This recipe or variations of it, is very popular in the yoga world. It's nourishing and in light of how easy it is to digest it's equally cleansing. Its healing effect on the digestive system and on fat metabolism also means that it's widely used for our spiritual evolution process as it enhances physical energy and mental steadiness while creating inner calmness. You can have it for breakfast, lunch or/and dinner. You can have it anytime or you can use it as a cleanse. You can commit to a weekly one day cleanse or use it for a 3, 7, 11 or 28 day cleanse ( full moon to full moon), all good. We use white rice because it's easier to digest and we use mung beans because unlike other beans they are not gas forming and the combination of the two provides all ten essential amino acids (building blocks for protein) making it a perfect protein.
Mung Beans and Rice ( Kitchari) Recipe
1 cup mung beans
1 cup basmati rice
9 cups of water
4-6 cups of chopped assorted vegetables
2 small onions chopped
1/3 cup of minced ginger
8-10 cloves of minced garlic
1 heaping tsp of turmeric
½ tsp pepper
1 heaping tsp crushed red chilli ( more or less to taste)
1 tbsp dried basil or and fresh cilantro
2 bay leaves
Seeds of 5 cardamon pods
Salt and tamari sauce to taste
2 tbsp of olive oil
Wash beans and rice (I like using soaked rice- you can soak for a couple of days or a couple of hours- both make a difference in digestibility and taste) . Bring water to a boil add rice and mung beans, and let boil over medium-high heat.
Prepare vegetables. Add vegetables to cooking rice and beans.Heat olive oil in large frying pan. Add onions, ginger and garlic and sauté over medium heat until browning. Add spices ( not salt or herbs). When nicely well done, combine with rice, mung beans and vegetables. Stir often. Add herbs. Continue to cook until completely well done over medium to low heat. The consistency will be rich and soup like with ingredients barely discernible.
Eat slowly, chewing well and soak-in the vitality!
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