From an Ayurvedic perspective, Detox food is any food that helps the body break down “AMA” or the half digested un-metabolised food product that circulates in the body as toxins. 

Kitchari is a traditional Ayurvedic dish that helps in the body detoxification process and is balancing and beneficial for everyone.


1 cup Basmati or Brown Rice
2 cups  Mung Daal ( split)
1 cup seasonal vegetables
7 cups water
2 table spoons Ghee
1 table spoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper


1. Wash rice and dal in clean water. Wash each separately at least 3 times.
2. Sauté fennel seeds in ghee until they pop. Then add ginger paste and pepper followed by mung dal and salt. Sauté for 1 or 2 minutes. Add 5 cups boiling water and simmer for 30 minutes or until the dal is about 2/3 cooked.
3. Now prepare fresh seasonal vegetables like carrots and peas. Cut them into small pieces. Add rice and vegetables. Stir to mix, adding 2 remaining cups of boling water. Simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is fully cooked.
4. Serve hot.

Alternative method (if you have a digital rice cooker)

  1. Wash all ingredients mentioned above i.e. rice, water and  vegetables.
  2. Add them in the rice cooker along with water. Select “Congee” or “Soup” option.
  3. Sauté  fennel seeds in  ghee until they pop. Now add  ginger paste, salt and pepper and saute for another 1-2 minutes. Add this mixture in the rice cooker once the cooking process is completed  and mix everything well. Serve hot. 

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