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In a Rush? Try 10 Minute Ayurvedic Lunch: Thermos Kitchari

By on September 6, 2016

Kitchari is a dietary staple consisting of rice and lentils or pulses. The twist on this recipe is that we are preparing it in ten minutes using a thermos! You’ll be amazed how easy it is to make a quick, hot, nutritious lunch for not only you, but your whole family. This is also a great recipe to pack for your child’s lunch!

Yields: two 12-oz. thermos meals
Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • ¼ cup yellow mung dhal (washed and soaked)
  • ¼ cup basmati rice (washed and soaked)
    Tip: soak the rice and dhal overnight in warm water and one tsp. of yogurt, which makes it a bit easier to cook and digest.
  • 1-1.5 cup of fresh vegetables
    Try green beans or zucchini and carrots, but any seasonal vegetable will do as long as it is fresh.
  • ½ inch piece ginger root, finely shredded
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp. ghee
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2¼ cups water
    Add more water for soupy kitchari.
  • Insulated stainless steel thermos, 12 oz. or larger


  1. Strain and rinse rice and dhal.
  2. Melt the ghee in a large saucepan on medium heat. When it is hot but not smoking, add the cumin seeds.
  3. After the cumin seeds turn brown, add the shredded ginger. Add some freshly-ground black pepper. Stir quickly.
  4. Add the rice and mung dhal. Add the water and bring to a boil
  5. Boil vigorously uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the vegetables to the mixture. Boil uncovered for an additional 2.5 minutes.
  7. Add salt to taste.
  8. Using a large serving spoon, pour the entire mixture into an insulated thermos and quickly close the lid. (Tip: pour the mixture into the thermos over the sink, as turmeric will stain.)
  9. Pack the thermos lunch with your belongings for work, or send it with your child to school. Open the thermos about four hours later and enjoy your freshly-cooked hot meal – it will taste like it just came off your stove!

The original idea for this recipe came from Dr. Stuart Rothenberg of Veda Associates in Bethesda, Maryland, Maharishi Veda and the Maharishi Ayurveda Association of America Integrative Ayurveda Medical Education.

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