Detox khichari (khichadi or kitcheri) for weight loss with horse gram, buckwheat groats, and asparagus. Light and moist yet nourishing and filling this khichari is a delicious and satisfying way to cleanse and detoxify the body and manage your weight.
Detox Khichari – Ingredients Breakdown
Horse gram (Kulthi, Kollu, Ulavalu) is a powerful detoxifier and a weight management aficionado. Horse gram melts body fat where toxins tend to linger. It has a low glycemic index and is rich in essential nutrients like iron, protein, and antioxidants. Horse gram is mildly heating and reduces water retention in the body.
Horse gram has a decalcifying effect on the body; It breaks down and eliminates reactive toxins that have crystallized in the body, dissolving kidney stones and calcium deposits in joints and arteries. Horse gram scrapes and binds toxins for easy elimination.
In this recipe, I paired Horse gram with buckwheat and yellow mung dal. If you want to get rid of congestion, high cholesterol, or unwanted weight, buckwheat with its drying and heating qualities is your friend. It is perfect for damp and cool weather and great for weight management.
Yellow mung dal is the easiest dal to digest and is a staple food in many countries worldwide. It is made from whole mung beans that have been hulled and split, producing a delicate lentil-like legume. Yellow mung dal is cooling and is perfect for balancing the heating effects of buckwheat and Horse gram.
Asparagus has a powerful detoxifier as well. It reduces water retention and eliminates toxins through the urinary tract. It reduces inflammation and lowers cholesterol levels—prevents kidney stones by cleansing the kidneys. Asparagus is cooling and balancing to Horse gram.
And one more powerful detoxifying ingredient in this recipe is daikon radish. Daikon glucosinolates effectively enhance detoxification enzymes and act as a natural cleanser preventing the collection of waste in the kidneys.
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- 1/4 cup horse gram (soaked overnight)
- 1/4 cup yellow mung dal (soaked overnight)
- 1/2 cup green buckwheat groats (or basmati rice)
- 1 cup zucchini* (peeled, chopped)
- 1/2 cup daikon radish (peeled, cubed)
- 1/2 cup carrots (shredded)
- 1 cup asparagus (chopped (about 15 stems))
seasonings and spices
- 2 tbsp parsley (or cilantro)
- lime juice (freshly squeezed )
- 4 lime slices
- Soak horse gram, yellow mung dal, and rice in separate bowls overnight with a pinch of salt and a splash of lemon. In the morning rinse using a mesh sieve and set aside covered with a cotton cloth.
- In a saucepan, combine horse gram with 2 cups of water. Cover with a lid. Bring it to a boil, lower the heat and cook for at least 60 min.
- Warm-up ghee (or coconut oil) in a medium pot. Mix in curry leaves, Basic Savory Sattvic spice mix, Metabolism-boosting spice mix. Warm up the spices for about 1 min.
- Add carrots, zucchini*, daikon radish, buckwheat, and mung dal to the same pot. Mix well. Add 2-1/2 cups of hot water and salt. Cover with the lid after bringing it to a boil, reduce the heat, and cook for about 20 minutes. Stir as needed.
- Add cooked horse gram, asparagus, and black pepper. Check for salt. (add additional if needed). Cover with the lid and cook for an additional 5-8 min. (or until asparagus is tender).
- Serve hot with a wedged quarter of lime** on the side (per portion). Sprinkle finely chopped parsley, cilantro, or fennel greens on the top. Right before eating, squeeze some lime juice.
What about you?
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Be Alive 🌱,
❤ Love, Julia
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