Kitchari - Food As Medicine

Kitchari to me is one of the most healing meals on earth. It comes from the ancient tradition of Ayurveda and is often used to "cleanse" the body and where it is eaten as a mono diet over several days, or even weeks. 

Personally, I like to replace a meal once in a while with Kitchari to give my digestive system a break, to lower inflammation, to warm the body from the inside (especially in these colder times) and give myself valuable nutrition. There are many ways of cooking Kitchari, here I'd like to share my personal favourite.

2 portions

1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)                         1/2 tsp Coriander powder

1 tsp turmeric (anti inflammatory)                1 cup brown rice

1/2 tsp mustard seeds                                   1 cup yellow lentils (you can use any other lentils)

1/2 tsp cumin                                                 optional veggie (courgette, squash, spinach)

1 tsp grated ginger


Heat up the ghee so it melts in a medium sized pot. Throw all your spices into the melted ghee and stir them around for 1 min. You will immediately smell the gorgeous fragrance of all these healing spices. Once the mustard seeds are popping, you are ready to add the brown rice and lentils and cover them in the ghee/spice mixture. Add 2,5 cups of water to the pot and stir. If you are adding any vegetables (for extra fibres) then now is the time to add them too. 

Ground Turmeric comes from the Turmeric root and has amazing healing benefits. The most known ones are anti inflammatory and anti depressant.

Allow the grains and veggie mix to simmer for about 45mins (cooking time of the rice). If you have used white rice instead the cooking time will be much shorter. Keep stirring occasionally. Once done serve your Kitchari with some fresh coriander or a slice of lemon and maybe for flavour a pinch of pink himalayan salt. ENJOY!

Carina BognerComment