What is Kitchari & Why we prefer it for Cleansing

What is Kitchari & Why we prefer it for Cleansing

Kitchari is the traditional Ayurveda dish, especially beneficial to our body. It is a combination of mung split beans and white basmati rice with plenty of herbs and spices, depending on the recipe, which has an extremely detoxifying effect while being digestible, energizing and nutritious.

Through all the modern nutrition trends that we follow today, Kitchari can seem like an unusual cleaner. Here are five reasons you can be convinced that Kitchari is a great food for properly cleansing our body of toxins, as well as various other substances that accumulate, thus preventing it from functioning properly.

Either you can eat it regularly for detoxification, and for even better results it is recommended for one-week monophagy. It deeply cleanses the body, eliminating ama, that is, toxins and everything else that is unnecessary, while balancing all three doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) in Ayurveda's philosophical approach.


1. Kitchari is a complete protein

The combination of rice and mung dal (that is, separated beans) provides all the amino acids needed to form a complete protein. When they are eaten by themselves, they are not as effective. However, their combination is catalytic!

The protein content of kitchari consistently supports blood sugar levels so that energy and mental function are balanced during the cleansing process.


2. It is easy to digest

White rice is traditionally used in kitchari because it is very easy to digest. Along with the split mung dal, kitchari is a food that is light enough for even babies. In cultures that have incorporated this recipe into their diet, Kitchari is also given to people who have to support their health for a variety of reasons and the elderly.


3. Improves digestion

Agni, or digestive fire (referred to as western metabolism), is considered in Ayurveda as the golden key to all health. Good agni means that we are able to digest, and absorb nutrients from, our food. Weak or unbalanced agni means malabsorption and accumulation of toxins.

Spices like ginger, cumin, coriander, fennel and even salt help with health. Because Kitchari is made with spices that can be adapted to your tastes and needs, they nourish and balance at the same time.


4. Prevents toxic buildup

Mung dal has astringent (dry) quality. This astringency has a natural pulling action that helps remove toxic buildup from the intestinal flora. This absorption action is much milder than a harsh or abrasive abrasive action that occurs with raw or cold foods, especially raw vegetables.


5. Removes toxins from the body

Once the toxins are hydrated, it is important to remove them properly from the body. Broken Mung beans provide enough fiber (over 15 grams per serving of 1 cup) to carry these toxins out of the body.

Make Kitchari today!

While kitchari is used for cleaning, it is also extremely tasty. So anytime you have the materials, just make it! Try this recipe.


Materials for 4 portions

1 cup of chestnut rice

1 cup mung or fava beans

1 mug of chopped season vegetables

1 tablespoon of ghee soup (purified Indian butter)

¼ tablespoon cumin seeds

Or grated ginger

¼ Grated coriander

¼ tablespoon of brown mustard seeds

¼ tablespoon of turmeric soup

2 bay leaves

¼ tablespoon of mineral or sea salt

4 cups of water



1. Soak the legumes for 6 hours. When starting the preparation, rinse the rice and legumes until the water comes out to be clear.

2. Heat the ghee in a saucepan over medium heat and add the mustard and cumin. Stir patiently for about 30 'or until the seeds are opened. Add the rice, pulses, remaining spices and salt, and mix well.

3. Add the water and allow our mixture to boil. Let it boil for 5 minutes, without covering, but be sure to stir it regularly. We may need to add some water. Our food must be thick porridge.

4. Add the vegetables to the end - remove the bay leaves - and boil for another 20-25 minutes with the temperature at low and the lid half open.


By Dr Angel,

Aggeliki Koskeridou 

Holistic Doctor – Counseling Psychotherapist

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

MSc Health Psychology


insta: dr_aggelikikoskeridou_official 



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