This food is connected with claims of being anti-inflammatory and good for the gut, but we also recommend it if you are just hungry for a delicious meal.


  • 2 tbsp Basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp yellow split mung beans
  • 1 tsp ghee or 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1⁄4 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1⁄4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground ginger
  • 500 ml hot water
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh coriander
  • a squeeze of lemon juice


  1. Heat the ghee in a pot and briefly fry the cumin seeds.
  2. Add the rice, mung beans, turmeric and ginger powder. Stir a few times.
  3. Add enough hot water to cover, and cook the Kitchari for 20–25 minutes until the mung beans and rice are soft.
  4. To finish, season with salt and pepper, stir in some chopped coriander and add a squeeze of lemon.

Note: Kitchari should always be made fresh.


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