Khichari: Kapha - Strong Flavor
Khichari: Kapha - Strong Flavor
Khichari: Kapha - Strong Flavor
Khichari: Kapha - Strong Flavor
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Khichari: Kapha - Strong Flavor

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Ayurveda’s culinary centerpiece, Khichari (pronounced KI-cha-REE) is India’s one-pot grain and bean dish. This comforting, complete protein recipe is the perfect on-the-go meal for any time of the day. The soaked, rinsed, and dehydrated ingredients and our freshly ground spice blend make this nourishing and cleansing meal convenient to eat healthy and feel good. Its simplicity allows for easy digestion while serving as a base for countless variations by adding your choice of vegetables and garnishes.

We suggest making with ghee or olive oil, lime juice, and fresh herbs such as dill or mint. For adding vegetables to the Kapha Khichari, we recommend cauliflower, broccoli, daikon radish, asparagus, zucchini, Brussels sprouts, all leafy greens, sunchokes.

 

The Healing and Detox Benefits of Khichari

excerpt from What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen, by Divya Alter (Rizzoli, 2017)

  • It’s a complete protein. There is no coincidence that the combination of rice and beans has been a staple around the world for thousands of years. Grains and legumes contain partial amino acids on their own. When eaten together (as in khichari), rice and beans provide all the essential amino acids for nutritionally sustainable meals, perfect for those on a plant-based diet.
  • It helps burn body fat while keeping blood sugar stable. Many water fasts or juice cleanses strain and deplete blood sugar reserves, which can make you extremely hungry or irritable and give you severe headaches. While one of the goals of a fast is to shift the body into fat-burning metabolism, this will not happen if the body is under stress and strain as a result of an extreme fast. On a khichari cleanse day, you are eating a delicious complete protein dish three times a day, so there is no starvation response whatsoever. Dr. John Douillard, a renowned Ayurvedic practitioner and author, advises us that if we are straining or hungry during a cleanse, we are not getting the optimal benefits. The more comfortable we are, the more fat we will burn (if we need to burn fat, that is).
  • It’s nourishing yet easy to digest. White basmati rice, quinoa, and yellow split mung dal are easy to assimilate, placing less of a burden on digestion. It is especially important to use them rather than the other bean options during a cleanse because the metabolism slows down and the digestive strength weakens when cleansing. Heavier brown rice, chana dal, red lentils, or mung beans with the husks may irritate the intestinal wall and cause digestive gas or abdominal pain.
  • It helps heal the gut. As it is so easy to digest, khichari heals and soothes the intestinal wall. Stress can often irritate the gut and compromise digestion, which will then make the body more clogged with toxins from indigestion. Eating just khichari allows much of the digestion to be at rest while providing the nutrition needed to heal the gut and nourish the body. 
  • It supports spiritual practice. The adequate protein and stable blood sugar that khichari offers can facilitate feelings of inner peace and stillness. For this reason, khichari is often served in ashrams and monasteries to support spiritual practitioners’ access to deeper states of mental clarity, emotional tranquility, and enlightenment through meditation.

Customer Reviews

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Tanya McClellan
Labels: Yes
Preperation: The directions were clear and easy to follow.
Taste: It smelled and tasted fantastic
Improvements?: Quicker shipping
Delicious

It cooks up with ease and is full of flavor.

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Kirsty
Labels: Yes
Preperation: Yes
Taste: No
Make yourself happy - buy some

Makes me feel balanced and grounded. Cooks so easily. Delicious and feeds both the body and the soul.

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Susan Cronin
Labels: Yes
Preperation: Yes
Taste: No
Love the “strong”

This flavor is my favorite! I don’t like really strong spices so I a little reluctant to try the “strong “. I absolutely love this. So flavorful without being overpowering.

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Kathleen Lane
Labels: Yes the label was. There is one place though where it says serving size is 1/3 cup, but then on the directions side it says 1/2 cup with 2 cups of water for one serving. So what is one serving? 1/2 cup or 1/3 cup. If it's 1/3 cup, how much water?
Preperation: Yes, very easy because you literally just need to heat the designated amount of water and add contents. There is a question about serving size is it 1/3 cup or 1/2 cup? See question above.
Taste: The flavor is what keeps me coming back for more. Love it!
Improvements?: No, the taste is superb and easy to cook.
Easy to Love

I love Khichari Kapha. I order it all the time from here. I've made my own khichari numerous times, but it doesn't come out tasting nearly as good as this one, and mine do taste pretty good. Also, this is so much easier for me to make, so having it on hand is great for whenever the urge for Khichari kicks in. I also add in some kale or swiss chard when cooking.

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Garrick Ebbins
Labels: Yes
Preperation: Very easy
Taste: No, perfect as is, in my opinion
Improvements?: none at this time.
The Best I've ever tasted

The most delicious Khichari I've ever tasted. Its like eating at the Restaurent. I just reordered ! Thank you Divya's kitchen.

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