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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Generally balancing for all doshas, this simple red lentil recipe is good to keep on hand for a quick and easy Ayurvedic meal.
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!
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.
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.
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.
This dynamic variation on the classic Ayurvedic kitchari recipe blends the dietary benefits of asparagus with the digestive support of saffron.
This kitchari for vata incorporates warming, grounding ingredients to bring out kitchari's vata-pacifying qualities and counteract vata's cold, dry qualities.
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!
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.