Kitchari, which means “food of the gods,” is a fragrant, golden-colored porridge made of basmati rice, mung beans and spices. It’s a traditional Ayurvedic dish often used for cleansing because it’s easy to digest. This recipe makes a large batch so you may want to cut it in half if you aren’t feeding a crowd. Ayurveda frowns on leftovers.
*Hulled and split mung beans, which are yellow, or unhulled whole mung beans, which are green, can be used. If using whole mung beans, soaking the beans overnight prior to cooking will reduce the cooking time and aid in digestion. Split mung beans don’t need to be soaked.