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    Spring Kitchari Recipe

    The Ayurveda Experience March 22, 2013

    Kitchari or Khichdi is a delicious, soup-like meal that’s both nourishing to the body and easy on the digestive system. A vegetarian ‘chicken soup’, if you will. This particular recipe is a perfect spring kitchari.

    This recipe is well-spiced and light. Once mastered, Khichri takes about twelve minutes of prep time, and 30 minutes of cooking time.

    Spring Kitchari Ingredients (Khichdi Ingredients)

    • 2 tbsp vegetable oil or ghee (clarified butter)
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds
    • 1 tsp coriander seeds
    • 1 tsp fennel seeds
    • 1 2-inch piece of ginger root, sliced
    • 2 tsp turmeric powder
    • 2 cups split yellow moong daal, soaked overnight in water
    • 2 cups greens of your choice (kale, dandelion, spinach)
    • 1 cup additional vegetables – we’ve used celery root (great for Vata dominant prakriti!) and burdock root (great for Pitta dominant prakriti)

    Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, shredded coconut, lime wedges, fennel powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt, and pepper


    Method Of Preparation

    In a large pot, warm the oil or ghee on medium heat. Add the cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds, the ginger root, and turmeric powder, and saute for 2-3 minutes, being careful not to burn the spices.

    Rinse and strain the soaked moong daal and add to the pot. Stir to coat the dahl with the spices. Add 3 cups of water, cover, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Then add the vegetables and cook another ten minutes. Your kitchari is ready.

    Makes 4 servings.

    Serve hot, with the toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

    Want an even quicker recipe? Try our Instant kitchari: 

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