Kitchadi is the perfect cleanse food. The base is a mix of a dal or bean and rice or any other grain. The combination of the two create a complex carb protein blend. The way it is cooked with the spices also make it not only delicious but a superior digestible super food that is perfect for fasting or cleansing. Many yoga schools and retreats recommend this diet for practice and clearing the physical toxins in the body to help facilitate the energy and kundalini to circulate well and heal the body mind and spirt. Yogi Bhajan had us fasting on this for 10 days during the solstice retreats and advised many of his students to eat only kitchadi for up to 40 days. I personally have done this fast and combined with intense kundalini practice lost 10 pounds in a week and felt amazing. I have great childhood memories of Kitchadi night with my large family in Bombay. My mom came from a family of 10 kids and this was a meal that my Nanni( Maternal Grandmother) would serve with a tomato shaag( a curry type tomato and potato dish), fresh homemade yogurt and pickles . We would eat, laugh and play. Funny how a good can be so hand in hand with memories and joy. Nothing makes me happier than to prepare a healing batch of this memory manna. I also take a cue from my Grandma and chant while I cook. She always would murmur her Krishna mantra and I swear her food was the most healing food I have ever had. The recipe is below you can use and mantric practice you have. When I make this for anyone who is ill I chant
These 8 sound vibrate the Indian musical scale and also correspond to the physical chakras in the body. Many of you know the rice experiment that Dr. Emoto demonstrated but let me explain to all those who have not heard about this. Cooked rice was put into two clear jars, one labeled Love and the other Hate. They were placed near each other under the same conditions at room temperature. The one marked Hate started turning fungus and black immediately - The one marked love stayed the same and looked fine even afer a week. Remarkable! That is the power of Love in food and in all you do. Chant while you cook create and all will love your food!
Kundalini Kula Kithcadi
Start with the Trinity Roots- Garlic Ginger Onion chopped fine( again chant as you chop!)
Saute with Good coconut or olive oil
3⁄4 tablespoon turmericand also a inch or more of grated fresh tumeric if available
1⁄4 teaspoon dried crushed red chilés
1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon coriander
1⁄2 teaspoon cumin
1/2- 1 tablespoon Garam Masala
1-2 whole green chili’s cut length wise
Then add the Trinity Roots
cook till soft then add any other vegetables you may want to put in from hard to soft. Suggestions are Cauliflower, Sweet Potato, Celery, Carrots, Add 1/2 cup soaked and sprouted Mung beans ( the more sprouted they are the more digestible and nutritious) and 2 cups of water, bring to a boil. Then add 1/2 cup of soaked and washed rice and add 2-3 cups more water and again bring to a boil. Then simmer on low with a lid that is slightly open to let some steam out when almost cooked add good celtic or himalayan salt to taste( must be good salt so you also get trace minerals!) You may also substituted Braggs but I am a traditionalist and obsessed with healing salts!
At the very end add chopped up cilantro and juice of one or two limes. once cooke and before serving I like to saute some greens with garlic and serve on top with more chopped cilantro. Serve with raw yogurt of choice
( I love raw goat but what you can get local and pure is best) Mango pickle, Salad and Papadum are great additions for this meal. Bless the Food with your mantra and don’t forget to make a intention for the meal and the people enjoying it! Yummy soaking my mung beans for this Now !
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