Liver cleansing

Kitchari, the best CLEANSING DISH, means “mixture” in Hindi. It’s the combination of mung beans or dal, basmati rice, spices and easily digestible vegetables like carrots, celery, asparagus, spinach, green beans or broccoli.

You can either choose green mung beans or yellow mung beans. The difference is that the latter has been dehusked making it much lighter to digest but it looses much of its fiber content. Both are good options.


White basmati rice, 1 cup

Mung bean, ½ cup

Ghee, 2 tablespoons

Vegetables, 2 cups

Coriander to garnish

Water, 6 cups


Mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon

Coriander seeds, ½ teaspoon

Fresh ginger finely grated, 3 or 4 cm inches

Turmeric, 1 teaspoon

¼ asafoetida powder

Rock salt to taste

Tip: excess water and over-stirring can turn it mushy. Garnish the kitchari with your choice of fresh coriander. Enjoy!


- Soak the beans overnight. Strain the soaking water. Mix the rice with the beans and rinse them until the water is clear.

- Warm the ghee and add all the seeds. Sauté these spices until the mustard seeds begin to pop. Add the turmeric, asafoetida and fresh ginger. Stir briefly until aromatic.

- Add the rice and bean mixture and stir for some minutes.

- Add the water and bring to a boil. Then add the salt, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer.

- About halfway through the cooking, add in the vegetables.

- Simmer until the rice, beans, and vegetables are cooked. Turn off the gas, remove from heat and garnish with coriander leaves when you are ready to eat.


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