• Beyond Kitchari: Rice and Bean Recipes for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
    • Health and Wellness
    • September 20, 2023
    Beyond Kitchari: Rice and Bean Recipes for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha

    Rice and beans are tasty, versatile, and packed with nutrition. Try these dosha-inspired recipes in place of kitchari or anytime you want a wholesome meal.

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  • Ayurveda for Vegans and the Perfect Vegan Kitchari Recipe
    • Food and Cooking
    • March 16, 2022
    Ayurveda for Vegans and the Perfect Vegan Kitchari Recipe

    There are many reasons for someone to choose veganis, with health and ethics at the top of the list. Explore Ayurveda's perspective on a vegan diet and enjoy a tasty vegan kitchari recipe. 

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  • 5 Ways to Change Up Your Kitchari + Recipes
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • March 10, 2022
    5 Ways to Change Up Your Kitchari + Recipes

    For kitchari to do its job while cleansing, it's important that it remains simple and easy to digest. But that doesn't mean your kitchari needs to be boring!

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  • Instant Pot Kitchari with Seaweed & Tamarind-Carrot Sauce
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • June 16, 2020
    Instant Pot Kitchari with Seaweed & Tamarind-Carrot Sauce

    If you love kitchari but want to switch it up with an easy, flavorful alternative, this instant pot recipe with seaweed and tamarind-carrot sauce is for you.

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  • Satisfying Kitchari Recipe for Hungry Pitta Bellies
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • August 20, 2019
    Satisfying Kitchari Recipe for Hungry Pitta Bellies

    This recipe is perfect for the end of the summer to release excess heat that builds up during the hot months, or any time of year you want to reset your gut, cool and nourish your body, and upgrade your overall health.

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  • What Makes Kitchari Spice Mix So Delicious?
    • Food and Cooking
    • March 15, 2019
    What Makes Kitchari Spice Mix So Delicious?

    When you use Banyan's traditional blend of Ayurvedic herbs and spices, you can be assured that you are taking in something that is time-tested and authentic.

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  • 3-Herbed Kitchari with a Dollop of Yogurt
    • Vata Recipes
    • October 12, 2017
    3-Herbed Kitchari with a Dollop of Yogurt

    As the days get shorter and we nestle into the cool autumn season, stews come to mind, rich, creamy stews that satisfy the robust agni that is stimulated by the fall. A hearty green mung bean, greens, and aromatic herb kitchari makes a delicious meal this time of year.

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  • Red Lentils with Kitchari Spice Mix
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • August 22, 2017
    Red Lentils with Kitchari Spice Mix

    Generally balancing for all doshas, this simple red lentil recipe is good to keep on hand for a quick and easy Ayurvedic meal.

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  • Toor Dal Kitchari
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • August 01, 2017
    Toor Dal Kitchari

    Light and warming toor dal is used in place of mung in this kitchari variation. This is an excellent kitchari recipe for kapha constitutions and imbalances and is good for balancing vata as well. A classic nutritious meal all in one pot, this dish goes well with almost any vegetable, so add in your favorites and try to keep it fresh and in season!

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  • Cooling Mung Bean Kitchari
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • June 27, 2017
    Cooling Mung Bean Kitchari

    Whole green mung beans are cooked with basmati rice, fennel seeds, and burdock root for a cleansing pitta-pacifying kitchari recipe. For extra blood and liver support, try adding bitter leafy greens like dandelion or collards. This combination of ingredients make this an ideal kitchari recipe for pitta constitutions, imbalances, and for those seeking a cooler alternative to kitchari in the summertime.

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  • Urad Dal Kitchari
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • January 19, 2017
    Urad Dal Kitchari

    An alternative to the classic kitchari, this recipe combines creamy urad dal with basmati rice and agni strengthening spices. These additions make it an ideal kitchari recipe for vata constitutions and imbalances, or for those who need some extra digestive support. Keep this vata balancing kitchari on hand during times of cleansing, or when you’re looking for a simple and delicious Ayurvedic meal.

