As we move into fall and winter, our bodies start to demand warm, well-cooked food. In Ayurveda, fall and winter is vata time of the year so this diet change makes good sense. Easily digested, warm and well-spiced foods help counteract the dryness and coolness of vata season.
One healthy and delicious Ayurvedic meal that’s great for vata dosha is kitchari. Kitchari is a combination of rice and beans cooked with vegetables, spices and ghee or clarified butter. It’s a nourishing, complete meal that’s great for the digestive system.
Kitchari usually takes up to 40 minutes or more to fully cook. What I hear time and again from my clients though, is that they don’t have the time to cook meals like kitchari. So I created this 20 minute kitchari recipe so everyone, no matter how busy, has time for a nurturing, vata-pacifying meal this fall.
Please note, this version of kitchari is hearty. It’s not designed to support a serious cleanse like panchakarma. But it is a great go-to, one pot meal that tastes delicious. It will make the whole family happy and more grounded. For a kitchari recipe suitable for an at-home cleanse, try this version from The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont.