Healing Ayurvedic Moong Dal

Vegan and gluten free moong dal and rice kitchari recipe. Perfect healing ayurvedic meal. | For Animals For Earth

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I came across this recipe from Real + Vibrant.  It’s an Indian dish that you can use if you’re feeling under the weather.  Or easily add this as a side dish to get a boost of protein, fiber and iron into your meal.

Simple idea: try moong dal the next time you're feeling under the weather

Why I Love This:

  • It’s naturally vegan & gluten free
  • It’s quick & super easy
  • It’s cheap
  • It’s good for us
  • Perfect for a warm & cozy night


  • 1 cup moong dal, split mung beans
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger, or a pinch of ground ginger powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For Garnish:

  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • lemon juice to taste
  • salt to taste


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the rice and moong dal. Pour enough water to cover the mixture and soak for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, pour the mixture into a fine mesh strainer and rinse with cold water until it runs clear.
  2. Warm the oil on medium-low heat in a medium pot.  Let it cook for about a minute until it becomes fragrant.
  3. Add the rice and dal mixture into the pot.
  4. Add the ginger and ground turmeric.
  5. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
  6. Cook for another minute (add a little oil if needed).
  7. Add the 8 cups of water.
  8. Increase the heat to medium-high to bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Turn the heat down immediately to a gentle simmer.
  9. Simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally until you get a porridge-like consistency. It should be soft and creamy.  Taste the kitchari to make sure the texture is soft. If not, you may need to let it cook a little longer.
  10. Turn off the heat, add the lemon juice and parsley, and adjust the seasoning, if needed, and stir again.
  11. Serve or cool down completely and refrigerate in a sealed container for 3 days.

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Gluten free vegan moong dal and rice kitchari recipe. Perfect healing ayurvedic meal. | For Animals For Earth

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