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Learn How to Make Khitchari – Ayurvedic Cleanse Recipe

Learn How to Make Khitchari – An Ayurvedic Cleanse Recipe by Elaine Dodson, Ayurvedic Vegetarian Chef!

This Khitchari recipe is a total meal and be used alone. Great for a Spring cleanse. Recipe includes Rice, Beans, Vegetables, Ayurvedic Spices and more.

Khitchri – Rice, Dal, and Vegetables

This is a high protein rice, bean, and vegetable dish and can be served as a main course with raita, a yogurt salad.

When not feeling well, you can make this dish spicier for a more cleansing effect and eat only this as it is a full meal. Serves 4


  • 1 cup yellow mung dal, split peas, or whole mung beans*
  • 1½ cups basmati rice
  • ½ organic cauliflower, washed and separated into small florets
  • 4 red skin organic potatoes (or sweet potatoes), washed, peeled, & diced in small pieces
  • 4 medium organic tomatoes, washed and chopped small
  • 1 bunch organic greens, kale, collards or spinach, rinsed & chopped medium fine
  • 3 Tbsp organic ghee (or organic sunflower oil)
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp hing powder (asafoetida)
  • 2 fresh green serrano chilies, minced or finely chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated, minced or finely chopped
  • 7 cups purified water
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Earth Balance** (or butter)
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper


Rinse dal (beans) and rice together in a small holed colander. Let drain.
Rinse and chop ½ cauliflower, 4 tomatoes, 4 potatoes, and I bunch greens. Set aside.

Cooking Instructions:

For the chaunce (oil & spice mixture): Heat 3 Tbsp ghee (or organic sunflower oil) in a large saucepan on medium high until hot. Reduce heat and add 2 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp hing, 2 green chilies and 2 tsp fresh ginger. After they sizzle for a few seconds, put in ½ cauliflower and 4 potatoes. Turn vegetables with a wooden spoon gently for 4 – 5 minutes until they become flecked with brown spots.

Add drained 1 ½ cups rice and 1 cup dal. Stir-fry for one minute. Pour in 7 cups water. Add 2 tsp sea salt, 2 tsp turmeric, 2 tsp cumin powder, 4 tomatoes, and greens. Bring to a full boil over high heat.

Reduce heat to low. Cook with the pot partially covered for 30 to 40 minutes until dal is fully cooked and soft. (If using whole mung beans, cook 10 minutes more; split peas a little less. If using brown rice, cook an additional 20 minutes.) Stir once or twice in the beginning to prevent rice from sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Sprinkle 3 Tbsp lemon juice and add 2 Tbsp Earth Balance (or butter) on top. Simmer on low heat for a few minutes until grains have absorbed all liquid. Season with ½ tsp black pepper. Mix all ingredients gently but quickly with a fork.

*If using yellow mung dal or whole mung beans, recommend soaking in purified water overnight, just covering the beans

**Earth Balance is a low fat and healthy substitute for butter.

Ready for more low-fat, healthy, vegetarian Ayurvedic Recipes? Elaine’s cookbook Cooking for The Guru: A Karma Free Diet is available for purchase on her website and

The Secret to Healthy Skin and Hair

Learn the Secret to Healthy Skin and Hair

Use Organic Products for Beautiful Skin and HairToday the products that we put on our body and the food we put in our body is filled with chemicals.  These chemicals cause hair loss and dry skin to name a few of the issues.

Flat irons destroy your hair, chemical products create illness and most of the beauty products females and males use are usually 100% chemicals. You must understand that chemicals create illness.

A natural and organic beauty product line like Aveda is the cream de la cream creates wellness. Since I created the first all natural, organic day spas in the Southwest, utilizing all Aveda products I know what I am talking about here. Aveda uses the “Art and Science of Ayurveda” in everything they do.

As a beauty and Wellness Guru for 51 years, I have counseled, coached and recommended all natural, organic and holistic beauty products for your skin and hair to my clients. There is no comparison to Aveda products as far as their cleanliness, quality, and health benefits.

I use Aveda Products for all my clients because:

  • Aveda is Pure Flower and Plant Essences (Aromatherapy/Aromaology)
  • Creates beautiful shiny healthy hair
  • Amazing younger looking skin
  • Contains NO Chemicals – your hair and skin will NOT Dry out
  • No Harmful Side Effects that creates illness
You must “Go Back to Nature — Where Your True Nourishment Lies.”

It is also important that you understand that 98% of all Beauty and Wellness products on the market will harm you if used daily because of the excess chemicals.  “Natural” has become a big trend as people have become more health conscious. You still need to read the ingredients on the product because many beauty and wellness products could have one natural item in it, and so they call the entire product line natural, which isn’t the case in reality.

If you hair is thinning you can restore it. I recommend Aveda’s Invati – Shampoo, Conditioner, AND Scalp Therapy. Aveda has a choice of product lines to select from for your skin care type.

I am devoted to Beauty, Wellness and Regeneration. Visit to read more about my work. I do offer beauty and wellness consults as part of my work with clients. Email me today if you have any questions. Read more.