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A Basic Kitchari Recipe


  • 3/4 cup Split Yellow Mung Beans
  • 3/4 cup White Basmati Rice
  • 1 Tbs Fresh Ginger Root
  • 1 tsp each Black Mustard Seeds, Cumin seed and Turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp each Coriander powder, Coriander seed, Fennel and Fenugreek seeds (fenugreek optional. Also if only have coriander powder just use that no worries!)
  • Cloves
  • Bay Leaves
  • 1-2 small piecse of Kelp or Kombu. rip up or cut with scissors. ( You can leave this out if hard to find)
  • 7-10 cup Water
  • ½ tsp Salt (rock salt is best)
  • 1 small handful Fresh Chopped Cilantro Leaves
  • 1 TBS ghee or coconut oil



1.a.I like to start with a mantra. If this is not a thing for you- just play some nice music that makes you feel happy.

1.b.Wash split yellow mung beans (dahl) and rice together until water runs clear.

2. Heat a large pot on medium heat, add 1 TBS ghee and then add all the spices (except the bay leaves). (If you want an extra step you could dry roast spices for a minute or 2 and then add the ghee. This dry-roasting will enhance the flavor but is not necessary.) Cook spices in ghee until you smell them- about 1-3 minutes.

3. Add dahl and rice and stir again.

3b. Add veggies (an easy combo is 2 c squash or carrot or sweet potato, with 1 – ½ c kale or any other green) you can play with veggie variations but keep the balance of an augmenting veg with a tonifying veg. (ex: delicata squash is augmenting or nourishing and kale is tonifying or more cleansing.)

4. Add water, kelp or kombu, and bay leaves and bring to a boil.

5. Boil for 10 minutes.

6. Turn heat to low, cover pot and continue to cook until dahl and rice become soft (about 30-40 minutes).

7. The cilantro leaves can be added just before serving.

8. Add salt to taste- but don’t over salt 😊

ENJOY! And cheers to your wellbeing on all levels.

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