Vata Soothing Kichari for a Smooth Transition to Autumn

Kitchari is a perfect food and during the autumn seasonal transition—it is food as medicine at its best. Kichari has the qualities that balance Vata—warm, moist, grounding and soothing. You can tweak this recipe to suit your doshic picture. Serve with roasted winter squash, drizzled with ghee and your sweet churna. You will be in heaven.


  • 1 cup white basmati rice

  • ½ cup organic yellow split mung bean

  • 4 cups water

  • 3 tablespoons ghee

  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed

  • 1+ teaspoon fresh grated ginger

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • 2 pinches hing (asafoetida)

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric

Adjust recipe amounts and feed your family and friends.


Wash rice and mung dal and soak for 1-3 hours or even overnight. Drain soak water. Rinse well.

In a pot, warm ghee. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and ginger root (Kapha may use dry ginger powder), and sauté for a minute. Add basmati rice and mung beans and bathe with the ghee and spices. Then add 4+ cups of water and bring to a boil.

Once the kitchari bois, add salt, hing, turmeric, and other spices that suit you. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until everything is very tender, down right mushy. (Depends on the elevation where you live, stove, pot, etc. but about 30-45 minutes.)

Add more water to prevent scorching as needed. The consistency may range from vegetable stew to medicinally mushy yumminess.

Garnish with fresh cilantro and add salt to taste. You may add a little chutney to make it even tastier. Interested in easy homemade healing chutney recipes? Stay tuned.

Culinary Tweaks:

  • Add extra salt and black pepper for taste and additional spice to strengthen agni—digestive fire.

  • Steamed vegetables are a great vata balancing choice for side dishes, or you can have avocado with a little salt and lemon or, baked winter squash with your Saumya Sweet Spice Mix.

  • For an alternative dal, you can substitute yellow mung dal for creamy urad dal. Urad dal is sweet, heavy, unctuous, and slightly heating, which is excellent for vata.

  • Pitt types-look to your Food Program for tweaking or use the Pitta Kichari Recipe. We don’t want to add to much heat as it is still warm in most locations.

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