Basic Kitchari

Basic Kitchari

This recipe makes enough for 5 meals. It feeds me for a day plus one more breakfast. I like to make this basic recipe, cool it and store it in the fridge. From that, I take what I need for a meal and add different spices and vegetables to it.


1 1/2 cups basmati rice (brown or white) or try millet

3/4 cups mung beans

8 cups water (more for millet)

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 pinch asafoetida (a spice also called hing- available at Indian and Chinese grocers)


  1. Soak rice and beans separately overnight in plenty of water.
  2. The next day rinse the rice and beans and put into a heavy bottomed pot.
  3. Add water, turmeric and asafoetida.
  4. Cook over medium heat until the water is mostly absorbed.


Breakfast bowl

In a pot, heat 1 Tbsp coconut oil with 2 cracked cardamom pods, ¼ cup unsweetened coconut and a pinch of cumin seeds.

Cook over medium heat until fragrant.

Add 1 ½ cups cooked kitchari mixture, a little water (more of you like it soup-y), a dash of cinnamon and some ground cloves. Season with salt.

Cover and heat gently for a few minutes, until water is absorbed.


Savory Kitchari


1 ½  tsp. Mustard Seeds

1 tsp. Cumin Seeds

1 tsp. Ground Coriander 

1 tsp. Ground Fennel

1 inch ginger, grated or minced

Optional: onion, garlic, vegetables such as zucchini, sweet potato, carrot, squash, green vegetables of your choice.


  1. Sauté seeds until the pop in a bit of coconut or olive oil. Add onions, ginger, garlic, or hard vegetables such as carrots or squash to the spices and cook for a few minutes, until they begin to soften.
  2. Then add 1 1/2 –2 cups of cooked kitchari mixture, a little water and any soft vegetables like greens, zucchini, or broccoli.
  3. Put a lid on it and cook gently until the water is absorbed and the vegetables are cooked.
  4. Season with salt.

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andreapotter, posted on April 23, 2013

@misschievous87 kitchari is actually a porridge, so it is supposed to be very mushy and watery. (Like Congee). The texture is soothing to the digestive system. It's not everyone's cup of tea though so I am glad you found a variation you like.

beth.devillier, posted on April 23, 2013

I followed this recipe with the millet instead of rice. I added just a little more water for millet as it says and ended up with a big pot of mush. I threw it out and made another batch using only 5 cups of water and it came out perfect.

plbone, posted on April 4, 2013

@nikkali Watch the video about Kitchari and she tells you all the benefits. She also demonstrates how to make it too! ; )

nikkali, posted on March 5, 2013

What are the benefits of eating kitchari?

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