Food For Yoga & Meditation – How To Make Vegetarian Kicheree

Kicharee is a dish from India that is used traditionally to bring sick people back to health. The reason for this is that it is so full of nutrients and is so easily digestible.

It is also prized by those who  practice daily meditation. Try it; you’ll feel calmer. You can survive on this food.



I use organic whenever I can. You’ll need:

  • 4 cups brown rice
  • 4 cups mung beans
  • 2 vegetables (in this video I use a bunch of kale and 6 carrots)
  • seaweed
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 3 medium onions
  • large handful of ginger
  • 3 bulbs of garlic (YES, bulbs!)
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander seed
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp crushed red chili peppers
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

You’ll need 2 pots, a large 3 gallon pot to start the beans and another smaller one just for the rice.

First thoroughly wash the beans and rice. Start by putting the beans in a container and pour water into it until they are covered. Hold a large quantity of the beans between your hands under the water and rub your hands together. Continue until all have had a scrubbing. Rinse and strain a few times until the rinse water is clear. Repeat the process for the rice.

Now soak the mung beans and rice overnight in water. This not absolutely necessary but the germination process will release more of their nutrition by reducing a plant compound called phytate which binds minerals.

Rinse the beans a final time and put them in the large pot. Cover the beans with water and bring the water to a boil. Rinse the rice and add them to the smaller pot. Add 6 cups of water (1 3/4 cups of water for each cup of rice). If you have opted not to soak the rice you will need more water, 2 cups per cup of rice. Bring the rice water to a boil and keep an eye on the rice. As the rice cooks it will absorb water. As they become fully cooked there will be no water left. You will have to turn the heat off at the right moment in order not to burn the rice.

Now add 2 heaping tbsps of sea salt to the beans. Add a quantity of seaweed. Chop and dice the onions and add them too. Chop and add your two vegetables.

With a knife remove the peel on the ginger. Chop and mince it. Add it to the beans. Now add the coriander seed and powder, cumin, turmeric, curry powder, chili peppers and black pepper. Make sure that water level in the pot covers all the veggies. If not, add more.

Peel, crush and mince the garlic. Save it for the end. We do not want to cook the garlic.

By now both the bean mixture and rice should be thoroughly cooked. Turn off the heat and add the rice to the beans. Add the minced garlic and mix.

Dinner is served!  I like to eat this meal with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Enjoy!




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About Dev Khalsa

Welcome my friend! My name is Dev Sarang Khalsa and I am a visionary scientist, yogi, master kinesiologist and entrepreneur. I have a passion for following the path of the heart.

One Comment

  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe along with the information!
    All Blessing Good to you.

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