I normally recommend a Kitchari mono diet as a way to cleanse the body and heal the mind.
I actually do a kitchari detox at the start of every season and have most of my clients do it at the beginning of my program.
However, sometimes Kitchari is still too much for a weak system or in cases of excessive ama.
That’s when a rice gruel is ideal!
In this blog, learn how to prepare this Ayurvedic Detox Meal and the benefits of purifying your body with this amazing dish.
I have often used Kitchari, the Ayurvedic healing recipe of rice, mung dal beans, and spices as my staple food in times of stress and illness. I also do a Kitchari cleanse at the start of every season as it resets my body, cleanses the accumulation of toxins we all get from living life, and maintains my body nice and healthy.
For most cases, Kitchari, cooked appropriately for your dosha, is an outstanding way to start your healing journey or reverse disease.
But, sometimes, even Kitchari is too much, especially because of the beans and their Vata qualities.
In cases of extreme weakness, then, instead of Kitchari, a more simple dish is recommended. One that is still nourishing enough to not deplete any dosha, particularly Vata, yet deeply cleansing and healing.
That dish is rice gruel, a very simple meal prepared by cooking rice to a soupy consistency with the right spices.
When to use rice gruel?
- Post-surgery as anesthesia can shock your system and fill it with toxins
- Weak digestive fire (Agni)
- Cases of high ama (undigested food) and toxins.
- Post-panchakarma (The ayurvedic cleansing protocol)
- Aggravated Vata which makes you unable to process the beans present in the kitchari.
- When suffering from a serious illness.
This Ayurvedic Detox Meal is in fact a fantastic way to boost your metabolism and digestive fire, expel toxins, eliminate AMA, recover from illness, and pacify an aggravated dosha.
Other benefits are:
- Improves digestion and elimination
- Purifies your body
- Resets your metabolism
- Increases immunity
- Boosts strength
- Clears the mind and the heart.
- Cleanses your skin
Ayurvedic Rice Gruel
- 6 cups water
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tbsp ghee
- Wash rice thoroughly. Heat the ghee over medium heat and sauté the cumin seeds for a few moments until the aroma starts to come out.
- Add the rice and mix well, then add water and spices. Adjust amount of water for desired consistency.
- Cook for about 20 minutes, until the rice is completely tender. If desired, add more water and simmer for an additional 2–3 minutes. Then add salt and stir.
- Serve in a nice bowl and top with the ghee.
Hope this helps!!
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