Dosha Balancing Kitchari Recipe

Try out this recipe to balance your Ayruvedic dosha

Credits: Aunna Pourang, MD
Edited By:
Raja Sivamani , MD, MS, AP

Kitchari is a delicious, tridoshic-balancing and nourishing dish. It is often used for fasts and cleanses in Ayurveda.



1/2 cup basmati rice 

1 cup mung dal (split yellow or can use mung beans) 

Approximately 6 cups water 

1 inch ginger root, grated 

1/4 tsp. salt

2 tsp. ghee 

1/2 tsp. coriander powder

1/2 tsp. cumin powder 

1/2 tsp. fennel

1/2 tsp. turmeric powder 

1 pinch asafetida (hing) 

Handful of fresh cilantro leaves 

1.5 cups assorted vegetables, chopped - pick vegetables that are the best for your dosha.

Carrots, zucchini, green beans are some examples of vegetables that taste good in kitchari.

Vegetables with ginger and spices for ktichari recipe 


  1. Wash the rice and daal
  2. Add the 6 cups of water to the rice and dal and cook covered until soft, about 20 minutes
  3. Add the vegetables to the cooked rice and dal mixture and cook for an additional 10 minutes
  4. In a separate saucepan, sauté the seeds in the ghee until they pop; then add the other spices and stir together
  5. Stir the sautéed spices into the cooked dal, rice, and vegetable mixture
  6. Add the salt and chopped fresh cilantro and serve

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