This healing coconut milk kitchari is a healthy and delicious vegan ayurvedic recipe! I’ve tried making a few different recipes for kitchari – and this one is by far my favorite. I love how rich and yummy the kitchari turns out and how comforting it is to eat.
This ayuvedic kitchari recipe is the perfect meal for lunch or dinner, its filling enough without being too much. I also love how the spices transform when they are gently sautéed in the pan. I know a lot of recipes always say to toast seeds/nuts before using, but I’m always amazed at how the flavors really pop in the dish.
This Coconut Milk Kitchari is:
I’ve been reading so much about Ayurveda and how small and simple food and lifestyle changes can make a big impact. I now do tongue scraping and coconut oil massage (abhyanga) in the morning, and the later is especially helpful for dry skin in the winter!
Adding this kitchari to my recipe roundup is great for those weeks when I’ve overindulged a little too much and want something light, healing, and comforting for lunch or dinner.
Whats In This Healing Kitchari Recipe?
- Split Mung Dahl: I used this organic mung dahl here.
- Coconut Oil: I like this organic coconut oil, which is great for cooking, baking, or moisturizing my skin! This one is a great quality and value for the price.
- Coriander Seeds: I get whole seeds and then ground them with a mortar and pestle – much fresher than pre-grond.
- Black Mustard Seeds: Also I get these whole seeds, which I can ground myself.
- Cumin Seeds
- Fresh Ginger Root
- Coconut Milk: you can use traditional unsweetened coconut milk, or a coconut milk powder! I just bought a bag of this Anthony’s oganic coconut milk powder and it’s awesome in soups, smoothies, or curries!
- Tomatoes: I always use a no salt added variety. Muir Glen Organic are my go-to tomatoes.
- Basmati Rice: our favorite rice! I have a few bags of Royal brand in my pantry at all times, we go through a lot of basmati.
- Vegetable Stock: homemade if I have some, if not I like this Better Than Boullion vegetable base, which is yummy and low in sodium.
- Vegetables of your choice, to suit your dosha
This healthy and vibrant kitchari recipe is great with garlic naan, and I love that you can change up the vegetables seasonally if needed. I used butternut squash, tomatoes, and peas since that is what I had in the fridge, but use anything that you body loves!
You can also change the oil used in cooking – I like coconut oil and coconut milk in my kitchari (as it pacifies vata) but you can use a few drops of sesame oil or water for the stock instead.
One of the BEST Pantry Staple Dinner Recipes
This Ayurvedic kitchari recipe is a fantastic pantry-staple meal! It uses almost all ingredients you would have in your dry pantry or cupboards. You probably already have a lot of these ingredients on hand! Keeping a well-stocked pantry makes it easy to come up with delicious and healthy meals using a few staples you can rotate. I made a list of my Top 125 Plant-Based Pantry Staples that always keep on hand. And you can check out all my favorite pantry staple recipes on TheHerbeevore.com here. By stocking up on healthy whole ingredients you can cook delicious recipes without a trip to the store!
What Do I Serve with this Kitchari?
It depends on your preferences, but I love to pair my warming kitchari with:
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Healing Coconut Milk Kitchari (Vegan, Gluten Free, Ayurvedic Recipe)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger root
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 cup split mung dal soaked and rinsed
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 6 cups water or low sodium vegetable stock
- 1/2 cup coconut milk full fat
- 4 cups vegetables of your choice I used butternut squash, tomatoes, and peas
- Himalayan Sea Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Fresh chopped cilantro for garnish optional
- In a large pot, turn heat to low and melt coconut oil. Add the coriander seeds, black mustard seeds, and cumin seeds and gently sauté until the seeds begin to pop and release their flavors - about 5 minutes.
- Add the fresh ginger root and turmeric and stir, cook for 1 additional minute.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and stir to combine. Cover and simmer on low for 45 minutes, taking care to stir occasionally so the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom and the kitchari becomes thick.
- Serve warm and garnish with fresh cilantro, if using.
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