How to do a cleanse? Based on Ayurveda, Patti explains the phases of a cleanse and how to be present and aware with your body during the cleanse. Cleanses are a practice that support transitioning between different seasons. Some lightly steamed vegetables can be added depending on your doshic con... More
How to do a cleanse? Based on Ayurveda, Patti explains the phases of a cleanse and how to be present and aware with your body during the cleanse. Cleanses are a practice that support transitioning between different seasons. Some lightly steamed vegetables can be added depending on your doshic constitution. You can do the doshic quiz online at https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/prakrit i-quiz/#quiz if interested to find out if you are AIR (VATA), FIRE (PITTA) OR WATER (KAPHA) or combo of the three (i'm Vata-Pitta).
We will go on Kitcheri for the week of Spring Equinox or whenever you feel you need to give your digestive system a break. Kitcheri consists of split yellow mung bean, also known as yellow mung or mung dahl is considered the best bean. Mung is the main healing dish and balances all doshic types. They are very easy to digest (must be split), have a subtle sweet taste and not astringent. They are simply the whole green mung bean with the green hull removed and split. They require no soaking and only take 20 mins.
-1/4 cup of organic split yellow mung beans
-1/4 cup of organic white basmati rice
-1 and 2/3 cups of spring boiling water
-1/4 inch slice of organic fresh ginger (less ginger to none for pitta)
-1/2 teaspoon of organic turmeric powder
-1/2 teaspoon of organic coriander powder
-1/2 teaspoon of organic cumin powder
-1 tablespoon of organic ghee (clarified butter), olive oil or canola oil
-1 pinch of sea salt
-1 organic lime wedge (optional)
-1/4 cup of fresh chopped organic cilantro leaves (aka coriander)
Vata Additions to Kitcheri: carrots, zucchini, peas, sweet potatoes, and asparagus also you can substitute rice for quinoa for protein.
Pitta Additions to Kitcheri: Leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini, and carrots substitute olive oil with coconut oil.
Kapha Additions to Kitcheri: leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, asparagus, and celery use a little more cayenne.
Bean need NO soaking. Simply bring to boil in a pot. Add beans, ginger and salt. Cover and simmer for 30 mins until tender and porridge like consistency. In a sauce pan saute spices in ghee for a minute then mix into rice and beans. This is important to release the energy of the spices. You can add steam vegetables about 5 minutes before the kichari is ready not to over cook the vegs. Top with your cilantro or lime (optional)
To maintain the texture of the rice, cook rice and beans separately as follows. Cook 1/2 cup rice in 1 cup water. Remove from heat and let sit covered for 5 mins. Cook 1/4 cup beans in one cup of water for 20 mins. Mix spices in to rice and beans. Top rice with beans. For more fiber substitute the rice with grain quinoa. Turmeric, coriander and cumin strengthen digestive system while turmeric is detoxifying.Less