Mung beans are so versatile that they can be added to many dishes including soups, casseroles, stews and even bean burgers. In Ayurveda they are revered for their easy digestibility and absorption into the body, this is why they are called tri-doshic, meaning that they can be eaten and assimilated by many different body types and digestive capacities. Combined with basmati rice, they make for a nutritious food source known as kitchari.

In Ayurvedic medicine, a kitchari fast is done to eliminate toxins from the body and help maintain homeostasis. The combination of of green mung beans with basmati rice and varying levels of spices is all it is. The person fasting, depending on their capacity to digest, assimilate and eliminate, can add various vegetables to the kitchari or stew depending of what dosha they are. Combined with either ghee or sesame oil, this food is so nutritious that you can live off it. 

Doing a fast requires attention to detail, and therefore no alcohol, dairy, cold foods, caffeine or sugar should be consumed during this time. Also it is advisable to reduce over exerting the body and doing gentler forms of physical exercise like yoga, swimming or walking. 

As stated, mung beans are incredibly versatile, check out our vegan shepherd's pie recipe in the blog section. Subscribe today to get amazing healthy recipes. click here to subscribe

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