Most Excellent Kitchari

Kitchari is a one-pot meal that utilizes a grain, a legume and traditional Indian spices to make a warming, easy to digest, immune building meal.  I made some version of kitchari every week while apprenticing at Seven Centers Yoga Arts, but this particular recipe is my all time fav.

For the legume we use mung beans, which are known to help cleanse the liver, remove built up toxins and restore balance.  Basically what I’m saying is – make this awesome, detoxifying, Ayurvedic chili right now and start the new year right!

Dr. Vasant Lad’s Most Awesome Kitchari

Developed by Dr. Lad, a world renowned Ayurvedic practioner, teacher, author.


Soak mung beans in water overnight.



½ tsp  coriander

½ tsp  cumin

¼ tsp  cardamom

¼ tsp  fennel seed, ground

¾ tsp  turmeric

1 tsp  salt

¼ cup  white basmati, rinsed well

½ cup mung beans, soaked overnight

3 ½ cups  water or vegetable broth

And don’t worry, you can pick up all ingredients at your local health food or international grocery store.

Put it all together:

  • Cover the bottom of the pot with ghee or oil
  • Add spices and warm until fragrant
  • Drain the mung beans and add them with the rice to stock pot
  • Stir until coated with the spice mixture
  • Add the water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil
  • Lower heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes until well cooked


Garnish with cilantro, lime and fresh ginger!!

Recipe Source: Dr. Vasant Lad

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