Recipe: Cleansing Kitchari

Kitchari is an extremely satisfying Ayurvedic dish recommended to balance an individual’s doshas. This means that it includes all four qualities (air, water, fire and earth), so it’s good for everyone and leaves you feeling grounded and comforted. The mix of spices can help stimulate your digestive fire, or your Agni, so that you can absorb the nutrients from your food. A kitchari cleanse is a great option for anybody feeling ungrounded or dealing with digestive issues. This recipe makes 6-8 servings.

Ingredients for Cooking:
1 cup white basmati rice
1 cup split yellow peas or Mung beans (recommended to soak overnight)
6 cups water
1 tablespoons fennel seeds
1 tablespoon coriander
2 tablespoons cumin
1.5 tablespoons turmeric
Salt and pepper as desired
Chopped large zucchini, carrots, or sweet potato (cubed)

Ingredients for Topping:
Chopped cilantro
Fresh grated ginger
Fresh squeezed lime juice
Jalapeno, optional

Add all ingredients for cooking to a large pot and cook on high until it comes to a boil.Then turn down to low and cover with a lid for about 30 minutes until your kitchari has absorbed the water. Sometimes I like it a little more soupy, other times I like it more of a thick oatmeal consistency.

When it’s ready, scoop out a portion and top it with fresh ingredients as desired.


by Kaitlyn McHale and Maria Borghoff