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Vata Balancing Kitchari

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Managing a Vata Constitution

The main qualities of vata are dry, light, cool, rough, subtle, and mobile. So, having a vata-predominant prakriti means that these qualities express themselves generously throughout your mental, emotional, and physical make up. If you look back over the prakriti test, you can get a feel for how these qualities manifest themselves. Continue Reading >

Kitchari is a potent blood purifier and also supports proper kidney function. In Chinese Medicine, the mung bean is used to strip pesticides out of the system, which is especially supportive for the reproductive organs, liver, and the thyroid. Try to remember this if you get tired of eating the kitchari twice a day. It is mainly the mind and emotions that rebel against such a routine. That is also why you can help yourself by creating yummy, fresh side dishes. Steamed vegetables are always a good choice, or you can have avocado with a little salt and lemon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • ½ cup organic yellow split mung dal or whole green mung beans
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 pinches hing (asafoetida)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 stick kombu (seaweed—you can substitute a little wakame—one “leaf” per pot of soup)

Directions:

Wash rice and mung dal and soak for three hours or overnight. Drain soak water. In a saucepan, warm the ghee over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and ginger, and sauté for one to two minutes. Add rice and mung beans and sauté for another couple of minutes. Then add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once the kitchari has come to a boil, add the salt, hing, turmeric, and seaweed, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until everything is tender (approx. 30–45 minutes). If you need to add more water to prevent scorching, please do so. The consistency should be that of a vegetable stew as opposed to a broth. Garnish with fresh cilantro and add salt to taste. You may add a little chutney to make it tastier.

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Basic Warming Kitchari

Wash the rice and split mung until the rinse water is clear. Warm a tablespoon of ghee in a medium saucepan and add the whole cumin seeds and hing. Lightly brown them. Add the rice, mung and water and bring to boil. Cook for about 45 minutes. Continue Reading >

Managing a Vata Constitution

The main qualities of vata are dry, light, cool, rough, subtle, and mobile. So, having a vata-predominant prakriti means that these qualities express themselves generously throughout your mental, emotional, and physical make up. If you look back over the prakriti test, you can get a feel for how these qualities manifest themselves. Continue Reading >

Determine Your Constitution

Prakriti is your basic constitution. It is determined at the moment of conception and relates to your genetically inherited physical and emotional qualities. Prakriti specifically relates to those qualities, characteristics and tendencies that are stable. Continue Reading >