Kitchurri: Healing Stew

This is an ancient Ayurvedic stew that is great to help soothe troubled digestion. It is so easy to digest, warming, and nutritious.

Time: 40 mins including cook time
Serves: 2-4 people


  • 3 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds or powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds or powder
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • Ghee, butter, or olive oil
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 6 c water or vegetable broth
  • 1 c brown basmati rice, rinsed and drained a few times (soaked for 2-6 hours prior)
  • 1 c small red lentils (soaked for 2-6 hours prior)
  • Optional veggies: diced carrots, brussel sprouts, chard, sweet potato, kale, celery, mushrooms, spinach, etc… the  more the merrier!
  • Optional fresh herb garnishes: cilantro, basil, parsley


1. Sauté the mustard seeds in the oil or ghee until they pop. Then, add the cumin, turmeric, coriander, fennel seeds and cook for 1 minute.

2. Add the drained lentils, drained rice and salt. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Add water, bring to boil, then simmer covered for 30 minutes or until the mixture is about 2/„3 cooked (some water remaining on the bottom of the pot).

3. Prepare any vegetables you/€™d like to add. Add them to the pot.

4. Stir to mix, adding extra water if required. Bring back to a boil, then simmer for another 10-20 minutes or until rice is fully cooked and the water is completely absorbed.

5. Salt to taste. Serve with a little extra ghee and fresh herbs.


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