Ayurveda Recipe: The Power of Kitchari

Calling all kapha and vatta dosha!

Have you been looking for your next go to meal?

We have you covered. Try kitchari!

Think of kitchari as the vegetarian equivalent of Grandma’s chicken soup, with much more fiber.

If your belly feels sluggish after too many treats, kitchari is an easy way to cleanse your digestion and restore freshness. Kitchari offers a true delight to both your body and senses.

To maximize the many benefits your will receive from kitchari, eat it for several meals in a row, such as lunch and dinner on the same day. It may just become addictive!


This kitchari is especially suited to Kapha and Vata dosha.


  • 4 leaves BAY LEAF
  • 1/2 tsp CINNAMON
  • 1/4 tsp CLOVES
  • 1 inch GINGER (FRESH)
  • 2 tbsp. OLIVE OIL
  • 1/4 tsp SALT (MINERAL SALT)
  • 4 c WATER

Preparation of this healthy recipe:

As easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. If using dried chick peas, soak the chick pea overnight and drain. Then, add 6c water and bring to a boil, scooping off any foam that forms on the top.

2. Strain out the liquid, and add another 4c of fresh water and return to a boil. Add the ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Cook for one hour.

3. Add rice and any remaining ingredients to broth. Stir. Cover and cook on low heat for 20-25 minutes or until grains are tender.


Don’t know your Ayurveda body type? No problem!

No need to stress if you don’t know whether you’re a kapha, vata, or pitta dosha.

Check out our recent blog, What Is Your Ayurveda Body Type?, to take the free quiz!



Meet your facilitator: Eleni Tsikrikas

Eleni discovered YOGA as a means for reducing stress in 1995 while practicing law in Sydney, Australia. Smitten, Eleni completed the Sydney Yoga Centre’s teacher training course. In 2000, Eleni quit the legal profession to teach Yoga full time. In 2004 Eleni moved to Los Angeles and began intensive study with Robert Birnberg a senior student in the T. Krichnamacharya lineage. The major focus of her studies is the “Yoga Sutras of Pantajali” the guidebook dedicated to creating a satvic mind.
Eleni is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, CAS, a Pancha Karma Specialist PKS. She runs a private ayurvedic practice and teaches “Ayurvedic Skills for Living” courses in Silverlake and Sydney. She is a faculty member of The Yoga Institute in Sydney and at California College of Ayurveda, where she teaches and mentors students. She continues to pursue her passion for herbs, studying with renowned herbalist KP Khalsa. Eleni has completed the educational component leading to qualifications as a Western Herbalist. She is presently working on the accreditation process for the American Herbalist Guild.
Eleni passionately believes food is medicine and is looking forward to sharing her passion at The Yoga Institute with a monthly Ayuveda Workshop.

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