mung beans and add them to the spice mixture in the pan.
  5. Add 3 cups water to the pan and bring the mung beans to a boil, cover and let simmer on low heat for 25 minutes until the beans are soft.
  6. Enjoy anytime of day and feel free to add more coconut or cinnamon to sweeten the kitchari up. Or add roasted vegetable puree to add a more savory substance.
  7. **To make the roasted vegetable puree roast 2 cups broccoli, 1 c carrots and 2 cups cubed butternut squash. I like to add a little garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast on a large pan at 400 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. Then let the vegetables cool and blend in a high speed blender to create a vegetable puree.
Notes
*Makes approximately 4-6 servings {serving is about ½ c}. Store leftovers in fridge in glass container for up to one week. You can also freeze.
**Personally, I liked the standard dish {with extra coconut and cinnamon} for breakfast; kind of like a big bowl of porridge or steel cut oats. But when I ate the dish later in the day, for lunch, dinner or snacking, I added 1-2 cups of the roasted vegetable puree giving it a more savory substance.

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kitchari: the cleansing ayurvedic dish everyone should be eating | Meet kitchari! This bowl may not look like much to the eye, but this Ayurvedic mung bean dish is considered incredibly nourishing and cleansing {and the new health rage on the yogi scene}. | www.nourishmovelove.com

4 comments
    • Sarah! Yes, it’s totally worth a try (I liked it way more than I thought)! And I’m so with you, I love sparkly new thing…who doesn’t right?!

    • Right?! I thought it was very interesting too, but I’m glad I gave it a try – I was surprised by how much I liked it!