Carefully pick over rice and dal to remove any stones.
Wash each separately in at least 2 changes of water. Add the 6 cups of water to the rice and dal and cook covered until it becomes soft, about 20 minutes.
While that is cooking, prepare any vegetables that suit your constitution.
Cut them into smallish pieces. Add the vegetables to the cooked rice and dal mixture and cook 10 minutes longer.
In a separate saucepan, sauté the seeds in the ghee until they pop.
Then add the other spices. Stir together to release the flavors. Stir the sautéed spices into the cooked dal, rice, and vegetable mixture. Add the mineral salt and chopped fresh cilantro and serve.
Caution: Kitchari mono-diet
can lead to constipation if taken exclusively for several
days, as it is low in fiber. To ensure proper elimination,
the following may prove helpful if taken once a day,
away from kitchari meals: psyllium husks or seeds with
water OR oat bran OR prune juice.
Teas for each Constitution
Vata Tea equal parts ground ginger, cumin and
Pitta Tea equal parts ground cumin, coriander
Kapha Tea equal parts ground ginger, cinnamon,
and a pinch of clove