The main ingredient in this good-for-you savory porridge is yellow mung dal, split mung beans that break down and thicken as they cook.


Credit: Emily Kate Roemer

Recipe Summary

35 mins
1 hr 40 mins


For the Cilantro-Coconut Chutney
For the Kitchari


Instructions Checklist
  • Make the coconut-cilantro chutney: Place everything in a food processor or blender with 3 tablespoons cold water. Process to a paste. Chutney will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, though it will lose its vibrant color.

  • Make the kitchari: Rinse dal and rice in several changes of water until water runs clear. Drain and set aside.

  • In a large pot, heat ghee over medium-high. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and fennel seeds and cook, stirring, until mustard seeds pop, 1 to 2 minutes. Add remaining spices and ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add dal and rice mixture, 10 cups water, salt, and vegetables. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer partially covered, stirring occasionally, until most of the water is absorbed and the rice and vegetables are tender, about 1 hour. Serve with chutney.

Cook's Notes

Several important minerals are removed in the refining process of traditional table salt. For maximum health benefits, use a mineral salt such as Celtic Sea Salt or Real Salt -- both can be found at most health food stores.