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Kitchari/ kitchadi/ kitcheri/ khichdi Recipe

Updated: Nov 19, 2023

Kitchari kitchadi

Kitchari is an Ayurvedic dish made of spiced basmati rice and split mung, dahl. The combination is easy to digest; the mung beans will clean out your digestive system while giving your body a boost. Traditionally this meal is given to those who are sick but works great in preventing illness as well.



-1 tsp. Cumin seeds

-1 tsp. Coriander seeds

-1 tsp. Brown mustard seeds

-3 Tbsp. Sesame oil

-½ cup basmati rice

-¼ cup split mung beans

(the yellow ones)

-1 strip kombu

-6 cups water, more as needed

-1/8 tsp. Asafoetida

-½ tsp. Rock salt

-1 Tbsp. Freshly grated ginger root

-1 tsp. Turmeric, fresh or powder

-½ tsp. cardamom

*optional add two types of vegetables, one sweet (augmenting) and one bitter and or astringent (extractive)


1. Preferably soak the rice and beans overnight 3-4 hours will do too. Rinse until water is clear.

2. Heat the oil in a pan, then add the mustard seeds until they start to pop. Add the cumin and coriander seeds.

3. Add the rice, beans, kombu stick, and 4 cups of water. Bring it to a simmer.

4. Heat a frying pan add 1 tbsp oil, and add the rest of the spices until the aroma comes up.

5. Simmer the rice and beans for about 20 minutes, then add the spices. Stir occasionally; the kitchari is done once it has a porridge-like consistency.

6. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

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