Bowl of Kitchari

Healing Ayurvedic Kitchari

  • Author: Sapana
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Category: Main Dish, Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian


Kitchari is a traditional Indian meal made with a mix of Basmati rice and moong dal. It’s gentle on the digestive system with healing and detoxifying properties. This recipe is simple, delicious, and can be enjoyed any time of the day.



  • 1/2 cup moong dal (split mung beans)
  • 1/2 cup Basmati rice
  • 4 cups water (for cooking)
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger (or a pinch of ground ginger powder)
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

For Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Combine the rice and moong dal in a medium bowl. Soak the mixture in water for about 20 minutes. Rinse well until the water runs clear and drain.
  2. Add oil to a medium pot on low heat. Once the oil starts to warm up, add the cumin seeds and stir.
  3. When the seeds start to brown and become fragrant, add the ginger and ground turmeric. Stir and add the rice and moong dal mixture. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Stir and add the 4 cups of water.
  4. Increase the heat to medium-high to bring the water to a boil.
  5. When the water comes to a boil, turn the heat down to a simmer. Let the kitchari simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until you get a porridge-like consistency. 
  6. Carefully taste the kitchari to make sure the rice and dal are cooked through. If not, you may need to let it cook a little longer.
  7. Turn off the heat. Adjust the seasoning, if needed, and stir again. Garnish with toppings and serve.


Moong dal (split mung beans washed) can be challenging to find in most grocery stores. Thankfully, you can buy organic moong dal from Amazon here.

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