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Prep Time:

About 1 hour


4 Servings

About the Recipe

Kitchari is a delicious one pot meal that is nourishing, but easy to digest. It's a great food to eat during times of stress, if the body is weak or if the digestions is off. While it's such a great meal, one wouldn't want to eat it every day forever. :) But it can be used for a simple 3-Day Cleanse to boost digestion and clear toxins from the body.


  • ½ cup basmati rice (white is easier to digest, which makes it perfect for this recipe)

  • ½ cup split mung dal (yellow, small split bean: check at Indian grocer or health food store)

  • 4 cups water

  • 1 tsp ghee (clarified butter can be purchased in a jar or use this Ghee Recipe)

  • 2 carrots, sliced

  • 1 tender zucchini, halved and sliced

  • any other vegetable you would like to add, chopped or sliced

  • 1 Tablespoon of ghee

  • ½ teaspoon coriander seeds

  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds

  • ½ teaspoon dry ginger or 1 inch of fresh ginger chopped

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder

  • salt to taste

  • 1/4 to 1/2 of a lime

  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


Step 1

Rinse rice and split mung dal well.

Step 2

Place in medium saucepan with: water, ghee, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and lower heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes.

Step 3

Add prepared vegetables to rice and mung beans. Cover and cook on low for another 10-15 minutes.

Step 4

In a separate skillet heat together the ghee, coriander, cumin, ginger, turmeric, and salt to taste until you smell the beautiful aroma, then pour over rice and dal mixture and stir well.

This recipe can be made either thick or soupy.

A variety of vegetables and spices can be used based on the season.

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