Kitchari is one of Ayurveda’s most famous foods. If you’ve ever done any kind of ayurvedic detox or cleanse chances are you will have heard of it and most likely have eaten it. Kitchari is quick and easy to make and has many wonderful health benefits. It’s ayurveda’s choice food when detoxing the body and is consider a scared food in India, so scared that it’s often referred to ‘food of the Gods’. Made up of basmati rice, mung dal, ghee and spices, kitchari is perfectly balanced (friendly to vata, pitta and kapha’s), easy to digest, gives strength and vitality, and deeply nourishes all tissues of the body.


·         1 cup basmati rice (washed 7 times in cold water)

·         1 cup mung dhal (washed)

·         1 teaspoon turmeric powder

·         1 teaspoon cumin seeds

·         1 piece of ginger, finely chopped

·         1 very small pinch of asafoetida 

·         1 teaspoon ground coriander

·         2 tablespoons ghee

·         1 teaspoon mustard seeds

·         1 teasp. lemon juice

·         1 teasp. Salt

·         1 teaspoon fennel seeds



1.       Wash rice and mung dhal in cold water 7 times and keep ready. 

2.       Heat up the ghee in a heavy bottom pan and add the mustard seeds. Fry on medium heat till they start to pop up.

3.       Add the rest of the spices and fry till they turn golden brown and give an aromatic smell (approximately 30 sec - 1 min). Do not allow them to burn.  

4.       Add rice and mung dhal, stir for a few seconds so that the mixture is coated with ghee, then add lemon juice and 4 cups boiling water.

5.       Cook with occasional stirring till all the rice and dhal are soft and mushy in consistency.  Add water as needed.

You can also thrown in any of your favorite veggies if you feel like it.


*this recipe make 4 serves