Updated: Sep 18
Invigorate your metabolism, enhance digestion and cleanse with Ayurvedic kitchari.
Kapha Reducing Kichari is an easy, effective, and delicious way to balance Kapha dosha. This recipe brings in the qualities that reduce Kapha which supports healthy weight and stimulates metabolism. Simple, nourishing, easy and cleansing.
In Ayurveda, food is medicine and medicine is food. “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when diet is correct, medicine is of no need." -Ayurveda proverbs
According to Healthine, Kichari offers numerous benefits:
eliminate accumulated toxins from the mind and body tissues.
improve digestion and restore regular bowel movements.
remove heaviness and congestion in the body.
support a healthy body weight or weight loss.
improve energy and vitality.
promote overall health and wellness.
Typically split, washed (hulled) mung bean is used to help strip pesticides out of the system, which is especially supportive for the reproductive organs, liver, and the thyroid.
When you eat Kapha Kichari, you’ll want to enjoy it nice and hot to strengthen your digestive fire and boost metabolism.
Many people struggle with weight gain. Eating Kapha Reducing Kichari is one of the best ways to reduce weight, gently cleanse the body and help you feel great. This kichari is invigorating and heating and an effective way to reduce overall Kapha as we head towards Kapha season of chest and head colds.
Spices are digestive herbs
Digestive herbs support balanced digestive fire, help assimilate and absorb nutrients and support healthy elmination. Make sure your spices are fresh. For dried herbs and spices, the shelf life is about a year, although the exact length depends on the quality of the spice (how fresh was it at the time of purchase) and how the spice has been stored.
Rancid, depleted spices should be replaced. Spices are digestive herbs that helps us digest, assimilate and eliminate foods properly which, according to Ayurveda, is fundamental to good health
½ cup white basmati rice or quinoa or a mix of the two 1 cup split, washed moong dal 4 bay leaves ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder ¼ teaspoon clove powder ¼ teaspoon mineral salt ½ teaspoon mustard seed ½ teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon cumin powder 1-2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) 1-inch fresh ginger root 6 cups water
1. Use split mung bean. Soak the beans for several hours. Drain and rinse.
2. Add 6 cups water. Bring to a boil. If any foam forms on the top, scoop it off.
3. In a pan, add ghee and melt it.
4. Add the spices and sauté for one to two minutes.
5. Add rice and mung beans and sauté for another couple of minutes.
6. Now add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.
7. Reduce heat to medium-low.
8. Cover and cook until everything is tender (30–45 minutes—it depends on your stove, pot, elevation, etc. Cook until it is quite soft.)
Cooking on the stove top, slow cooker, InstantPot, or in an pressure cooker (my favorite method) are all options for preparing kitchari.
Eating Kapha Reducing Kichari is an effective way to reduce weight and cleanse the body. Not only will these delicious spices improve the flavor of your food, they are also digestive herbs that support healthy digestion, assimilation and elimination. These herbs can also help balance doshic issues.
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Meet Kapha. He's one of our newest pack members at Saumya Ayurveda. He embodies all the Kapha dosha qualities. He loves to consume as much of everything as he can--food, affection--he wants it.
Kapha lives up to his name in other ways too. He is calm, loving, and considerate. He knows how to enjoy life and make himself comfortable. Kapha is loyal, steady, patient and supportive. He takes good care of his brother, Vata (background) and is so sweet.