Moong Dal is one the most cherished foods in Ayurveda. Both rice and moong beans are easily digestible and nutritious, which make khichari a healing as well as soothing food for digestive tract. It is tridoshic; balancing all three doshas-kapha, pitta and vata and especially when cooked with spices, is appropriate for each dosha.
Ingredients for Yellow Moong Dal Khichari for Pitta Dosha:
Wash the moong dal and rice. It is better to soak them for 2 hrs before cooking. Blend well the ginger, coconut, cilantro along with 1/2cup water till it becomes a paste. Heat the ghee on medium flame in a large saucepan and add the paste along with turmeric and salt. The mixture should be stirred well. The rice should be mixed well along with moong dal. To this mixture add 6cups of water. Boil this mixture uncovered for 5mins. Then cover the saucepan, leaving the lid slightly open. Lower the flame and cook for nearly 25-30mins until the dal and rice are completely cooked.
Ingredients for Green Split Moong Dal Khichari for Pitta Dosha:
Place rice and dal together in large mixing bowl. Rinse several times under running water. Drain and reserve. Set heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat and add ghee or oil. When warmed, add cumin and mustard seeds (if using) and hing. Stir until seeds pop, about 30 seconds. Add chopped ginger, sauté 30 seconds. Add reserved rice and dal, turmeric, salt and chilli powder. Mix in gently. Add water and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Cover saucepan, reduce heat to low and cook undisturbed until tender, about 30 minutes. Switch off heat, let khichari rest 5 minutes. Fluff it up gently with a fork and serve.
Spices Beneficial for Pitta Dosha: The spices added to the khichari enhance the nutritional value on account of their medicinal qualities. Basmati Rice, split Moong beans, Cumin seed, small Cardamom, Fennel seed, Mustard seed, Turmeric powder, Coriander, Cinnamon, Rock salt, and Ghee works as a cooling agent to the digestive system.
Other Health Benefits of Khichari Moong Dal Khichari for Pitta Dosha
In Ayurveda, this mix of rice and moong beans is considered extremely easy to digest and is said to purify the digestion and cleanse the body of toxins, much like other cleansing diets. The work of the digestive system is lessened, allowing for greater healing and cleansing.