KITCHARI (serving 2 people)

A very simple, nutritious and detoxifying meal, excellent even when recovering. It is made of basically two main ingredients: mung beans and basmati rice, two foods highly digestible and nutritious. We can make it purely with beans, rice, ghee and spices for a more detoxifying effect or add in some seasonal vegetables.

Especially during a change of seasons, or when we feel the need of purifying and rebalancing our digestion, we can have a 3-day detox period only with Kitchari, for breakfast with sweet spices like vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, for lunch with warming spices that activate Agni (the digestive fire) like pippali (long pepper), black pepper (for Kapha) and ginger, for dinner with calming spices (anti-Vata) that promote sleep like cumin, asafetida (avoid it if you have Pitta in excess), nutmeg.


  • half a glass of Mung Beans (Green Adzuki)
  • half a glass of Basmati Rice
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • Ghee as required
  • 2 carrots (optional)
  • 2 celery stalks (optional)
  • parsley (optional)


Soak mung beans overnight, strain them and wash them under running water. Put them into a pot on the cooker and add abundant boiling water. Have them boil for a few minutes, taking off the foam that comes to the surface. Then add in bay leaves, basmati rice and vegetables cut into pieces. Let all cook through. Serve with a teaspoon of ghee and spices and herbs that you like.

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