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.
- 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