Kitchari is a traditional Indian meal made with a mix of Basmati rice and moong dal. It's gentle on the digestive system with healing and detoxifying properties. This recipe is simple, delicious, and can be enjoyed any time of the day.
Combine the rice and mung beans. Soak in a bowl of water (be sure to add enough water to fully submerge the rice and beans) for about 30 minutes. Rinse well and drain.
Add oil/ghee to a medium pot on low heat. Once the oil/ghee starts to warm up, add the cumin seeds.
When the seeds start to brown and become fragrant, add the ginger (if using fresh ginger) and ground turmeric. Stir for about 30 seconds. Add the salt, black pepper, and the 4 cups of water. Increase the heat to medium-high.
Add salt, ginger (if using ground ginger). When the water comes to a light boil, add the moong dal and rice.
When the water comes to a boil again, turn the heat down to low and stir in half of the cilantro. Let it simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Carefully taste the mixture to make sure the rice and beans are cooked through. If not, you may need to let it cook a little longer.
Turn off the heat. Adjust seasoning, if needed, and stir again. Garnish with fresh cilantro. You can also drizzle with a little fresh lime juice and enjoy!
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