kitchari – mung bean and rice

This recipe was taught to me many years ago while I was studying yoga in India. During that time I was staying with a host family. I had the pleasure of watching the women preparing many nourishing whole food recipes. This recipe was my favorite.

Kitchari means a mixture, usually of two grains. This recipe is particularly nourishing and easy to digest. I adjusted the recipe by adding more vegetables to suit my liking. You too could do the same.

This recipe is so simple and super yummy.


Course: Main Course
Keyword: dairy free, gluten free, Vegan, wholefoods
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6
A mixture, usually of two grains, that is particularly nourishing and easy to digest. 
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  • 2 cups brown, black or red rice soaked (optional)
  • 2 cups dried mung beans soaked (optional)
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 inch ginger finely chopped
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 1 head broccoli chopped
  • 4 cups kale chopped
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp dried cumin
  • 1 tsp dried coriander
  • 3 tsp sea salt to taste
  • 10 cups water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee


  • Add oil to a hot saucepan
  • Add ginger, garlic and onion. Cook until translucent
  • Add ginger, mustard seeds, cumin, turmeric and dried coriander. Sauté until the seeds pop 
  • Add the mung beans, rice, carrot, broccoli and water. Stir ingredients and bring to boil 
  • Once boiling, turn the heat to low and simmer for approximately 40 minutes
  • Add the salt, kale and fresh coriander
  • Turn off the heat, stir through and let it sit with the lid on for approximately 5 minutes
  • Serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt or coconut cream and a side salad. Enjoy!


For the most nutritious and easy to digest Kitchari recipe soak the rice for 12 and the mung beans for 6 hours. Cover them with water and add a dash of vinegar. I soak the rice first thing on the morning and the beans at lunch time so they are ready for dinner that night. The beans will absorb a lot of the water, so be sure to top them up with more water if needed. This step isn’t necessary, so if you omit this step, the result is still a divine dinner.

Comments: 1

  • Katherine


    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this on the weekend xx

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