questions, comments & reviews
(4.83 out of 5 stars) 6 reviews
So 3 cups of water to start the beans? Are they still boiling as we add the spice paste? Do you make the paste just by adding water to them? Ginger, chopped finely?
- Andrew Keeler, New haven, CT, 10-14-11
So no garlic or onion? Why?
- liza, Delray beach, FL, 06-30-12
I put plaintains In my kitchari, hope that's okay because so yummy.
- liza, Delray beach, FL, 06-30-12
I have never tried Kitchari but always wanted to! I am mainly Vata so would I make this without the mung beans? Thanks! :)
- Terri Turner, Bossier , LA, 08-05-12
There are many variations of kitchari. Your suggestions are good ones. Adding cooked garlic and onion can help sedate Vata.
Plantains could create a food combination for weak digestion. If your intent is to enjoy kitchari and you can digest it, plantains are an exciting variation. Otherwise, if you are using kitchari to cleanse, I would stick with the simpler version presented here. If you find you need some variety, try adding carrots, kale, or coconut flakes.
Mung beans are easier to digest than most other beans. Unless your digestion is very weak, most Vata types can handle split mung dal. The spices also help. Vata people should include the mung beans in this recipe.
Thank you everybody for your comments, questions, and suggestions.
Are the ingredients in this recipe tylically available in local grocoery stores, or do I need to go to a specialty store? Thanks!
- Lia Rhodes, 01-16-13
Plantain is Vata aggravating, so the addition in this recipe would defeat the purpose of this particular Kitchari. ~*~
I love kitchari! For my Vata-Pitta constitution I usually make it with some green peas, but also with other veggies (onions, carrots, cauliflower etc)when my digestion is strong. I find it very comforting, thank you for the recipe and useful information!
If I don't digest dairy well, is coconut oil a useful substitute for ghee?
How can I make this Kitchari recipe more Kapha friendly?
- Amanda Leipold, Coral gables, FL, 01-23-13
Love your recipe for kitchari, John. Freshly grated coconut or coconut milk made from freshly grated coconut would be a great addition to the recipe. I give it 5 stars!
yummmy ...i have kitchari at least three times a week. love love love
My husband has an allergy to cumin. Because it is an assertive spice, one notices it's absence! Do you have a recommendation for an alternate spice? (coriander and cilantro are also OUT). Thank you so much.
- Bettina Jones, Harrington park, NJ, 01-23-13
Is there a slow cooker version? Can I just add everything to a slower cooker without frying the spices I find frying spices make them dark and unappetizing . Thanks for the recipie can't wait o try it.
Are there other vegetables that can be added to the kitchari? I have a Kapha-Pitta constitution, so need specifics. Thank you!
- Bhairavi Gabrielle Jones, CA, 01-23-13
I find the taste and smell of hing to be very offensive. Is this unusual? Also, can I just leave it out of the recipe? thanks.
- Liz, Charlotte, NC, 01-23-13
- Christine - Yes, coconut oil is a good substitute for ghee.
- Amanda - The less ghee you use, the more Kapha friendly. Also, check out the Kapha kitchari recipe on the website.
- Bettina - You can pick your favorite spices - black cumin, fennel, mustard seed, etc.
- Peach - Yes, you can add everything to a slow cooker. If the spices turn dark you're frying them too long. Try frying them for ten seconds only.
- Bharavi - I offer some specific ideas for modifying the recipe above. Thanks for asking!
- Liz, - Yes, you can leave it out / modify the recipe.
I have a Pitta constitution by my Ayurvedic practitioner says my Vata is high. Should I use this Vata pacifying recipe? Will this aggravate my Pitta? Thanks for you help. I am new to Ayurveda, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
- Jackie, 01-25-13
There is no fiber in Kichari unless you put vegetables in it. This is not a good way to cleanse if you have deep seated ama in colon. If one is strong enough it is best to fast on water or vegetables. Can also take with pysillium husk.
- Jeff Mace, 01-28-13
Mung beans actually have *alot* of fiber - producing nice, satisfying lincoln log poops. Check it out!
Your recipe does not specify but I am assuming the ajwain (caraway) and hing (fennel) are in powder form not seed?
- Jennifer, NV, 02-03-13
Dear Jenn, Caraway and ajwain are different spices. I usually use the whole ajwain seed. Hing is also different from fennel. Hing is made from a resin and never appears in seed form. Thanks for asking! Warm Regards,
Can you please tell me if one would use brown basmati rice or white - does it make a difference? Also, when using as a cleansing, how much should you eat per day?
- Peggy Watson, Placentia, CA, 02-28-13
I am trying to make kitchari in my crock pot, and each attempt fails since the dal won't cook! I am using the split, shelled yellow mung dal. The first time I just put the rice and dal (with water and spices) in the crockpot, cooked all day, dal hard as a rock. The second time, I soaked rice and dal all day, then cooked on low all night. Dal still not cooked fully. I've tried 2 different crockpots, so it's not the pot. Any thoughts? I made some kitchari on top of the stove from the same batch of dal a few weeks back and it seemed fine. Crockpot would make my life easier. Thanks.
- Helen Gatling-Austin, 03-03-13
Dear Helen, Make sure the dal is completely cooked before you add the rice. Otherwise the rice will soak up all the water and the dal will remain hard.
Dear Peggy, You can make kitchari with brown or white rice. You can eat until your stomach is satisfied.
An Ayurvedic practitioner told me that whole mung beans are better to be used in Kitchari because it is less constipating. I found various sources online that argue both. Which is your opinion?
- andrea nicole, Montebello, CA, 03-23-13