Gifted by the Green Moustache's Pierre (Function Junction, Whistler)


1 cup mung dal lentils

1 cup white basmati rice

2 small yams (300g) or 3 cups

3 medium carrots (300g) or 2 cups

1 small onion (125g) or 1 cup

1 tbsp fresh ginger root

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp ajwain seeds

1 tsp black mustard seeds

1 tsp coriander seeds

¼ tsp cardamom seeds

1 tsp turmeric powder

5 leaves black kale (56g) or 2 cups

To Top:

Fresh cilantro

Lemon wedges or lemon juice

Shredded coconut

Tamari sauce


40+ minutes

+ overnight soaking


4 - 5


Keeps well in the refrigerator 3 - 4 days and reheats beautifully


Soak. In a container in the fridge overnight, soak the mung dal lentils and white basmati rice in 4 cups of water.

Strain. The next day, drain the water from the mung dal lentils and rice. Set aside.

Chop. Cut the yams and carrots into small bite-size pieces, dice the onion and grate the ginger. Set aside.

Dry roast. In a medium-sized pot, on medium heat, dry roast the cumin, ajwain, black mustard, cardamom and coriander seeds for a maximum of 1 minute, being careful not to let the spices burn.

Add water. Add ½ a cup of water to stop the spices from dry roasting. Add the grated ginger, diced onion, chopped yams and carrots to the pot and stir.

Add the lentils and rice. Add the pre-soaked and strained mung dhal lentils and white basmati rice and stir.

Add more water. Add 5 cups of water as well as the turmeric powder. Stir and cover with a lid.

Simmer. Leave on a medium heat to simmer until all the water has evaporated. If it starts sticking at the bottom of the pot, turn down the heat and continue to stir every 2 minutes.

Cut. While cooking, take the stems off the black kale and chop into small pieces.

Stir in. Once the kitchari is cooked, turn off the heat and stir in the chopped kale.

Serve. Serve with cilantro, shredded coconut, lemon juice or a lemon wedge and some tamari sauce.

Green Moustache only makes and sells delicious plant-based meals!
All of these ingredients can be purchased at the The Green Moustache. If you don’t live close by, look for your closest bulk/zero waste store and green grocer.
Support your local farmers by looking to your local Farmers' Market and stockists of locally farmed vegetables.
Potatoes are typically available fresh in BC July through December, onions August through March, carrots June through January, fresh garlic June through October
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You can also look at We Heart Local BC for updates each month as to what's in season.Another great way to ensure you're using seasonal produce is to subscribe to a CSA Box with a local farm and structure your meals around the seasonal produce you've received that week!

Original recipe from Pierre of the Green Moustache

Photos provided by the Green Moustache