Healing Ayurvedic Kitchari

September 26, 2013

Kitchari is a traditional one-pot Ayurvedic dish that’s known to gently detoxify and balance the body. Abundant in protein, chock full of health benefits, easy to digest, inexpensive and easy to make, this has become a staple dish in our home. Calming, warming and soothing, it’s wonderful when recuperating from an illness or any great physical or emotional stress, such as childbirth, surgery, or extensive travel. There are different variations for this recipe, but this is the one I typically make for our family.


  • 1/2 cup of dry green mung beans
  • 1/2 cup of dry mung dal (split yellow)
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 5 cups filtered water
  • 6 cups assorted vegetables (we almost always use carrots, cauliflower and yam)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root, minced
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Himalayan salt
  • Dried cranberries, currants, goji berries, cilantro or parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Wash the mung beans and soak them in water for 4-8 hours.
  2. In a large pan, melt the ghee or coconut oil.
  3. Add seeds to the ghee or coconut oil and saute until you hear them pop.
  4. Working quickly, add the spices, ginger, rice and beans to the mixture and stir.
  5. Slowly add in the filtered water.
  6. Add the vegetables and lightly stir.
  7. Bring water to a boil.
  8. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes.
  9. Stir in the salt.
  10. Top with dried berries and/or fresh parsley or cilantro (optional)

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  • Reply jessica October 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I love that you have gluten free recipes. Thank you for remembering us with diet restrictions!!!!!

    • Reply Natureal Mom October 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      You got it!! 🙂 Be sure to check in tomorrow for a super tasty dish and later again in the week for a yummy dessert, both gluten-free!

  • Reply laura February 12, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    this was excellent We are mostly paleo; this recipe was posted by a FB friend and it looked and sounded so healing, so i thought it was worth the cheat. Everyone in my house, including kids’ guests, loved this – so flavorful and smelled so good while it was cooking. We used yam, cauliflower and green beans, and i could have easily put in 8 cups of veggies. I shared this recipe with everyone i know. Thank you!

    • Reply Natureal Mom February 12, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It’s one of our favorites and is regularly in rotation. It’s very comforting and easy to sneak in veggies for the littles!

  • Reply sandra heymann May 4, 2016 at 8:54 am

    hi, Is it ok to eat Kitchari while pregnant? maybe its a silly question, but since I read kitchari is mostly used to detox..i was wondering…thanks! sandra

    • Reply Natureal Mom May 5, 2016 at 11:29 am

      I’m not a nutritionist or a doctor, but I wouldn’t think that eating a bowl of kitchari would be considered a major “detox” or unsafe 😉 As always, best to consult a trusted and informed care provider when feeling unsure. Best!

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