This delicious Khichdi recipe is so healing! A traditional Ayurvedic “detox” meal made with mung beans (moong dal) or lentils and buckwheat (or brown rice) vegetables & soothing turmeric.  Restorative and cleansing. Vegan and GF.
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For centuries, all throughout India, Khichdi has been thought of as Ayurvedic comfort food, for its gentle cleansing and detoxing properties, which over time bring balance and wellness to the body.

It is a tradition in India to do a “cleanse” by eating this simple meal, 2-3 times a day, for 3-7 days. From simple, humble ingredients, this Indian Khichdi recipe has long been cherished in Ayurveda, for its ability to restore balance and bring healing to the body.

What is Khichdi?

In its traditional form, Khichdi consists of mung beans (moong dal)  or lentils, cooked with rice (or buckwheat), vegetables and mild Indian spices and can vary greatly depending on the region. It is considered one of the most healing meals in Ayurveda because it is tri-doshic; meaning it balances all three doshas. Very nourishing and mildly spiced ( but not bland)  it is easy digest.

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What you’ll need!

  • Mung beans or lentils – mung beans and lentils should be soaked for easy digestibility.
  • Toasted buckwheat- also known as Kashi, (or sub brown rice or other whole grain)
  • Cleansing vegetables: carrots, celery, fennel, cauliflower, broccoli or kale
  • Ginger, Garlic and Onion
  • Flavorful Indian spices and seeds– but used sparingly.
  • Olive oil or ghee– ghee is traditional and is easy to digest.

What I love about Khichdi!

It’s delicious, healthy, and satisfying without feeling too heavy. It gives me energy and stamina all day long, and I find at dinner time, I am less hungry and better able to make wiser decisions as far as what to eat and how much.

It’s easy to make a big batch and reheat it throughout the week for simple easy meals.

Doing a “cleanse” doesn’t have to be drastic. It doesn’t have to be expensive and you don’t have to starve. It can actually be a very a gentle,  holistic and energizing.  At least, that’s how I like to do it.

 

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Tips

In Ayurveda, it is believed that we should have our biggest meal of the day, when the sun is at its highest point–at lunchtime!

Try this with mung beans! Don’t let their diminutive size fool you– they are surprisingly packed full of protein and nutrients and the list of health benefits to the body is endless.

Soaking mung beans in water overnight will double their size (right side),  cut their cooking time in half and increase their digestibility. Sprouted mung beans are exceptionally good for you. For more on the super amazing power of mung beans….read this.

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How to make Khichdi

  1. Saute the onion in oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven for 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium add ginger and garlic, and saute a few minutes, until golden and fragrant.
  2. Add spices, pepper, salt and stirring, toast for a few more minutes. Add the soaked mung beans and buckwheat or soaked brown rice. Add water, broth and 2 cups of chopped veggies bring to a good boil. Cover. Turn heat to low, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Check for doneness.
  3. Continue cooking for 5 to 10 more minutes if necessary. Some rice takes longer, and if you do not pre-soak your whole mung beans, or brown rice, you will need to add more water, which will change the recipe proportions and flavor…so try to soak if possible.
  4. Once it is done, taste and adjust salt and seasonings. If you like a more “porridge-like” consistency, add more veggie broth.
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Serving Suggestions and Storage

Serve in bowls, and top with fresh diced tomato, fresh cilantro or parsley and a pinch of salt and pepper, a squeeze of lemon and a tiny drizzle of olive oil over the top of the tomatoes is nice too. Microgreens are always welcome too!

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Wherever this finds you, may you feel hopeful and excited about this coming New Year — open to the possibilities that haven’t even been imagined yet. Create a little space for the mystery to unfold without too many plans – a clear open field to let life show up in its own wise and perfect way.

Cheers and love. All the best to you this New Year!
Sylvia

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Budda Bowl- A cleansing ayurvedic recipe for khichadi made with sprouted mung beans and kashi... healing and detoxing | From Feasting at Home Blog

Khichdi Recipe

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home Blog
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main, vegan, gluten-free
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

A simple cleansing recipe for Khichdi ( or Khichuri)   -an Indian, comfort food from the Ayurvedic tradition that helps sooth and heal the body.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp whole mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds or ground cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala, more to taste
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon chili flakes (optional)
  • few twists of black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup dry split mung beans, split lentils (or use whole mung beans or whole lentils- soaked overnight)
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat (kashi) or (soaked, brown basmati rice)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup veggie broth
  • 23 cups chopped vegetables ( like carrot, parsnips, celery, fennel bulb, cauliflower, broccoli)
  • Optional Garnishes: cilantro or Italian parsley, lemon wedge, diced tomato for topping, microgreens, olive oil.

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, saute onion in oil over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium add ginger and garlic, and saute a few minutes, until golden and fragrant.
  2. Add all the spices, pepper, salt and toast for a few more minutes, stirring. Add soaked mung beans and buckwheat or soaked brown rice. Add water, broth and 2 cups chopped veggies bring to a good boil. Cover. Turn heat to low, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Check for doneness.
  3. Continue cooking for 5 to 10 more minutes if necessary. Some rice takes longer, and if you do not pre-soak your whole mung beans, or brown rice, you will need to add more water, which will change the recipe proportions and flavor…so try to soak if possible.
  4. Once it is done, taste and adjust salt and seasonings to your liking. *If you like a more “porridge-like” consistency, add more veggie broth.
  5. Spoon into bowls, top with fresh diced tomato , cilantro, and a pinch of salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil.

