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3 Day Ayrurvedic Cleanse  with Kitchari Rice
What would it be like if everyone got their dosha right? I just posted this delicious recipe on facebook and from the interest and response it received, I want to share it with you!

The liver is the powerhouse detoxifier in our body, so every spring I follow a liver cleanse based on Chinese Medicine and eating with the season. This year, feeling particularly sluggish, I decided to do a 3 day Ayurvedic cleanse as a precursor to the 3 day liver cleanse. A 3 day kitchari  mono-diet  resets the body bringing it back into balance, takes the burden off digestion, and helps to rid the body of ama, or a build up of phlegm. Ama slows digestion and absorption of nutrients leading to a myriad of health woes.

Kitchari is a melange of 6 tastes, or  Rasas , that Ayruveda cooking says are essential for good nutrition, health, and satisfaction: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent. Traditionally made with dal (lentils) and rice, I like this rice only version as it is easier for me to digest. You can make it with 1 cup each of rice and dal or just rice as I have listed below. The idea is to eat kitchari for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 3 days and give your digestive system a rest. 

In a large stock pot on low heat warm up:
2 C. Basmati rice 
2 TBS. Ghee
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cardamon
1/2 tsp. ginger powdered 
1/2 tsp. curry
1/2  dry mustard
1/4  dry cumin
1 bay leaf
1 TBS. salt or salt to taste
I n a blender:
4 C. high quality water
Handful of shredded coconut
1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro
1/2 inch of a thick fresh ginger root
Blend till just smooth
Chop into small pieces:
1 or 2 carrots
Add:
Blender contents and carrot into stock pot. Add 2 more cups water.
Cover with a lid. Simmer for at least 45 minutes or until rice is tender. 
T he kitchari might be a bit soupy which is yummy, but if you want to cook off liquid uncover and continue simmering until you reach a desired consistency. Remember rice will continue cooking as it cools.
Serve:
With ghee, fresh chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime for the 6 Rasas of Ayurveda cooking to come alive!

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