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Delicious Kitchari for cleansing

Kitchari is a one pot lentil, rice and spice dish that is a panacea to the body. It is a tasty, nourishing  and easy to digest meal when fasting to give the stomach, liver and rest of the body a rest to replenish itself. It is used very often during an ayurvedic cleanse between seasons. Try our kitchari recipe along with a day of sipping on hot ginger and honey tea, taking it easy and rest. Let us know what you think!


  • ½ cup red split lentils or mung beans, soaked overnight

  • ½ cup white basmati rice

  • ½ tablespoon ghee or oil

  • 1 teaspoons each black mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds

  • 1 teaspoon each cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper 

  • Salt to taste 

  • 2 green cardamom pods

  • 1 clove

  • 2-4 curry leaves

  • 2–3 cups of vegetables

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • Separately rinse the lentils/mung and rice until the water runs clear. 

  • Heat the ghee or oil in a large pot.

  • Add all the seeds and toast until the mustard seeds pop.

  • Add the curry leaves and powdered spices, and mix together.  

  • Stir in the rice and lentils/mung. Add 3 cups of water, cardamom and chopped vegetables. 

  • Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook at least 30 mins to one hour, or until the lentils and rice are soft and the kitchari has a porridge-like consistency.

  • Top with fresh cilantro on top, if desired.

  • Serve while warm