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Nourishing Kitchari- reset your GI tract! from Heather Tobey

Nourishing Kitchari

Does your GI tract need a minute? I know mine needs a rest, reset, and healthy (unrestrictive) detox/cleanse every few months. I am a firm believer in every day detoxing by choosing foods that help my body eliminate toxins while simultaneously nourishing my system. Detoxes and cleanses, for those of us who have pasts of restriction, can be a dangerous, slippery slope. That’s why I like to incorporate Kitchari into my routine every few weeks or months! Kitchari is an Ayurvedic food that is balanced, easy on the digestive system, and deeply nourishing. It is flavorful, comforting, and with a squeeze of lime it is brought to life on your palate! This recipe is incredibly adaptable to preference and need based on the state of your GI. For those struggling with GI upset, this may serve as a restful, nourishing option! Give it a go, and let me know how you like it!


1c. basmati rice

1c. dal lentils

1 inch fresh ginger root, finely grated

3 garlic cloves, chopped

3 Tbsp of Kitchari spice blend, I use Banyan Kitchari Spice Mix

2 Tbsp coconut oil

1/2c. green peas

1/2c. sliced carrots

1/2 head of cauliflower, chopped

6. water

parsley, chopped


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Recipe: Prepare veggies and set them aside. Grate the ginger and chop the garlic. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Once heated, add in the ginger and garlic and stir until fragrant. Add to the ginger and garlic the spice mixture and stir for 1-2 minutes, until everything is coated and extremely fragrant (get ready for your house to smell incredible). Remove mixture from heat. Into a crockpot add rice, lentils, carrots, cauliflower, water, and spice mixture and stir until everything is evenly incorporated. Turn on low for 6-8 hours, stirring (if you can) at the midway point. Once the kitchari is finished cooking, it will resemble the thick consistency of oatmeal. Toss in the peas toward the end to avoid them turning brown and give it a stir. Serve warm with roughly chopped parsley, a squeeze of lime, and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

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