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Updated: Mar 6, 2022

Kitchari means mixture, usually of two grains.

After the shatkarma, cleansing exercises, Kitchari is required.

It is the preferred food to use when fasting on a mono-fast or while going through cleansing programs such as panchakarma.


  • Basmati rice and mung dal together create a balanced food that is a good protein combination and is tridoshic.

  • This complete food is particularly healthful and easy to digest and gives strength and vitality.

  • It nourishes all the tissues of the body.

  • Kitchari is excellent for detoxification and de-aging of the cells.

  • Very good if you have fever, diarrhea or any kind of problem.


  • 1/2 cup basmati rice

  • 1 cup mung dal (split yellow)

  • 6 cups (approx.) water

  • A bit of mineral salt (1/4 tsp. or so)

  • 2 tea spoon ghee


  1. Carefully pick over rice and dal to remove any stones

  2. Wash each separately in at least 2 changes of water

  3. Add the 6 cups of salty water to the rice and dal together and cook covered until it becomes soft, about 20 minutes (slow fire)

  4. While your kitchari get ready, keep it on the plate, and add the ghee

Suggestion for the quantity of the ghee:

  • For the complete cleansing of intestines (shankha prakshalana), use 3 or 4 tea spoon the first time

  • 2nd time, you can reduce to 2 spoons

  • 3rd time, 1 or 2 spoons

  • After vaman dhauti (vomiting), use 1 or 2 tsp


  • For Kapha conditions: add a pinch of ginger powder, and black pepper.

  • For Pitta: add green coriander and a pinch of mint.

  • For Vata: add a pinch of ginger powder, and cumin seeds.

  • For daily routine, you can add to this recipe some green vegetables, onion, asafetida

Enjoy it,


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