I had more energy today. And I felt inspired to cook. I got up feeling rested and put on my favorite green skirt and a top. Wearing a skirt makes me feel magical and witchy, more in touch with the flow of life.
On today’s menu was kitchari, an ancient, healing ayurvedic dish that I’ve heard much about since getting into herbal medicine. I’ve made it before, and to tell you the truth I didn’t like it. My husband hated it. But I recently came across a cooking video that inspired me to try it again. You can watch it below. You can find a link to a list of the ingredients in the video description.
I began preparing the food in awareness. My teacher once told me that if I prepare my food consciously it will taste delicious, and that seems to be true. I’ve also found that if I make dinner feeling tired and upset, it rarely taste very good.
I also listened to http://www.truenatureradio.com and https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ayurveda-and-vedic-living/id344774141 , which both teaches and inspires me.
I have to add that before I made the kitchari, I made ghee. For a while I avoided making ghee since I just figured I could use butter, but ghee actually taste better than butter! Not only that but ghee feeds your digestive fire, and helps to ground you. I drenched my ktichari in ghee.
My kitchen also smelled yummy after making the ghee. And the spices in the kitchari gave off a beautiful aroma on their own. For the first time I can honestly say that I LOVE kitchari. It tasted amazing. And I didn’t even follow the recipe to a tee as I used root vegetables instead of greens, didn’t have coconut and forgot to add the coriander seeds. I think it will be even better next time I make it. My husband thought it was Ok. He still prefer his pasta, but perhaps in time he’ll come around. For now it means more kitchari for me. Drizzling extra ghee on top helps pacify Vata. I can’t get enough of the ghee.
Kitchari is a complete protein since it has both rice and beans in it, and is often given to the sick and elderly since it’s so healing and easy to digest. But it’s suited for everyone. It cleanses the body and people sometimes go on a fast where they only eat kitchari for a certain amount of time to help rid the body of toxins. They say this also aids weight loss, and heals pain in the body.
I found that eating kitchari made me feel warm all over, and that it felt good on my stomach. I didn’t have problems digesting it at all, and I’m often plagued with poor digestion. I can tell my body craves kitchari and will have some more today.
I’ll end this post with another video, where someone shares their experience with being on a kitchari fast.