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Updated: Apr 17, 2020

Spring is the time for renewal, cleansing, and detoxifying - Kitchari being the perfect prescription!

In spring, as the days get longer and the earth starts to thaw, it heralds the beginning of the Kapha Season - the perfect time for the Spring cleanse. For most of us the idea of cleansing with lentils and rice seems a bit bizarre. No green smoothies and cayenne lemonades? Really?

Kitchari is made from basmati rice, mung lentils, ghee and warming spices. This mono-diet resets the digestive system and works marvels on the body.



2 tbsp ghee

3 cups water

½  cup yellow mung lentil

½  cup white basmati rice

4 bay leaves

4 whole cloves

4 green cardamoms

¾  tsp cinnamon

1 tsp turmeric

½  tsp salt


  1. Wash mung dal & rice mix and soak for 2-4 hours , if possible.

  2. Heat ghee in a pan on a medium heat. Add spices and stir until fragrant.

  3. Add drained mung dal and rice and stir well.

  4. Add 3 cups of water and bring to boil. Boil uncovered for 5 minutes.

  5. Turn heat down to low. Cook, lightly covered, until the mung and rice are soft (like thick porridge), about 20 to 25 minutes. Check often - if needed add some more water.

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