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Ayurveda Recipe: Healing Kitchari

Kitchari is one of the staple and most important dishes in an Ayurvedic and yogic diet. Usually a mix of two grains. Kitchari is easy to digest and cleanses the entire body. Whenever you feel like you have over-indulged or your digestive system feels sluggish, just cook this easy one-pot recipe to refresh your system.


  • 1/4th cup of yellow moong dal (split)
  • 1/4th cup of basmati rice
  • 1 zucchini – cut in cubes
  • 2 carrots – cut in cubes
  • 2 celery stick – cut in 4 halves
  • 2 tsp of fresh ginger – grated
  • 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1tsp of cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp of cumin powder
  • ½ tsp of coriander powder
  • 3 tsp of himalayan salt
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil or ghee
  • A small bunch of fresh cilantro – chopped


  • Clean and soak the moong dal in water for at least 30 minutes
  • Wash the rice thoroughly and put it in the rice cooker along with the moong dal
  • Add all the chopped vegetables and spices
  • Next add water 5 cups of water and let the dish cook on its own
  • Once the rice and dal is soft, remove from the stove and add some ghee or olive oil
  • Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro

Why is Kitchari so amazing?

  • Kitchari heals the gut—one of the main teachings of Ayurveda is that a healthy digestive system is the mainstay of a healthy mind and body. 
  • Kitchari not only cleanses the toxins from our gut, but nourishes it as well
  • Not only is it healing for the body, but nourishing for the mind.
  • It balances all the three doshas—Kapha, Pitta, and Vatta

Previously published on artofliving.org; recipe by Kasia Fraser, originally written for Hello Delicious. Edited by Aratrika Rath.