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Vegetarian Cooking Recipes

Khichari (Rice and Dal Risotto)

on November 29, 2020

Khichari is the classic Ayurvedic dish, and it is a one pot meal of rice and mung dal and spices. Addition of vegetables is a more recent thing to make wholesome meal. It is simple, easy to make and easy to digest, a complete source of protein. It’s also helps to purify digestion and cleanse systemic toxins.

According to Ayurveda try to avoid cook food in pressure cooker, when u cooking food in pressure cooker, food get dissolve but not cooked. All nutrition and vitamins are lost. So try to use unglazed clay pots, iron, brass or bronze utensils for cooking food. When cooking food in these kinds of utensils, food cooks slowly, thereby bringing out their natural flavors and preserved the all nutrition.

Here you can add in recipe onion and garlic but according to ancient Ayurveda onion and garlic classified as rajasic and tamasic, so not eating them every day but other day and so.


• Khichari Rice 1 Cup (Soaked for half an hour)

• Split Moong Dal with skin 1/4 Cup and without skin 1/4 cup (Soaked for half an hour)

• Ginger root 1 inch , chopped or grated

• Coriander powder ½ tsp.

• Cumin powder ½ tsp.

• Black Pepper 4-6 crushed

• Mustard seeds ½ tsp.

• Turmeric powder ½ tsp.

• Garam Masala ½ tsp. (Optional)

• Ghee or Cold pressed Oil 2 tsp.

•Hing (asafetida) Pinch (Optional)

• Handful of fresh cilantro leaves

• Spinach ½ cup

• Seasonal vegetables 1cup (Optional)

• Water 6 Cups (Approx.)

• Salt according to your taste


• Carefully pick over rice and dal to remove any stones.

• Wash both of them in at least 2 changes of water. Soak in water 20-30 minutes.

• In a pan, heat the ghee or oil on medium heat and add mustard seeds, once start to crackle, add hing, turmeric powder, grated ginger, cumin powder, crushed black pepper, coriander powder, garam masala sauté for 1 minute. (Add grated 2-3 cloves garlic if you like)

• Add the rice, dal and vegetables. Add 6 cups of water and salt.

• Bring to a boil, and then turn the heat to low.

• Cook for about 30 to 40 minutes or dal are soft and completely cooked.

• Add more water if you want a soupier consistency, and simmer little longer to get a thicker stew. Check seasoning.

• Serve with cilantro leaves, coconut and spinach, a drizzle of fresh lime juice or spoon of yogurt if you like, stir nicely and enjoy!!

According to Ayurveda our

• Food should be LIVING means straight from farm to kitchen, not go to a factory between. Nothing processed, tinned, packaged, bottled or canned, frozen.

• Food should be WHOLESOME means unprocessed and unrefined. e.g. wholegrain, rice etc.

PLANT-BASED food mean food should derived from plants and trees not from animals, means no meat, fish or eggs.

WATER RICH FOOD means our food should be juicy containing high amount of water e.g. fruits, vegetables, leafy greens etc.

Thus try to know your food and try to get back to eat what Mother Nature designed us to eat. And live a healthy, happy, disease free life.

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