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Quinoa Kicharee



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Quinoa Kicharee

  • 1 cup Quinoa, soaked and rinsed*
  • 1/2 cup split mung dah, soaked and rinsed
  • 2-3 tbsp ghee or oil of choice
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cm piece ginger, peeled or 1/2 tsp dried ginger powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 4-6 cups of water**
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 pinch black pepper (or more depending on dosha type)

optional additions***

  • 1 handful chopped carrot or sweet potato
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp cardamon pods
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • extra ginger
  • fresh coriander
  • yoghurt
  • lime lemon juice

Recipe's preparation

    Quinoa Kicharee
  1. 1. Wash and rinse the quinoa and mungdahl till water runs clear. *Ideally soak the 2hours or overnight to make them even easier to digest. 

    2. Add cumin seeds and other seeds/spices*** to mixing bowl. Dry roast 8 mns/Varoma/speed 1.

    3. Add fresh ginger and chop 10 sec/speed 9 (you can prechop ginger and leave the grinding of spices if you prefer whole spices in your kicharee). Scrape down sides of bowl.

    4. Add ghee or oil + turmeric and cook 3 mns/100/sp 1.

    5. Add soaked and drained quinoa and mung dahl. mix 4 sec//sp 3 to combine with spices.

    6. Add 4 cups water, ( and diced vegetables if using) salt and pepper and cook 20 mns/100C//sp1.5 (you can bring the speed to 3.5 for the first 4 seconds to ensure water mixes properly with dahl). place simmering basket on top of lid instead of mc

    7. after 20 minutes check consistency. You want dahl and quinoa really soft and well cooked. extend cooking time with 10 mns. Add extra liquid (up to 2 cups) if kicharee is getting dry.


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* Ideally soak the 2hours or overnight to make them even easier to digest. You can use the traditional Basmati rice instead of quinoa. 

** the amount of liquid needed might depend on how long your quinoa and mung has been soaked (shorter soaking time: kicharee will need more liquid). PLEASE NOTE: Pre soaking is always best: if using TM 31, you can only use 4 cups of water!! do NOT use 6 cups from the beginning, as your bowl will be too full!

*** Use extra spices according to your dosha:

Vata types: add more ghee, fennel seeds, extra ginger, garnish with yoghurt.

Pitta Types: add more ghee, fennel seeds, cardamom pods, garnish with fresh coriander.

Kapha Types: add more ginger, mustard seeds, can use less water, garnish with lime juice and black pepper


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