Kitchari is a healthful Indian dish traditionally made with yellow mung dal, basmati rice, spices that encourage digestion and ghee (clarified butter). You can easily find all of these products at the grocery store or come to Pharm Table and let us make it for you! We often like to use quinoa in our kitchari bowls to make them even healthier. Our new summer menu includes a satiating Indian-style kitchari bowl as well as a Southeast Asian-influenced kitchari.
As you probably know, proper digestion is integral to our health. In India and the states, people who practice Ayurveda use kitchari as a mono-nutrient fast that gives the digestive system a much-needed respite. When most people hear the words fast, cleanse or detox, they often associate them with starvation, but this doesn't have to be, nor should it be, the case. You can cleanse gently and we believe, deliciously, with kitchari.
Pharm Table's Rejuvenating Culinary Cleanse includes a kitchari bowl each day for lunch. It's actually a very hearty and satisfying dish, and we like to get creative with our kitchari so that you really don't get bored. Our Persian kitchari bowl, for example, is made with sprouted bi-color quinoa, sprouted green lentils, beets, watermelon radishes, kale, collard greens, sumac & za'atar, ginger, black pepper, pipalli.
The nutrients found in kitchari provide the body with a copious amount of amino acids, which is the foundation of a protein. Proteins are the building blocks of life – every single cell in our bodies needs protein, and protein from non-animal sources are more alkalizing for the body (i.e. less inflammatory).
A fast or cleanse can actually consist mainly of kitchari. With the help of ghee, these Ayurvedic powerhouses increase the internal fire, called agni, that balances digestion and metabolism. Try eating kitchari for three days straight or simply sign up for our new culinary cleanse to get fit. It will change your life!