recipe for kitchari

Recipe for Kitchari

Ayurvedic Wellness with Kitchari

If you’re looking for a wholesome and comforting meal that nourishes your body and calms your mind, this recipe for kitchari is the perfect dish for you. This traditional Indian dish is made with mung beans, rice, and spices that promote balance, health, and well-being according to Ayurvedic principles.

Kitchari has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine as a healing food for cleansing and rejuvenating the body. Its simple yet powerful combination of ingredients help you to detoxify the digestive system. This delicious meal also supports your immune system and balances your doshas, which govern your physical and mental health.

But kitchari is not only a medicinal food. It’s also a delicious and satisfying meal that you can enjoy any time of the day. Whether you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this recipe for kitchari is versatile. Furthermore, it is easy-to-make that you can customize to suit your needs.

In this blog post, I will share with you my favorite recipe for kitchari and explain the benefits of the ayurvedic ingredients. Whether you’re new to Ayurveda or a seasoned practitioner, this recipe will help you to experience the goodness of this ancient wisdom in your kitchen. So let’s get started and learn how to make this delicious and nutritious dish!


Recipe for Kitchari


Soak the mung beans for several hours before cooking and drain. Bring the mung beans and 4 cups of water to a boil, scooping off any foam that forms on the top. Strain out the liquid, and add another 4 cups to the mung dal.

Slice the ginger thinly. Set the mustard seed aside. Mix the remaining spices together with 1 tsp water, making a paste.

Fry the mustard seeds in ghee until they begin to pop. Add the spice paste, spreading it in the pan, and fry for thirty seconds. Add the spices to the mung beans. Take some of the broth and deglaze the pan to wash any remaining spices from the frying pan into the simmering mung beans.

After an hour, or when mung beans begin to soften add white basmati rice and a cup of water. If you are going to use brown rice, be sure to add an extra cup of water and cook for longer – until the rice is soft. Cook until tender on low heat for 20-25 minutes.


  • 1/4 tsp Ajwain
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 inch fresh Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
  • 1/2 cup Mung Bean
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seed
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Tumeric
  • 4 cups Water


Kitchari is rich in fiber and protein and cleanses to the digestive tract. It reduces inflammation and promotes overall vitality making it a great healing meal for a Vata imbalance.


If you liked this wellness recipe and want to learn more about the ayurvedic diet and rituals. You can now purchase my introduction to ayurveda ebook. This ebook includes a quiz to identify your dosha consitution. Find out more about the ayurvedic ebook and dosha guide here.

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