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Khichari is Ayurvedic comfort food and comes with a warming as it's so yummy you may be wanting more.  Its quick and easy to make and the flavors will melt on your tongue.  This dish is very versatile you can also try cooking with quinoa instead of rice or using mung instead of split mung or red lentils.  Try adding veggies of choice half way through cooking.

Khichari recipe


How to make khichari


Traditional Kitchari 

serves 4 people

cooking time 30 mins


1 cup white basmati rice

½ cup split mung or mung

2 tsp ghee

Spices (or 1 tablespoon khichari spice mix)

¼ tsp black mustard seeds

½ tsp cumin seeds

½ tsp turmeric powder

1½ tsp coriander powder

½ tsp fennel powder

1 pinch Hing (asafoetida) not for pitta instead use desiccated coconut 1/4 cup

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp Himalayan salt

6 cups water

1 cup of Fresh Cilantro to garnish

1 spoon of lemon pickle and fresh mint leaves and yogurt or keffir (optional per person as a topping).



Wash and sort the split yellow mung and put on a boil 3 cups of water in a heavy bottomed pan.

After 15 mins you will see the creamy inside of the mung open up, scoop off any white form which has formed at the top of the split mung.  

Next add the rice with 2 cups of water, salt and the blended desiccated coconut with powdered spices and cinnamon, coriander powder, fennel & turmeric, also add the fresh ginger.  Combine all the spices into the dhal.

In a small frying pan melt the ghee and add the mustard seed on a medium heat wait till they pop and add the cumin, coriander,  and ginger for 30 sec on a low flame.  

After this, add the ghee with the curry powder to combine with the mung and rice.  

Now pour over the mung dal mixture, let them cook on a medium high flame for 5mins.

Add a little liquid throughout to get to the consistency you prefer.  Serve with a sprinkle of cilantro and yogurt.

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