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  • Basic Warming Kitchari
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • June 20, 2013
    Basic Warming Kitchari

    Kitchari is one of the staple foods of an Ayurvedic diet. This classic recipe is great for cleansing, and is also good for stimulating digestion and circulation.

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  • Saffron Asparagus Kitchari Recipe
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • March 19, 2013
    Saffron Asparagus Kitchari Recipe

    This dynamic variation on the classic Ayurvedic kitchari recipe blends the dietary benefits of asparagus with the digestive support of saffron.

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  • Vata Balancing Kitchari
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • October 11, 2012
    Vata Balancing Kitchari

    This kitchari for vata incorporates warming, grounding ingredients to bring out kitchari's vata-pacifying qualities and counteract vata's cold, dry qualities.

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  • Super Simple Kitchari Recipe Using Kitchari Spice Mix
    • Ayurvedic Recipes
    • May 23, 2012
    Super Simple Kitchari Recipe Using Kitchari Spice Mix

    Easy to digest, balancing for all doshas, and delicious, kitchari is often used in Ayurveda to give the body a break. Try this easy recipe today, and see how great you can feel!

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Kitchari Recipes

Kitchari (pronounced kich-uh-ree) is the traditional cleansing food of Ayurveda. One of the most quintessential Ayurvedic meals, it is a combination of split mung beans and white basmati rice cooked with a variety of flavorful spices.

One of the wonderful things about this tasty Ayurvedic dal recipe is that kitchari is balancing for all constitution types—vata, pitta, and kapha. And the process of soaking, cooking, and spicing this meal of kitchari rice and dal makes it incredibly easy to digest.

In fact, it is so gentle on the digestive tract that it is often fed to babies, the elderly, and those who are recovering from illness. Depending on your dosha and on what your body needs, the blend of kitchari spices can be adjusted endlessly to create a personalized dal kitchari recipe that’s perfect for you.

Kitchari is also an excellent source of protein. Eaten on their own, both rice and dal are each missing one or more of the essential amino acids that our bodies are not able to make on their own. However, together they make magic happen! The combination of rice and mung dal provides all the amino acids needed to form a complete protein.

Because it is so versatile, nourishing, and easy to digest, a fresh-cooked bowl of kitchari soup is considered the basic, foundational meal of an Ayurvedic kitchari cleanse. Eating a simple monodiet of primarily kitchari for several days gives the digestive system a chance to rest and reset, making this rice and lentil cleanse an effective way to nourish and detoxify the body.

While many other fasting cleanses can have a fairly intense effect on the body and leave our energy levels low, a kitchari cleanse is detoxifying yet substantial enough to fuel you as you accomplish your day-to-day responsibilities.

And whether or not you’re officially cleansing, the nutritional value and gentle balancing qualities of kitchari have numerous benefits for the body. It naturally removes toxins from the system, nourishes healthy tissues, and supports balanced digestion.

Ayurveda considers digestion to be the golden key to health—essential to maintaining a healthy immune system and preventing imbalance. With its easy digestibility and adaptable blend of spices, incorporating kitchari into your diet on a regular basis is an excellent way to support optimal digestive health.

Feeling hungry and wondering how to make kitchari for yourself? Here are some of our favorite recipes. Keep in mind this Ayurvedic meal lends itself to endless variations to meet your needs wherever you are—you will find vata-friendly kitchari, pitta-friendly kitchari, kapha-friendly kitchari, vegan-friendly kitchari, cleansing kitchari, breakfast kitchari, and even a quick and easy instant pot kitchari!

And unless you’re feeling adventurous, you don’t need to worry about finding a kitchari spice mix recipe. Banyan’s Kitchari Spice Mix offers a delicious, pre-mixed blend that is easy to use and great for all doshas. It can even be used beyond kitchari to bring flavor and spice to your veggies, stir fries, soups, and stews.