The concept of agni, the Sanskrit word for "fire," is rather essential to the Ayurvedic tradition. Ayurveda views agni as the very source of life. It is said that a man is as old as his agni and that when agni is extinguished, we die.1 Perhaps even more significantly, Ayurveda teaches us that impaired agni is at the root of every imbalance and disease. So the importance of agni in Ayurveda simply cannot be understated.
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Light and warming toor dal is used in place of mung in this kitchari variation. This is an excellent kitchari recipe for kapha constitutions and imbalances and is good for balancing vata as well. A classic nutritious meal all in one pot, this dish goes well with almost any vegetable, so add in your favorites and try to keep it fresh and in season!
Soak dal overnight, rinse well and drain. Rinse basmati rice thoroughly, and drain.
In a large saucepan, heat ghee over medium heat. Add Kitchari Spice Mix and heat until seeds pop. Stir in dal and rice, coating them in the spice mixture. Add water and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover and lower the heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Add vegetables (optional) and cook another 15 minutes or until dal is soft.
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