WHAT IN THE WORLD IS KITCHERI?
Simply put, Kitcheri (pronounced kich-ah-ree and sometimes spelled khichadi or khichdi), is Ayurveda’s answer to chicken soup – it’s comforting, easy, affordable and above all, nourishing. Made of split mung beans, white basmati rice, and a blend of traditional spices, kitcheri is a seemingly humble dish that offers the ultimate nutritional base to any meal. Move over quinoa!
WHAT IS MY BODY GETTING?
A whole lot. Kitcheri is mineral rich because it’s filled with potassium, folate, copper, zinc, iron, selenium and magnesium. The marriage of white basmati rice (unhulled, so it’s easier to digest than other grains) and split mung beans (the one legume that won’t cause intestinal discomfort) provides the ten essential amino acids our body craves, forming a complete plant based protein. Plus, the blend of spices is chock full of anti-inflammatories and digestive aids.
WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME?
Wait for it….
*Help sustain energy (nutrient packed lentils fuel stamina)
*Maintain bone health (kitcheri is packed with calcium)
*Heal the gut (kitcheri leaves the stomach quickly and heads to the small intestine for digestion. With its easily digestible components, the gut is nourished and ultimately restored.)
*Kick your immune system into high gear (did you know that lentils are jammed with vitamin C?)
*Helps get everything moving (the rice and bean combo has more fiber than quinoa or any other grain).
WHO IS KITCHERI FOR?
You probably know what we’re going to say here…everyone! A perfect recovery food, it will give the digestive system a break if you are under the weather. It’s also long been used to nourish the elderly, the sick, and those who are healthy and want to detox. It’s such a powerful food that it’s beneficial to all. You can feel as good about giving it to your toddler as you can to your ailing grandma. And of course, it will quickly become your go-to meal when you want something quick, yummy and crammed with nutrition.
HOW DO I MAKE IT?
With ease! Check out our recipe for Kitcheri here.
MY FAMILY IS PICKY! HELP!
One of the coolest things about Kitcheri is that it’s versatile so it doesn’t have to look the same every time you prepare it. You can make it soupy or thick, depending on the amount of stock you use. It can even take on a dip consistency (we hear kids love it with corn chips!) It’s super family-friendly, eliminating the need to whip up multiple meals. We say, throw a bunch of toppings on the table and let everyone fend for him and herself!
BUT WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD TO IT?
Just about anything! Even though kitcheri has been a staple in India for generations, there are plenty of modern day iterations of this traditional taste. The combinations are endless, thanks to the simplicity of the ingredients and ease of preparation. We love a squeeze of citrus and a dollop of yogurt, shredded chicken, tofu and wild salmon for protein, nuts and seeds for crunch, a handful of fresh herbs for brightness, and of course, lots of veggies!
We’d love to hear how you top your kitcheri bowl!
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