Carefully pick over rice and dal to remove any stones.
Wash each separately in at least 2 changes of water.
Sauté the seeds in the ghee until they pop.
Then add the other spices. Add the mung dal and salt.
Sauté for 1 or 2 minutes. Add boiling water,
bring to boil, then simmer for 30 minutes or until the
dal is about 2/3 cooked.
Now prepare any vegetables that suit your constitution.
Cut them into smallish pieces. Add rice and these vegetables.
Stir to mix, adding extra water if required. Bring back
to the boil, then simmer for 20 minutes or until rice
is fully cooked. Aim to have minimal water remaining,
leaving the lid on the pot to allow any excess to slowly
Caution: Kitchari mono-diet
can lead to constipation if taken exclusively for several
days, as it is low in fiber. To ensure proper elimination,
the following may prove helpful if taken once a day,
away from kitchari meals: psyllium husks or seeds with
water OR oat bran OR prune juice.
Teas for each Constitution
Vata Tea equal parts ground ginger, cumin and
Pitta Tea equal parts ground cumin, coriander
Kapha Tea equal parts ground ginger, cinnamon,
and a pinch of clove