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Discover Kitcharee – A Delicious and Nourishing Recipe



Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of holistic medicine. Ayurveda places a heavy emphasis on the therapeutic powers of foods, and kitcharee (also spelled kitcharee and kichadi) is a nourishing soup from the Ayurvedic healing tradition. Practitioners of Ayurveda consider kitcharee to be one of the best foods for restoring digestive health.

Kitcharee is a stew made from rice cooked in abundant quantities of water or broth. It is very similar to “congee”, a type of rice porridge or gruel that is eaten in China and many other Asian countries. Like congee (and chicken soup for many Americans), kitcharee is considered comfort food for those who are tired or ill, and it aids in detoxification due to its easy digestibility.

In addition to the rice, kitcharee typically contains protein-rich mung beans, nutrient-dense greens and root vegetables, and an abundance of herbs and spices that enhance digestion and help with the elimination of toxins.

Kitcharee is especially appropriate for cleansing, and can be eat as the sole source of nutrition during a mini-fast or “detox”. There are many recipes for kitcharee, and here is one of my favorites. If you would like your kitcharee to be very “soupy”, you may add more water and cook it for even longer. You may also increase the liquid and cook your kitcharee in a crockpot overnight for a delicious and healthy breakfast treat.


1 cup of split yellow mung beans

1 cup brown rice or basmati rice

6 cups water

1 Tb. coconut oil or ghee

1 Tb. ginger, grated

2 parsnips, diced

1 cup daikon radish, diced

6 inch piece of burdock root, peeled and chopped

1 bunch of kale, chopped fine 1 tsp. cumin seeds

½ tsp. cumin

½ tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp. coriander

1 tsp. turmeric

½ tsp. cayenne pepper

Himalayan or sea salt and pepper to taste

Fresh chopped cilantro for garnish


Rinse mung beans and rice in cold water. Place in a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Heat oil or ghee in a large skillet. Add onions, garlic, ginger and spices and sauté for a few minutes. Add water if necessary to prevent the spices from burning. Add to the rice and beans, and then add the rest of the vegetables. Simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beans and vegetables are soft.


use properly above all ingredients and similarly follow directions of cooking for great tasty kitchree.

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Source by Winnie Abramson

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