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Kitchari with Cauliflower & Peas

This nourishing dish resembles risotto in texture. If you don't have ghee, you can substitute regular butter.



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2 Tbs. plus 1 & ½ tsp. ghee, divided
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½ tsp. minced fresh ginger
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1 tsp. cumin seeds
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2 cups cauliflower florets
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½ cup basmati rice, rinsed
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⅓ cup split mung beans
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¾ tsp. turmeric
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½ cup frozen baby peas, defrosted
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1 tsp. salt


1. Heat 2 Tbs. ghee in saucepan over medium-high heat. When ghee is hot, stir in ginger and cumin seeds. Fry cumin seeds a few seconds, then add cauliflower, and stir-fry 4 minutes, until cauliflower is slightly browned and partially cooked. Stir in rice and beans, and fry 1 minute. Add 3 & 1/2 cups water and turmeric and bring to full boil over high heat.

2. Reduce heat to low, partially cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, 40 minutes.

3. Add peas and salt, and continue cooking 5 minutes, or until rice and beans are soft. Stir in remaining 1 & 1/2 tsp. ghee just before serving.

Nutrition Information: 

7 g
Total Fat: 
9 g
Saturated Fat: 
6 g
38 g
25 mg
628 mg
5 g
3 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

LOVE this recipe - I generally half the recipe, keeping the original spice amounts, and the cooking time ends up being about ten minutes

No comment just a question - What are split mung beans and where can they where can they be purchased

split mung u can find in idian grocery store its a kind of a bean gree tiny split mung beans

We love this recipe! It's on our weekly or monthly rotation. Thank you Vegetarian Times.

They are also called lentils :)

nice one and easy to make

I didn't enjoy this. Turned to mush and didn't even cook it the whole time. Wouldn't recommend

Just a few notes on how I adapted the recipe. I only cooked the dish for 20 minutes initially (instead of 40), and I used split yellow peas instead of the split mung dal (what I had on hand). For next time, I'd halve the amounts of Earth Balance (in lieu of butter) and salt that I put in. I quite enjoyed the flavours, though and will make it again.

Are the mung beans pre-cooked?

This dish was delicious. I'm beginning to experiment with Indian cooking, as I love it. Next time, I'll double the ginger. Heck, next time I'll double the whole recipe. Amazing!