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Cleansing Ayurvedic Kitchari Recipe

  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 23 minute
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Ayurvedic kitchari is a cleansing dish that uses Indian spices, lentils or mung beans, along with many other delicious spices. It’s usually served with basmati rice (brown or white) and is fun to make, as its many ingredients deliver a complex, superior flavor.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 bunch carrots, peeled and cut into coins
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • ½ cup basmati rice (brown or white)
  • ¾ cup red lentils (or mung beans)
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 13 ounces (1 can) full-fat coconut milk
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil
  • cilantro
  • coconut milk yogurt


  1. Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Once melted, add turmeric, garam masala, ground mustard, cumin and coriander.
  2. Cook the spice in the oil until they become aromatic, about 2 minutes. Then add in the garlic and onion and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Add the sea salt, black pepper, carrots, cauliflower, basmati rice, red lentils, vegetable stock, coconut milk and bay leaves.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil. Once it has reached a boil, cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally in between. Discard the bay leaves.
  5. Add in chili oil and stir to combine.
  6. When ready to serve, place in bowls and top with cilantro, yogurt and extra chili oil.
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hr
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 1 dish (687g)
  • Calories: 614
  • Sugar: 14.4g
  • Sodium: 1670mg
  • Fat: 31.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 21g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 8.1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 74.1g
  • Fiber: 14g
  • Protein: 17.3g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Ayurvedic kitchari, kitchari recipe, kitchari cleanse