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. Perhaps even more significantly, Ayurveda teaches us that impaired agni is at the root of every imbalance and disease. Continue Reading >
In a large bowl, cover the urad dal with water and soak overnight or for 6–8 hours. Once soaked, drain the dal and wash three times with clean water, then set aside.
In a large saucepan melt the ghee over a low flame. Add the Kitchari Spice Mix and stir over low-medium heat until the seeds pop (around 20 seconds). Add the dal and rice, and stir until covered in the spice mix. Next, add the water and other veggies (optional). Stir gently and cover. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer. Cook over low-medium heat for 20–25 minutes.
Add salt, and taste for doneness. The consistency should be that of a thick soup. If necessary, add more water and simmer for 5 minutes more or until beans and rice are soft to taste. Garnish with fresh cilantro and enjoy!
The inspiration behind the Banyan Botanicals Kitchari Spice Mix comes straight from the kitchens of families who have been making wholesome kitchari for generations, as well as from our well-respected Ayurvedic teachers. When using this traditional spice mix recipe, you can be assured that you are taking in something that is time-tested and authentic. Continue Reading >
Aromatic spices are tempered in ghee and drizzled over creamy urad dal in this flavorful, protein-packed dish. Split black lentils are the perfect choice for balancing vata, and digestive spices like ginger, turmeric, and cumin make this recipe even better for supporting healthy agni. Continue Reading >
Kitchari is a delicious and nourishing dish that is often used in Ayurveda as a means to give the digestive system a break to cleanse and to support healthy weight loss. As it is easy to digest, it provides a balancing effect on all three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) and leaves you feeling lighter and more energetic. Continue Reading >
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