Ayurvedic Cleansing Soup
Here is the simple Ayurvedic cleansing soup I make on my liquid diet days. It cooks in no time so is by far the easiest approach. It is also a perfectly balanced meal for your body. It will strengthen Agni, cleanse Ama and will also stabilise your blood sugar because it is low GI. But don’t expect it to be the most delicious soup in the world - it is a very simple soup designed to give your digestion a break. If you get sick of this one, simply prepare a vegetable broth, split or whole mung soup or other light veggie soup for your fasts (you can find a few different soup recipes on our website at www.muditainstitute.com).
The amounts below are per person. If cooking for two, double the recipe.
When heading off to work, simply pop your hot soup in a food thermos or if you have a stove at work, take a pot into work so you can warm it up and help yourself throughout the day.
- 1/3 cup basmati rice
- 1/3 cup split yellow mung daal
- ½ carrot, chopped
- ½ zucchini, chopped
- 8 cups boiling water
- 1 tsp ghee
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1 pinch asafoetida/hing
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp finely grated ginger
- 1 tsp garam masala (make your own - equal parts cumin, fennel & coriander seed ground in a spice grinder)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lemon to taste
- Coriander leaves to sprinkle on top (optional)
Soak your rice and mung daal overnight in water (it’s a good idea to set an alarm the night before your designated liquid diet day so you remember this step).
In the morning, drain it, rinse it and put it in a large pot. Add the veggies and all of the spices then the boiling water. Bring to the boil then turn down to a low heat and simmer until the mung is cooked.
When the mung has completely disintegrated, blend the soup with a stick blender. Serve hot with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and a generous squeeze of lemon. Cooking time is approximately 15-20 mins.
Nadia Marshall is an Ayurvedic Consultant, Cook, Health Writer and Managing Director of the Mudita Institute & Health Clinic near Byron Bay. Their ‘WARMTH’ cookbook is available as a FREE download from their website.