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Kitcheree is an Indian dish that is good for the digestive system.  A common Ayurvedic cleansing diet consists of eating some version of this recipe with veggies for one month for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It may be a cleansing meal, but it is also a delicious meal.  The traditional way of making kitcheree includes cooking the beans and rice together.  I like them separate – below is my version.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian / Ayurvedic


Ingredient List Mung Beans:

  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • 1 Tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mung beans
  • 4 cups water or broth
  • 8 ounces fresh spinach
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • red pepper flakes – optional for spice

Ingredient List Rice:

  • 1 1/2 cups of Brown Basmati Rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  • For the Mung Beans: Bring a medium pot to medium high heat and add the oil.  When hot, add onions and cook ~ 4-5 minutes or until translucent (reduce heat if necessary).  Add garlic and ginger and cook ~ 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.  Stir in cumin, turmeric, black pepper, and sea salt and cook 1-2 minutes, stirring.  Add mung beans and water or broth and cook ~ 30-35 minutes (or according to package instructions) or until beans are tender.  Remove from heat and fold in spinach and lemon juice.
  • For the Rice:  Combine all ingredients in a medium size pot.  Bring to a boil on the stovetop, reduce heat, and simmer covered ~ 45 minutes or until rice is tender (or cook rice according to package instructions).
  • Top rice with kitcheree.  Add sea salt to taste and top with red chili flakes to spice it up.  Happy Eating!  Beckie



  • This can all be made in one pot if you prefer.  Proportions stay the same.
  • Add more water or broth if a thinner consistency is desired for the mung beans.


Things In My Kitchen:

  • Organic Mung Beans – You may also be able to find these at your local grocery store.
  • Kitcheree Spice Mix – Don’t want to mess with the spices?  Buy this spices in a pre-mixed packet.

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Keywords: Ayurvedic, Mung Beans, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Beans

Rating: 5

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This is absolutely delicious. I make it often and have used both whole and split mung beans – I prefer the split. So easy and wonderful flavor.

Rating: 5

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