A Collection of 22 or So Kitchari Recipes

Buttery Steamed Kitchari

Kitchari is one of the most well known recipes outside of India amongst people intent on keeping healthy and eating healthily. It is really a simple dish based on rice cooked with lentils, although variations on this theme exist. The simplest is the highly flavoursome Parsi version, and the Bengalis, who adore kitchari, take it to spice heaven by layering different flavours using a dozen or so spices.

Kitchari can be cooked with long grain or short grain rice, resulting in different dishes. Basmati rice is preferred by Ayurveda and other practitioners, due to its digestibility. Long grain rice is also the rice of choice in the North of India. The kitchari is quite loose and open, not unlike a pilaf.

In the South, short and medium grained rices are used for Pongal and other variations on Kitchari. This means that the dish is more porridge-like than pilaf-like.

Kitchari can be made thick or soupy. The ratio of lentils to rice can be adjusted to suit your mood, the season and your health. Also, the lentils can be toasted before cooking to make it warming for the body, good for the Winter months.

All styles are delicious, comforting and very nourishing. It is a dish that you return to again and again when feeling overwrought, tired, anxious or unwell. It lightens the body and lifts the spirits.

Please enjoy these different kitchari dishes. Note that kitchari can be spelled a dozen different ways throughout India, and beyond. There are many English alternate spellings — kitchari, kitchadi, khichdi, kitchari, khichri, khichdee, khichadi, khichuri, khichari, kitcheree, kitchree, khichdi,  and many other variants, and each Indian language has it’s own variation e.g. Hindi खिचड़ी khicṛī, Urdu: کھچڑی‎ khicṛī, Oriya: ଖେଚେଡ଼ି khecheṛi, Bengali: খিচুড়ী khichuṛi, Gujarati: ખીચડી khichḍi. And more….

Other Collections include:

Parsi Kitchari

Parsi Kitchari

Norom Shada Khichuri | Latka Kitchari | Bengali Soft Kitchari

Norom Shada Kitchuri | Latka Kitchari |

Bhuna Khichuri | Bengali 5 Lentil Kitchari with Toasted Mung Dal

Bhuna Khichuri | Bengali 5 Lentil Kitchari

Bengali Vegetable Khichuri | Bengali Kitchari

Bengali Vegetable Khichuri

Bengali 14 Spice Kitchari | Bhog Khichuri

Bengali Kitchari

Masoor Sprouts Kitchari | Maharashtrian Kitchari

Masoor Sprouts Rice - Maharashtrian Kitchari

Aromatic Gujarati Kitchari

An Aromatic Gujarati Kitchari

Moth Bean Kitchari | Matki Khichuri

Moth Bean Kitchari | Matki Khichuri

Buttery Steamed Kitchari

Buttery Steamed Kitchari

Urad Dal and Red Rice Kitchari

Urad and Red Rice Kitchari


Bisi Bele Huriyanna

Bisi Bele Huriyanna

Goan Bisibelebath



Sweet Pongal with Milk

Sakkarai Pongal

Sweet Pongal without Milk

Sakkarai Pongal | Sweet Pongal

Sweet Pongal without Milk

Kitchari | South Indian | Dessert | Vegetarian | A Life Time of Cooking

Ven Pongal

Ven Pongal

Pulagam | Telegu Ven Pongal | Ghee Pongal

Pulagam | Telegu Ven Pongal / Kitchari

Other Kitchari Recipes

Moraiya Kitchari with Yoghurt

Moraiya Kitchari

Moraiya Kitchari

Moraiya Kitchari

Subudana Kitchari with Potatoes and Peanuts | Sago Khichuri

Sabudana Kitchari | Sago Kitchari

Cauliflower, Mung Bean and Broken Wheat Kitchari

Roasted Cauliflower and Cracked Wheat Kitchari

Soupy Cracked Wheat and Mung Kitchari

Cracked Wheat and Mung Dal Kitchari

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