My first batch of Ayurvedic khichari came out nicely. I have been eating it nonstop since last night. I used only elements that I had in the fridge and my cabinet, namely, carrots, brussel sprouts, ginger, coconut oil, kombu. I usually use ghee to start the khichari, but I opted for coconut oil as we have a cleanse participant who is strictly vegan. Since I recommended to her to start her khichari with coconut oil, I tried it myself. There was no noticeable difference between the ghee and coconut oil in terms of flavor as such a negligible amount of fat is used, and coconut oil has myriad health benefits, so vegan it up!
The main ingredients of any khichari is rice and beans soaked and cooked together. You can use another bean for khichari, but we use mung beans for the cleanse, small green kidney-shaped beans that are packed with protein, fiber and have minimal volatile gas-producing elements. You will not be singing, "beans, beans the musical fruit . . . " during your cleanse, but also note that rinsing, soaking and cooking your beans properly also helps to remove gas. Mung beans are a very sattvic (light, ethereal) food, meaning they have an easy-to-assimilate nature, in contrast to a larger beans like garbanzos, or kidney beans, which have more rajasic (active, fiery) natures, potentially translating to more tumult in the digestive tract.
When making khichari, clear your mind and stay focused on the food and preparation elements. Put some nice uplifting music on and send your good vibes to the food as you rinse, chop, season, adjust. It might sound out-there, but I am 100% convinced of the efficacy of good energy going into the cultivation and preparation of our food translating to good assimilation and good health. You can salt or add some chopped fresh aromatic herbs to your khichari to finish it off, have a side of diced avocado with sea salt & lime.
As you detox, strange and wonderful things might come up. If you are kicking an addiction you may experience headaches and irritability. Coffee can be a fierce one, but stick it out, your lower back will open up so much! When you start to unpack your liver and colon of excess toxins and bulk, you will think more clearly. As you further detox and become lighter, you will need less sleep, may find that your Yoga practice soars, and it's easier to sit comfortably for things like meditation practice or extended periods where you have to focus. Pay attention to your dreams during this time. They are indicators of where to point your dharmic compass. So off we go!