Khichari - food to nourish the soul

Many years ago now I enjoyed an Indian cooking class with the beautiful Madhu at Ma Indian Cooking - the food was amazing (all vegetarian) and her story and passion were infectious. If you are in Sydney and are looking for a great class to attend please check her out, you will not be sorry!

It's funny how someone can have an impact on you in a really small amount of time. Her story helped to inspire me to follow my dreams of becoming a Naturopath (so pretty big!!).

Food has such a powerful effect and why we often talk about food as medicine - it can nourish and comfort us. Madhu has kindly shared with us her recipe for Kitchari - a healthy and very easy to digest dish that is perfect when we are feeling a little run down (think chicken soup) and need that little hug from a bowl.




• Rice- 1 cup

• Split green mong dal- 1⁄2 cup


• Onion- 1 (chopped)

• Tomato- 2 (chopped)

• Fresh chilli- 1 (chopped)

• Ginger- 2 tsp (crushed)

• Mixed vegetables- 1 cup

• Water- 6 cups

• Oil/ghee- 3 Tbsp


• Salt- 1 tsp

• Turmeric pwd- 1⁄2 tsp

• Chilli pwd- 1⁄2 tsp

• Coriander pwd- 1 tsp

• Garam masala- 1⁄2 tsp

• Cumin seeds- 1tsp

• Brown cardamom- 1

• Black peppercorns- 5

• Cinnamon stick- 2 inch

• Cloves- 3


1. Mix the rice and lentil in a bowl. Wash and drain 2-3 times in tap water and set aside.

2. In a large heavy based saucepan heat the oil and add cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, brown cardamom, cloves and peppercorns. Leave for about 5 seconds till fragrant.

3. Add onion, ginger & fresh chilli and cook for 2 minutes.

4. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes. Then mix in the mixed vegetables.

5. Add salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder & garam masala and stir well.

6. Pour water into the saucepan and give a stir.

7. Stir in drained rice and dal, and bring to boil.

8. Cover, and cook on low heat, until the khichari is ready in about 25 minutes (if cooking in the pressure cooker then about 5 minutes on low heat after the first whistle)

9. Sprinkle some garam masala and serve with lime pickle and plain yoghurt. This is a delicious convalescence food.

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