Kitchari, A Powerful and Delicious Spring Cleanse without cleansing!

Super Simple Kitchari Recipe:
1 cup basmati rice
½ cup split yellow mung dal
6 cups water
1 Tbs ghee
1 Tbs Kitchari Spice Mix:
For my kitchari spice mix:  1 T turmeric, 1 T fenugreek, 1 T cumin seeds, 1 T coriander, 1 T hing (asafoetida), 1 T Sea Salt
You can also substitute or add mustard seeds, but they are more fiery so I don’t use them in the summer.
I take a spice bottle and mix all these spices together in equal parts, so that when I make kitchari all I have to do is use 1 T from the bottle.

Method of Preparation:
Wash and then soak the yellow mung dal for at least 4 hours.  Drain the soak water when you are ready to cook.  Also wash the rice at the time of cooking.  In a large saucepan, add the ghee and allow to warm.  Add the Kitchari Spice Mix and sauté for about 1 minute.  (Take caution not to burn the spices.)  Add the rice and mung dal and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.  Add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a low-medium heat, cover the pot and let the kitchari cook on a simmer for 40-45 minutes*.
If you would like to add vegetables, add dense vegetables (like sweet potatoes and carrots) after the kitchari is half cooked (after about 15-20 minutes).  Add leafy vegetables like kale towards the end of the cooking process.  Once the cooking is complete, add salt to taste, and garnish with lime, cilantro and coconut as desired. Enjoy!
*Cook times may vary in higher altitudes.  If longer cooking time is necessary, you may need additional 1-2 cups water.

Also, I love this film: Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Quality, Originality, and Consistency. These are attributes that this sushi master shares. It so soooooo delightful.

I think if i just ate kitchari and Jiro’s sushi for a few days everything would be right as rain.

a purrfect breakfast

The Breakfast:

Spelt cake, with honey, flax, & baked apples with cinnamon

The Recipe (from Hildegard of Bingen):

Spelt Cake:  Mix together 1 C Stone ground Spelt Flour, 1 C water or milk or mixture ( i use 1/2 and 1/2), 1 tsp non aluminum baking powder, 3 T oil ( i use grapeseed but will use olive oil in a pinch) & 1 egg. Hildegard’s recipe adds a T of sugar but i prefer to alleviate it and get the sweetness from the honey and apples. Let the mixture stand for a few.

Chop apples (1 or more per person), coat with cinnamon, put in baking dish with a little butter on top, and bake at about 350 for 1/2 hour or so. Try to use all organic ingredients and leave skin on the apples.

Timing wise; I prepare the apples first and get them in the oven then the spelt mixture and let it stand.

Prepare spelt cakes as you would a pancake. Smother with honey and ground flax seeds (grind in coffee grinder and keep in a mason jar) and top with the apples.

Excellent and Ideal nutritionally!

Have it with a cup of Organo Gold black coffee with heated and frothed milk and a dash of sugar. YUM!!!! If you have never tried it and love coffee,  you really must. I feel the difference when I run out.

face scrub & body scrub

Face Scrub: Mix together finely ground oats, honey, and coconut oil. Start with small amounts of each and get to the consistency you want. You decide how much of each. Equal parts may work fine. Gently work into your skin, let it set a few moments, then with a soft wash cloth, cotton pad, or simply hands and warm water remove. May not even have to put anything else on.

Body Scrub: Take one part sugar to 2 parts olive oil. Since I use raw sugar I must grind it in a coffee grinder to make it more powdery or else it’s too coarse. I can use a T olive oil and a half T sugar to cover my body. I often put drops of lavender oil. Use whatever oils you fancy or need at the time, then shower and voile you are ready to go with a slight protection on your skin!