Kitchari - recipe

- If any food could wear a cape and fly, it would be Kitchari. (1)

The Indian dish Kitchari has become a big favorite of mine, a delicious meal which fills the kitchen with wonderful scents. Kitchari is best known as the all-star of Ayurvedic cleansing, and if you are a yogi, you might know the dish? - it is said to be the most wholesome food for yogis- balanced for body & soul.

Kitchari is known for the good ability to detoxify the body, it is nourishing and easy to digest. It has a perfect balance of healthy proteins and carbs. In addition, it may help healing digestive problems, balance the metabolism, clean your liver and assist in weight stabilization. Not bad?

There are so many different ways to make Kitchari (which means mixture, usually of two grains, by the way), but common for all is that it does not take a lot of time, and it is easy to make. I like it this way:

You need:
1/2 cup basmati rice
1 cup red lentils (Mung Dal, split yellow)
6 cups water
2 tsp butter (ghee, if you have)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 cm ginger root (chopped)
1 t coriander seeds
1/2 t salt
fresh cilantro leaves

If you like, you can also add 1 cup assorted vegetables. I have experimented at bit and tried with different vegetables. You can add carrots, potatoes, beans, but I liked it with zucchini or tomatoes - I think both works very well. Separately though.

You do:
Clean the lentils and rice, and set aside. Heat the butter in a pan, and add the seeds. Saute them until they pop, and then add the other spices. Add the rice and lentils, and pour over water. Allow it to boil for 20 minutes, but check that it has enough water. It shall be a bit sticky, but not dry!. After 20 minutes you can add chopped vegetables. Cook for another 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. (you can also precook them, and add them to the rest towards the end of the cooking time )

That's it, dear reader, it is ready - I hope you got tempted to try it out?

(1) Kate Lumsden- www.elephantjournal.com


  1. While growing up I used to hate khichari...I just couldn't take it on days when mom would choose to prepare this dish..But now, staying away from mom, it is one of the quickest, easiest and not to mention healthiest meals I prepare :)

    1. Hahah - thanks for sharing Naba. So true:-) What a great dish it is:-) Hugs

  2. When we were younger, we always associated khichri with illness. I love it now! :)

    1. Oh, thanks for sharing Corinne dear:-) I love it too:-)

  3. That sounds delicious - I'll be trying it out soon!
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  4. Dearest Eli,
    Well, a week ago we ate Indian food while in Atlanta and we both LOVE it. They know their way with adding flavorful spices and anything with cilantro makes a delicious food as well. Love lentils too, they are so healthy as a vegetarian dish instead of meat.
    Sending you hugs,

    1. Oh, so happy you love it. I do too. That cilantro sure makes the difference:-) Thanks for visiting dear Mariette, hugs to you:-)

  5. I absolutely love khichri although I make it with Mung or even Urad dal. It's my comfort food and the bonus is that it cooks fast and is perhaps the easiest single dish meal to make. The kids love it too. Was fun reading your version of it.

    1. Thanks dear friend. Happy to see you here as always - yes, it sure is comfort food at its best right?:-) Big hugs

  6. I can imagine the aroma as the seeds pop, yummy. I will have to try this sometime soon. My vegetarian daughter will be very happy too. Thanks.

    1. Hope you will enjoy it too Rhonda dear. happy to see you here:-)


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