Kitchari means mixture, usually of two grains. This is one kitchari recipe that is particularly nourishing and easy to digest. Please note the options below for some alternatives.
Above all other Indian meals, there is one which is considered to help facilitate spiritual growth. It is the Ayurvedic detox food – but it can also be found on many dinner tables on a normal day, as it is loved for other reasons, as well.
Kitchari, pronounced kich-ah-ree and sometimes spelled khichadi or khichdi, has long been used to nourish babies and the elderly, the sick, and the healthy during special times of detox, cleansing, and deep spiritual practice.
A simple, porridge-like blend of beans and rice, kitchari is often referred to as the Indian comfort food. But perhaps contrary to the western idea of comfort food or even health food, kitchari has many nourishing and cleansing benefits.
We’ve used this Kitchari recipe in our Gentle Three Day Cleanse (3dC), which you can view and follow for free here.
Kitchari means mixture, usually of two grains. This is one kitchari recipe that is particularly nourishing and easy to digest.
- ½ cup basmati rice
- 1 cup mung dal (split yellow)
- 6 cups (approx.) water (optional: use all bone broth or half water/half bone broth)
- ½ to 1 inch ginger root, chopped or grated
- a bit of celtic salt salt (1/4 tsp. or so)
- 2 tsp. organic ghee or coconut oil
- ½ tsp. coriander powder
- ½ tsp. cumin powder
- ½ tsp. whole cumin seeds
- ½ tsp. mustard seeds
- ½ tsp. turmeric powder
- 1 and ½ cups assorted vegetables (optional)
- Soak both the mung dal and the rice in water for at least 8 hours.
- Drain and rinse until the water runs clear.
- Add the 6 cups of water to the rice and dal and cook covered until it becomes soft, about 20 minutes.
- In a separate saucepan, sauté the seeds in the ghee or coconut oil until they pop. Then add the other spices. Stir together to release the flavours. Stir the sautéed spices into the cooked dal, rice, and vegetable mixture. Add the Celtic sea salt and serve.
- Keep in a container in the fridge or portion off into one meal size dishes.