Notes

Soaking the beans (or lentils) helps with digestibility and also shortens the cooking time in half. I highly recommend soaking. 🙂 If using brown rice, make sure to pre-soak for a few hours or overnight to help shorten the cooking time.

If you prefer your khichdi more like a porridge (which is traditional in parts of India) feel free to add warm veggie broth to loosen to get it to the consistency you like.

Khichdi will keep up to 4 days in the refrigerator or can be placed in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ½ cups
  • Calories: 305
  • Sugar: 4.2 g
  • Sodium: 83.4 mg
  • Fat: 5.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55 g
  • Fiber: 11.5 g
  • Protein: 11.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Comments

  1. This was delicious, Sylvia. Thank you so much. I added a bit more ginger and topped with parsley, tomatoes, lemon and EVOO. So good,

  2. This is delicious! It’s like health in a bowl, thanks so much 🙂

    Excited to try the other recipes on your blog!






    1. Very delicious!!!

      Carb manager calculated 40 grs of carbs. I take insulin, so it was important for me to be sure of the macros. You may want to make a note of it for people like me with T1 diabetes.

      Also, I will definitely double the amount of spices for my taste.

      And question:
      Can I substitute the turmeric powder for fresh turmeric and if so, what is the quantity if grated?

      Thank your for an amazing recipe.






  3. This is delicious!! It’s like health in a bowl, thanks so much 🙂
    Excited to try the other recipes on your blog!






  4. Simple and healthy. I made breakfast using the recipe and found it great. Thank you for this simple and healthy detox recipe.






  5. This was delicious! I used soaked basmati rice and green split peas which gave a hearty texture along with the carrots, diced tomatoes, and broth. The olive oil and parsley on top with fresh tomatoes made this one of my favorites.






  6. Absolutely delicious! Thank you. I used white basmati rice to substitute the buckwheat and it tasted amazing. I loved how filling the food was without feeling overstuffed. I’ve cooked 3 recipes from your vegetarian recipes and I’ve got to say you’re a really good chef! Thank you. (:






  7. Hello Sylvia,

    I loved the recipe, so so good and comforting. Also can you tell me where you got this amazing blue plate you cooked the recipe in?
    Thanks Sylvia!






  8. I made this recipe carefully, following the instructions. The only things I omitted were the chili pepper and the cilantro/parsley (didn’t have any). It came out very bitter and unpleasant . I love Indian food, but this just did not work out well for me at all.
    But I still find many of your recipes both tasty and healthy; just not this one, this time.






    1. Oh no! I’m sorry. This is so strange. Was it bitter from the spices you think, or from the mung beans? I’m trying to rack my brain on what would have caused that.

  9. The whole family love this dish including our 11 year old, which fills me with delight! Really easy to prepare, incredibly tasty, and full of goodness. Thanks 😊






  10. I have had a bag of sprouted mungbeans in my cupboard for over a year now, not knowing what to do with them. This is an amazing recipe, it tasted so darn good!! I even added the pickeled onions on top with some cabbage!! OMG to die for!






  11. I made this last night using brown rice instead of buckwheat because it’s what I had on hand. I used carrots, parsnips and broccoli as my veggies, and I increased the curry powder by just a bit (heaping vs. flat teaspoon). It was exactly as you described: warm, cozy delicious and filling! I will be eating this for the next few days for a gentle cleanse.

    Quick heads up: using the recipe multiplier is helpful for the ingredients, but the instructions in step 2 say ‘add 2 cups of veggies’ rather than the 4 cups I prepared when making 2x the recipe.






  12. I use the organic California (brown) rice brand and it normally take 40 minutes, so unfortunately my rice was very underdone. Not sure the best method to get it just right.

    1. Hey Jenny, sorry about that. This is an older recipe that I’m reworking. I will add some notes for now. Appreciate you letting me know!

  13. such ap ki recipe me ghar ka swad hai and hotel jasi dono ka combinaton ka jawab nahi………Very Delicious! Love all those colors :)))

  14. Hi Sylvia,
    This looks tasty, and I already have most of the ingredients in my fridge and pantry, but I have no idea where to find mung beans. Perhaps an Asian grocery? Are they dried and bagged like other beans?
    Thanks!
    (P.S. I just noticed this is an old post but I’m hoping you might be able to help anyway.)

    1. Hi Jen, I find them in the bulk section ( dry) at my grocery store. Asian stores would probably have as well!

      1. You can also buy mung beans on Amazon.com as that’s where I buy them. I live in a very small Texas town & have to drive a ways to find all but the most common foods.

  15. This looks like a nice breakfast. I need a breakfast that will fill me up, but not weight me down. Currently finding either have fruit at 8.00am and am starving by 11am. Or if I have a heavier breakfast, the digestion process drains my energy and I am sleepy by 2pm. So desperately need something that will fill me up and give me energy.

    1. Well… I know ghee would taste better!! 🙂 Just keeping the recipe vegan, but feel free to substitute!

  16. I absolutely love everything about this post and recipe. These flavors and textures are a perfect jumpstart to the New Year, especially after the sugar filled holiday season!

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