Kitchari is a staple comfort food of India, especially during times of fasting. It's meant to be nourishing and grounding, so if you need to hit the "reset" button, definitely make this easy and nourishing meal.

Nourishing Ayurvedic Kitchari [Vegan]






  • 1 cup split yellow mung beans (moong dal)
  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • A pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Fresh cilantro and lemon or lime juice to serve


  1. Rinse the mung beans and rice then add them to a large pot or Dutch oven.
  2. Add the bay leaf, cinnamon, stick, spices, and salt then pour the water in. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook the mixture until all of the water has been absorbed (this took me about 25-30 minutes). Make sure to stir often so the bottom doesn't burn.
  3. Once all of the water has been absorbed, turn off the heat. Serve up your kitchari with a heavy sprinkling of fresh cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice.

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 1430 | Total Carbs: 307 g | Total Fat: 4 g | Total Protein: 36 g | Total Sodium: 282 g | Total Sugar: 60 g Per Serving: Calories: 238 | Carbs: 51 g | Fat: 1 g | Protein: 6 g | Sodium: 47 mg | Sugar: 10 g Calculation not including fresh cilantro or lime. Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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