Delicious, Healing Ayurvedic Kitchari Recipe For Cleansing


Healing Kitchari Recipe for One, Barbara Sinclair Holistic Health & Healing

Kitchari is Ayurveda's vegetarian version of chicken soup. It's great to eat during periods of cleansing, illness, or whenever your digestion needs a break.

A perfect food during Kapha Season, kitchari gently helps detoxify our body from the toxins that tend to build up during the winter months.

Leftovers are an unfortunate no-no, according to Ayurveda, so here's a simple recipe for a single serving

Bring a kettle of water to boil and set aside.

Rinse rice and mung dal (you can soak for a few hours for better digestibility) thoroughly in a colander and drain.

Melt ghee in stainless steel or ceramic pot.

If using onion and garlic, saute briefly in ghee. (Kitchari is traditionally more bland for optimal digestibility but when using it for a regular meal, I often add garlic and onion.)

Saute cumin, mustard and fennel seeds just until mustard seeds start to pop.

Add turmeric and stir. It will burn quickly, so immediately add rice/dal and stir.

Add enough boiling water to cover about 2-3″ above mixture. Kitchari can be soupy or more solid, depending on your preference.

Add salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil and then simmer, covered, with the lid slightly cracked open for 25 minutes. Keep an eye on the pot and add water if necessary. The final result should be somewhat soupy.

Add chopped vegetables and cover for another 5-10 minutes, until tender.

Stir in cilantro (or parsley) and, if desired, stir in a chopped (or pureed) tomato.

Voila! Feel free to mix up the spices. You can add ginger, coconut flakes, etc. And lots of different kitchari recipes can be found on the web.


Much love,

Barbara Sinclair is an artist and holistic health practitioner with a passion for Ayurveda, the ancient mind/body system of healing and longevity. Barbara was able to heal herself from years of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, by adopting an Ayurvedic lifestyle. She is now pain-free and joyfully shares these methods with her readers and clients. Barbara received her Ayurveda training from Wise Earth Ayurveda, the first school of Ayurveda teachings in the US. She is also a certified holistic health counselor and energy healer.

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