Using Your Spice Mix

Using Your Spice Mix

Super Simple Kitchari Recipe


Kitchari is a delicious and nourishing dish that is often used in Ayurveda as a means to give the digestive system a break to cleanse and to support healthy weight loss. As it is easy to digest, it provides a balancing effect on all three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) and leaves you feeling lighter and more energetic. Try this simple and easy recipe today, and see how great you can feel!


Method of Preparation:

Wash and then soak the yellow mung dal for at least 4 hours. Drain the soak water when you are ready to cook. Also wash the rice at the time of cooking. In a large saucepan, add the ghee and allow to warm. Add the Kitchari Spice Mix and sauté for about 1 minute. (Take caution not to burn the spices.) Add the rice and mung dal and sauté for another 1–2 minutes. Add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low-medium heat, cover the pot and let the kitchari cook on a simmer for 40–45 minutes*. If you would like to add vegetables, add dense vegetables (like sweet potatoes and carrots) after the kitchari is half cooked (after about 15–20 minutes). Add leafy vegetables like kale towards the end of the cooking process. Once the cooking is complete, add salt to taste, and garnish with lime, cilantro, and coconut as desired. Enjoy!

*Cook times may vary in higher altitudes. If longer cooking time is necessary, you may need additional 1–2 cups water.


Dr. Premal Patel, Wellness Director at Banyan Botanicals, talks cleansing, Ayurveda, and the benefits of Kitchari Spice Mix