This dish is actually called, Kitchari which is a staple comfort food in India. The word "kitchari' means "mixture" or "mess" as in "mess of pottage" or "mess of stew" or porridge. Judging from the picture below you can tell why... but I am here to tell you why you should try this jumbled mess - it is medicine.
The main ingredients are rice and mung beans, to which a variety of spices- cumin, coriander and turmeric are added for flavor.
It is an ancient Ayurvedic practice in India to fast with a "kitchari cleanse." In Ayurveda- an
ancient medical practice of India dating back 5,000 years, this mix of rice and mung beans is considered extremely easy to digest and is said to purify the digestion and cleanse the body of toxins. Kitchari fasting is actually a mono-diet, which means the body receives a limited diversity of foodstuffs and therefore needs to produce a limited number of digestive enzymes. The work of the digestive system is lessened, allowing for greater healing and cleansing to occur.