Instant Pot: Ayurvedic Detox with Khichri

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 10 comments

Khichri is a free-form dish, allowing for many variations. Although any type of lentil can be used like Mung, Tuver, or Masoor, the most common parsi version uses Tuver dal.

White Basmati rice is used since it is easy to digest but brown rice can also be used for more fiber and minerals in your diet. The spices are variable depending on your taste and liking. So is the ratio of lentils to rice. The consistency can be runny or dry as desired, however make sure the dal and rice are thoroughly cooked and soft.

The lentils and ghee are now a days available in Whole Foods, Amazon or local Indian Grocery Stores like Patel Brothers, Apna Bazar, etc

Khichri  is the Ayurvedic  detox food.  Khichadi, pronounced kich-ah-ree and sometimes spelled “kitchari” or “khichdi,” has long been used to nourish babies and the elderly, the sick and the healthy during special times of Detox and Diet Cleansing.

This khichri was made in a Instant Pot. It came out moist, soft and took less time to make!


Photo: Ayurvedic Detox with Khichri
Photo: Ayurvedic Detox with Khichri

1/2 cup rice white or brown basmati or jasmine rice
1/2 cup  Mung Dal (split) or Tuver Dal
2 cups water
1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp salt
2 tbsps oil or Ghee


2-3 tbsp clarified butter (ghee)

1/2 chopped medium Onion

1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)


Wash and clean the rice and dal and soak in water for 15 minutes.

In a Instant Pot and press “Brown” button.
To temper: Finely slice the onion and fry in oil till golden brown. Add cumin seeds and count to 3.
Add dal, water, salt and turmeric and bring to rolling boil on high heat. This is crucial to khichri coming out well done.
Add rice and bring to boil again.
Cover instant pot and set timer to 9 minutes.
Cook for 9 minutes covered and then keep instant pot on warm till you serve.

This rice dish goes well with kids, give with a little sugar added to 1 year old.

Cleanse Regimen:

A khichri cleanse consists of eating khichri for breakfast, lunch and dinner for 3 consecutive days. The theory behind this regimen is to give the digestive tract (intestines) a chance to rest, regulate and heal itself.

Khichri has the primary and essential nutrients for the body, while being gentle on the digestive system. After the cleanse, stagnation in the cleanser’s digestion and metabolism is alleviated , allowing him/her to resume a normal healthy lifestyle and diet.

  1. Drink one cup of hot water with lemon upon wakening.

  2. Allow 30 minutes before eating breakfast.

  3. Do yoga in this time or walk.

  4. For breakfast eat 1 cup of cooked khichri.

  5. For lunch and dinner eat khichri until full, avoid overeating.

  6. For snack eat vegetable and fruits.

  7. Repeat for 3 consecutive days.


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