A couple of weeks ago my cousin was suffering from a stomach bug. She couldn’t keep anything in. But we remembered a childhood dish we often ate called Kitchari.

All these years later, we realised that Kitchari heals and soothes the intestinal wall. A few meals of Kitchari made a huge difference to her strength.


  • 1 cup split yellow mung dahl beans*
  • ¼ – ½ cup long grain white or white basmati rice
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger root
  • 1 tsp each: black mustard seeds, cumin, and turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp each: coriander powder, fennel and fenugreek seeds
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 7-10 cup water
  • ½ tsp salt (rock salt is best) or Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1 small handful chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Can add steamed vegetables or lean meat when not cleansing, or for extra blood sugar support during a cleanse *Split yellow mung dahl beans are available at Asian or Indian grocery stores, or on our online store. Different spellings include mung or just dahl. Please note that you do not want the whole mung beans – which are green – or yellow split peas.


  1. Wash split yellow mung beans and rice together until water runs clear.
  2. In a pre-heated large pot, dry roast all the spices (except the bay leaves) on medium heat for a few minutes. This dry-roasting will enhance the flavor.
  3. Add dahl and rice and stir, coating the rice and beans with the spices.
  4. Add water and bay leaves and bring to a boil.
  5. Boil for 10 minutes.
  6. Turn heat to low, cover pot and continue to cook until dahl and rice become soft (about 30-40 minutes).
  7. The cilantro leaves can be added just before serving.
  8. Add salt to taste.
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  1. I remember this too from my childhood years. It was always made when we fell ill, and it always made us feel better.

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