Healthy Ayurveda Vegan Quinoa Kitchari Recipe (Organic, Vegan & Vegetarian)
Kitchari is the Indian Ayurvedic cleansing and healing food. It's a wholesome, nourishing dish especially for those who want to detox and want weight loss, yet also want to feel sufficiently fueled. If you don’t have organic ingredients you may use regular fresh ingredients.
½ cup red lentils (daal)
½ cup mung lentils (daal / or yellow split)
4 cups of water or vegetable broth (use 2 more cups water if you don’t have it)
2 Tbsp. organic coconut oil
Spices- Dry Coriander powder, whole cumin, whole mustard seeds, turmeric and mineral rich Himalayan pink salt for taste
Wash and drain the lentils, peas, dal and quinoa
Wash and Chop all veggies in to small bite sizes.
Heat the coconut oil and sauté mustard seeds in a wok or pan until they pop. Add broth/water, mung dal & quinoa and spices. Bring to boil and then let simmer for 20 min. or until soft.
Stir in the fresh lemon juice, green veggies and lentils just before the quinoa and mung dhal are done, add salt and cilantro. Ayurvedic Tip: Add a pinch of ginger if you feel stressed, aggravated, burned out or nervous. In Ayurveda coconut oil is seen as a cooling food, so if you are a quiet “heated” person, you might feel this will do you good.
If you are feeling a bit ‘cooler’, you're a thinner in frame and need some soothing and calming nourishment, use ayurvedic oragnic ghee (non-vegan) or sesame oil. All variations taste absolutely fantastic.
Serve hot and you can add extra ghee (non -vegan) to show some self love :)
GP Lail, BSc BEd MA, Founder, Prajna Wellness
Dr. Deepak Chopra Center Certified Perfect Health Teacher, Ayurvedic Life Style, Integrative Nutrition and Mind Body Wellness Counsellor.
Membership, association and affiliation:
Ayurveda Counsellor at Ayurveda Association Of Canada
Accredited Health & Nutrition Practitioner at
C.A.I.N. - The Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition