Kitchari recipe

Updated: May 13


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Kitchari is a dish that soothes the digestive system

because it is so easy to digest. It gives you vitality, strength and nourishment.

Kitchari is the food choice for a mono diet, or when doing a cleansing programme like Panchakarma. But it can be eaten when your digestive system needs a rest, a break. In Ayurvedic way of life, a mono cleanse diet is done once a week, using kitchari and fennel tea. It is said that a weekly mono diet with Kitchari, not only detoxifies but also contributes for the de-aging of the cells.


  • 1/2 cup basmati rice

  • 1 cup mung dal (split yellow)

  • 6 cups (approx.) water

  • 1/2 to 1 inch ginger root, chopped or grated

  • A bit of mineral salt or Himalayan pink salt (1/4 tsp.)

  • 2 tsp. ghee

  • 1/2 tsp. coriander powder

  • 1/2 tsp. cumin powder

  • 1/2 tsp. whole cumin seeds

  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds

  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder

  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)

  • Handful of fresh cilantro leaves


  • For Vata or Kapha conditions: add an extra pinch of ginger powder

  • For Pitta: leave out the mustard seeds