Kitchari, meaning “mixture,” is the combination of rice and lentils used in Ayurveda to calm the digestive system and promote healing in the body. Kitchari tends to be a very simple dish but it can be prepared in a variety of ways and tailored to any dosha. In the fourth week of my month-long cleanse, kitchari will serve as my main source of food and sustenance. Here is a kitchari recipe that I have truly come to love:
Although any combination of rice and beans can be utilized, I like combining basmati rice and french green lentils for my kitchari.
The rice is fairly simple to prepare. Check out Manjula’s Kitchen for a quick tutorial. Plus, Majula’s Kitchen is like the Pandora’s box of Indian cooking 🙂
* 3 cups prepared basmati rice (or rice of choice)
* 3 cups prepared french green lentils (or lentils of choice)
* 1/2 yellow onion (chopped or minced depending on preference)
* 6 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 Tbs fresh ginger, minced
* 2-3 Tbs garam masala (I suggest Penzeys or Savory Spice Shop)
* sea salt
* lebanese yogurt or kefir
I highly recommend buying good quality, fresh, organic lentils. Soak them in water overnight to shorten their cook time. Here’s a rundown of lentils from how2heroes.
In a wide saucepan, pour about 6Tbs of coconut oil into the pan over medium heat.
Add onions. Cook until soft.
Add ginger and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.
Add garam masala. Cook for 20 seconds.
Stir in lentils and mix until lentils are completely seasoned.
Portion basmati rice into a cup or bowl. Add 1tsp (or more) of ghee to the center of the rice. Pour equal portions of lentils over rice. Sprinkle with sea salt to preference. Dress with fresh cilantro and lebanese yogurt (or kefir). Give thanks and enjoy 🙂