Tri-Doshic Kitchari Recipe – balancing for all 3 doshas
Purpose – cornerstone meal in Ayurveda because it is a perfect balance of grains, protein, vegetables, oil (if ghee is used), and spices. It is very easy to digest and can be used as a regular meal at any time. Can also be used in mono diet regimens, and cleanses.
Rice Cooker Kitchari – Serves 4-6
- ½ c mung dal or lentils
- ½ c basmati rice or quinoa or barley or spelt or kamut or some other grain
- 2 ½ c water
- 2-3 carrots
- 1 yellow squash
- 3-4 large leaves of kale or some other green
- 2 thin slices of ginger – chopped fine
- ½ t salt
- ¼ t turmeric
- 2 t spice mix or (1/2 t cumin + ½ t coriander)
- Lime and ghee to taste
- Optional: fresh cilantro, raisins, pumpkin seeds, seaweed or any other vegetables you like
- Put all ingredients except ghee and lime into a rice cooker
- Press the start button and let cook. Cook on the stovetop if you want kitchari to be moister
Purpose – Easy, yummy, warm breakfast recipe. Can be used in a cleanse.
- ½ c amaranth
- ½ c basmati rice
- 2 c water
- Add some pistachios, chopped dates/figs, 2-3 T maple syrup, fresh ginger, 3 crushed cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, nutmeg (could also do cardamom + rose water + saffron)
- Cook for 15 min on stove top
Purpose –great for cleanses and for use in colds and cases of flu to rebalance the digestive fire and bring the digestive fire back to the GI tract
- 1/2 c moong beans or green gram
- 3 ½ to 4 c of water for cooking
- Optional vegetables like carrot (can remove in cleanse)
- 1 tsp ghee
- 1 in fresh ginger
- ¾ t cumin seeds
- ½ t turmeric
- Pinch of hing
- Spices :
- ¾ t coriander powder
- ¾ t fennel powder
- ¾ t garam marsala
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lemon juice
- Soak moong beans overnight, rinse beans well. Cook moong beans with vegetables and water until very soft. Mash beans with blender or food processor and add back to pan.
- Heat oil/ghee in a small pan, add cumin, then grated ginger, sauté lightly. Add this oil mixture to soup.
- Then add salt and spices. Mix, and bring to a low boil for 2 min. Remove from heat, add lemon juice. Eat only the broth part of the soup that is sitting on top of sediment at the bottom of the pot. When done with the broth, discard the sediment, and make a new batch the next day.
Purpose – To balance digestion, increase libido, balance the sexual hormones, and promote proper sleep
- 1 cup of tahini (sesame paste)
1/3 cup of almond butter (or peanut butter)
½ cup of honey
1 1/2 cups of herb mix
- – 4 T gokshura – sex, sleep
- – 4 T gudduchi – digestion, sex, sleep
- – 2 T ashwaghanda – sex, sleep
- – 2 T shatavari – sex, sleep
- – 1 T vetiver – sleep
- – 1 T cardamom – digestion
- – 1 T ginger – digestion
- – 1 T licorice – digestion, sleep, sex
- – 2 t nutmeg – digestion sleep
- ½ cup of cocoa nibs (can substitute chopped chocolate chips if necessary)
- 1 cup of shredded coconut*
- Mix the nut butter and the sweetener in a large bowl.
- When they are evenly mixed, begin adding your powdered herbs – add about 1-2 ounces at a time, stir them in.
- After your powdered herbs are evenly mixed in, add some ingredients for texture and added flavor and stir until the mixture gets to a formable consistency (remember that you want to be able to form balls).
- Use your hands to roll pieces of the mix. Once the balls are formed, feel free to roll them in some shredded coconut, hemp seeds, cocoa powder, or even dip them in some bittersweet dipping chocolate.
- Place each ball in a container for storage. In the fridge, these treats will last a few months, so if you prefer making a bigger batch, go for it!
Purpose – To build inner vitality and immunity in conditions of extreme weakness or after a cleanse.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- ½ teaspoon powdered ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
- Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
- 7 or 8 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tablespoon ghee (or 1 tablespoon of coconut oil)
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- Grated rind of 1 organic orange (optional). You can also use a bit of rose petal jam if available.
- Add almonds, ginger, cardamom, and salt to a food processor and process until well ground. Don’t process so much that it turns to a flour or a paste, but enough that it has a finely ground consistency. Remove contents to a bowl and set aside.
- Add dates, ghee or coconut oil, honey, and the optional orange rind or rose petal jam to the food processor and pulse until dates break up. Then process steadily until all ingredients are well combined.
- Add back to the processor all but about 1/8 cup of the almond mixture and pulse and process until nicely combined.
- Roll walnut-sized pieces of the mixture into smooth balls. Then roll the balls in the reserved almond mixture.
- Makes about 16 balls.
Ojas Builder Drink or Ojas Rasayana
There are certain foods and herbs in nature that literally build ojas, your inner sap & vitality. Eating these foods in combination with a more balanced lifestyle will support immunity, sleep, vitality, complexion, mood stability and longevity. To boost ojas and gain the predicted benefits of ojas-producing foods and herbs, consider making the following recipe for an ojas tonic before bed: This is about as yummy of a drink as you will ever have.
This bedtime treat ensures a deep, restorative sleep. It makes about 2 servings and can be diluted with water if it is too thick.
- 10 almonds, soaked (8 hrs) or blanche them in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and run under cold water, then remove and discard their skins.
- 1 c whole milk or almond or rice milk
- 2 t ghee
- 4-5 dates
- ½ t cardamom
- ½ t cinnamon
- pinch of saffron
- optional 1/8 tsp black pepper
- Optional Add Ojas-building herbs to the milk (1/4 tsp of each): shatavari, ashwagandha
- Liquefy all ingredients in a blender until it reaches a smooth consistency. Pour into a pot on the stove and bring to a gentle boil. Stir and serve.
- 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1 cup raw slivered almonds
- 1 cup dried cherries, or cranberries,
- 5 tablespoons of maple syrup
- Tad of salt.
- Oven set at 300 degrees, parchment paper, mixing bowl, 2 cookie sheets, 20 minutes start peeking for golden brown.
- Mix pumpkin seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds and maple syrup together in mixing bowl.
- Place parchment paper on cookie sheets, evenly distribute mix onto sheets.
- Lightly salt.
- Place in oven at 300 degrees, shift cookie pans after ten minutes so they heat evenly.
- At 20 minutes… peek to see if it’s golden brown.
- When golden brown, take out and let cool.
- Break up into desired chunks, add cherries, or cranberries.
Eat. Consider adding warm milk to a bowl of this for a great GF morning meal.