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Recipe Superstar: Kitchari

Updated: Aug 22, 2020

Kitchari! A wonderful, balanced, Ayurvedic meal for any time of day! With some eggs and greens it makes a lovely breakfast. Ayurvedic medicine recommends kitchari fasts (only eating kitchari for 2 weeks) during any illness. Wonderful herbs like turmeric, cumin, coriander, cilantro and ginger cleanse the body, while rice and lentils provide a complete protein and healthy fats and broth sustain and nourish the body.

You can soak the beans and rice together overnight, cook after 8 hours of soaking, drain, and store in the fridge for making fast kitchari later in the week. Finished kitchari also stores well in the fridge and reheats with a little more broth easily. My favorite legumes to use are french green lentils or mung beans. I am also shocked at how well-liked this recipe is for my toddler and his little friends.

Kitchari Recipe


3 tbsp butter or coconut oil or olive oil

1-2 tsp ground coriander

1-2 tsp ground cumin

1-2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 finely chopped yellow or red onion

1 tsp grated or minced ginger (optional)

11/2 tsp coarse sea salt

1 cup soaked, sprouted and cooked lentils or beans

1 cup soaked and cooked rice

1/2 -1 cup bone broth or vegetable stock for consistency

chopped fresh cilantro on top

  • In a deepish pan heat the oil over medium heat.

  • Add the cumin, coriander and turmeric. Cook until spices sizzle, about 30 seconds.

  • Add the onion and ginger and cook until slightly brown, another couple minutes. (Can add in thinly chopped kale, greens, or soaked shitake mushrooms here if desired)

  • Add the lentils, rice and salt.

  • Stir in bone broth until it reaches a porridge-like consistency.

  • Simmer until slightly thickened, a couple minutes.

  • Serve with fresh chopped cilantro.

  • (Add poached/sunnyside up eggs and sautéed or steamed dark leafy greens on top for a wholesome breakfast bowl)

Easy-Peasy Quick Tips:

Use canned lentils or beans

Use cooked frozen rice

Use store bought stock or water

Use pre-made toppings fo pizzaz: sauerkraut, sour cream, pre-boiled egg, salad mix, avocado, etc.

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