By Ghanshyam Singh Birla, Vedic Palmist-Astrologer and Founder of the Birla Center
Spring celebrates rebirth and rejuvenation. It is the best time of years to boost your metabolism and energize it while cleansing it of toxins. This is particularly true if you suffer from headaches, indigestion, recurring colds, constipation, insomnia, PMS or sluggishness; a spring detox could be extremely beneficial.
One of the best detox foods is kitcheri. This healthy and nutritious meal is renowned for its ability to soothe an upset stomach, as it is easy to digest. Kitcheri contributes to build vitality and strength, as it helps balance us. A light meal comprised of basmati rice and moong beans, is considered an excellent way to ease the burden on our normally overtaxed digestive system. In India this diet is a means to cleanse toxins and allow the body to devote energy to heal itself.
Here is an easy and delicious kitchery recipe from Simple Pleasures of the Indian Table by Chanchala Birla:
Moong Dal Kitcheri
½ cup split moong dal (with skin)
½ cup basmati rice
4 ½ cups lukewarm water
2 ½ tablespoons oil
1 pinch asafoetida
½ heaping teaspoon cumin seed
½ tablespoon fresh ginger (grated)
2 large garlic cloves (finely chopped)
½ cup onions (finely chopped)
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 cup potatoes (peeled and cut into 1" chunks)
1 celery stalk (finely chopped)
½ tablespoon black pepper
Check the dal for any stones. Wash the dal and the rice separately in lukewarm water. Combine the rice and dal and soak in 4½ cups of water for 15 minutes.
Place a large pot on medium heat and add the oil. When hot, stir in the asafoetida, cumin seed, ginger, garlic and onions, and sauté until golden brown. Add the dal and rice mixture (with the water it has been soaking in) to the fried onions, along with the salt, potatoes and celery. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle with black pepper. Stir just before serving.
Calories per serving 270; Protein 8.5 gr. ; Carbohydrate 44.3 gr. ; Fat 9.2 gr.
Ayurvedic Cleanse & Rejuvenation Package
At the Birla Center, we offer an Ayurvedic Cleanse & Rejuvenation package aimed towards establishing a balance in order to revitalize and rejuvenate the body. During this program, you will take a tonic and kitchery every day. Also a treatment will be scheduled daily. You will start with a four-hour massage called Udvartana, an invigorating massage that improves circulation and helps relieve muscle stiffness. It includes the application of a paste called ubtan, prepared with a special blend of herbs and oils. Ubtan cleanses, exfoliates, and tones the skin. This extremely beneficial herbal mixture is even more effective when left on the body for longer periods of time. Inquire about this four-day detox program.