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Kundalini Yoga for Temecula, Murrieta, and Lake Elsinore

Kicheree

Often disease in the body is due to sluggish digestion (agni) and elimination (apana). Adding kicheree (mung beans and rice) to your basic diet soothes the digestion and provides complete protein with all essential amino acids. Kicheree is ideal for rebuilding strength during and after illness, when digestion may be weak and health-promoting food is especially needed. The oil or ghee is added after cooking because cooked oils cause free radical damage, which can lead to premature aging. Use of unrefined oils is recommended because most commercially refined oils are rancid and a source of free radicals that inhibit the immune system. Kicheree accompanied by a green salad, homemade yogurt makes a healthy, sattvic meal.

 

KICHEREE

 

Kicheree is a sort of invigorating spicy soup, featuring mungbeans, rice, onions, garlic, ginger and spices. It provides a very easy-to-digest balanced protein that is ideal for rebuilding strength during and after illness. When I am starting to feel under the weather, one of the first things I do is get a pot of kicheree going. It is easy to make, keeps in the refrigerator for about 4 days, and is so nurturing and feels so good going down! You can decrease or increase the spices according to your taste.

 

To make 1 gallon (about 10 servings)

 

4 quarts pure water
¾ cup mungbeans (organic are definitely best)
1 ½ cups basmati rice (organic if available)
2 onions, chopped
½ cup chopped, peeled, gingerroot
¼ cup chopped garlic

1 tsp. ground black pepper
½ tsp. ground cardamom seeds (optional)
1 ½ tsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. crushed red chilies
2 Tbsp. ghee (very clarified butter) (optional)
salt, Bragg Liquid Aminos, or tamari soy sauce

 

Bring water to boil in a 6-quart pot. Thoroughly clean and rinse beans and rice. Add mungbeans and rice to pot. As the other ingredients are chopped (it's fine to chop ginger and garlic together in food processor), add them to the pot. Add spices. Cook over medium-high flame until beans and rice are completely soft (total cooking time is about 1 hour), stirring occasionally.

 

Add water as desired for thinner consistency.


Add ghee and salt (or Bragg Liquid Aminos or tamari soy sauce) to taste


This recipe is from Siri Ved Kaur Khalsa and inspired by Yogi Bhajan