Kitchari is the ultimate Indian comfort food. It is super simple to make. Simply boil lentils and rice and season with spiced. Kitchari is also low in fat and high in immunity boosting spices. My go-to Kitchari is spiced with cumin seeds, fresh ginger and turmeric which boosts immunity and aides with digestion. This is a great meal to make when you have low energy or an unset stomach.
Cumin seeds help digestion, are a good source of iron, and help lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and is proven to prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and cancer. Additionally, turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and also helps improve symptoms of depression and arthritis.
Fresh Ginger is an anti-inflammatory as it reduces gas, aides in digestion and kill rhinoviruses which causes colds.Print
A lentil and rice porridge flavored with immunity boosting ingredients like turmeric and ginger.
- 1 cup split mung beans (yellow mung beans), rinsed and soaked
- 1 cups basmati rice, rinsed and soaked
- 1 tbsp oil or ghee
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger, minced
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 cups water
- Place rice and lentil in a bowl and thoroughly rinse and leave to soak for at least 30 minutes.
- While the rice and lentils are soaking, mince ginger.
- Heat up oil in a large pot.
- Add the cumins until they being to sputter.
- Add the soaked lentils and rice mixture along with water, salt, turmeric and ginger to the large pot
- Cover the pot and let cook for 30 minutes.
- Keep an eye on the pot to see if more water is needed.
Kitchari is made differently in every household. It can be adapted to include chopped vegetables and other spices. The consistency can be loose and wet or thick and rich. I enjoy eating Kitchari with plain yogurt.