Cleansing with Mung Beans and Rice

Cleansing is almost a necessity when we transition from one season to the next.  In this time the immune system is compromised as the body attempts to transform and prepare itself for the times ahead.

Their are different cleanses and fasts for each season.  Marika and friends of Glowing House love to “test” out many detox and rejuvenating approaches for the body, mind and spirit.  For each individual the results and effects are different but the transformation is nonetheless significant.

This fall we are partnering with Kundalini Yoga East to participate in a 30-day Mung Bean and Rice cleanse.  Mono Diets are typically safer and more effective than fasts as one still ingests foods that posses healing properties the body needs.  The work of the digestive system is lessened, allowing for greater \ cleansing and healing to occur.

A beloved mono diet, the Mung Bean and Rice combination cleanses the kidneys, colon and digestive organs.  Also, it strengthens and reorients the liver function as well as helps digest unwanted tissue. This calming, soothing and warming mono diet’s alkalizing effects builds and tones organs, nerves and glands.  Mung beans are full of protein, carbohydrates, minerals, and all the vitamins you need.  The healing properties of Mung Beans are so amazing that it’s been called “the Food of Angels.” 

Here is one recipe given by Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga.  Remember you can cook mung beans with lots of fresh veggies so check out your local farmers market for seasonal favorites.


4 ½ cups water

mung_beans_and_rice½ cup whole mung beans

½ cup basmati rice

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic,minced

¼ cup finely minced ginger root

3 cups chopped vegetables (any of your choosing: ie. greens, carrots, peas, etc)

2 tablespoons ghee or oil

¾ tablespoon turmeric

¼ teaspoon crushed red chilés (not for Pittas)

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon coriander

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon salt


Rinse the mung beans and rice.  Add the mung beans to boiling water and cook until they begin to split.  Add the rice and cook another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Now add the vegetables.  As it begins to cook it will thicken.

Heat the ghee/oil in a sauté pan and add the onions, garlic, and ginger and sauté until clear.  Add the spices and cook 5 more minutes, stirring constantly. Add a little water if necessary.  Add this to the cooked rice and beans. The final consistency should be like a thick soup.  You can use any vegetables you like, as well as use Bragg Liquid Aminos, instead of salt.

What is between the Body and the Spirit?  The Mind    -Yogi Bhajan

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Ayurvedic Healing, Dr. David Frawley

The Aquarian Teacher, Yogi Bhajan

Food for Health and Healing  Remedies and Recipes by Yogi Bhajan, PhD