Quinoa Kitchari

By Shewekar Elgharably • May 17, 2015


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Quinoa Kitchari
Quinoa Kitchari Picture20 quinoa
30 min

Tested by Cairo Cooking

Shewekar Elgharably is a certified health coach and a passionate clean eating cook. She is inspiring us with her rich and nutritious recipes that can help improve our eating habits leaving us more energetic, less stressed, feeling and looking healthier as well as inspired for a cleaner living. You can follow her on Instagram @shewekar or #healthyrocks or search her recipes exclusively here.

Kitchari is India’s detox meal. The classic recipe is cooked with rice. In this recipe, rice is substituted with quinoa due to the numerous benefits of quinoa:

  • Contains a combo of healthy acids that can help reduce unhealthy cholesterol levels in the blood & fight inflammation.
  • Good source of protein, contains all the essential amino acids.
  • High in antioxidants, which protect against free-radical damage.
  • Quinoa is easy to digest and is gluten free.


  • 1 cup quinoa - كينوا
  • ½ cup brown lentils (cooked) - عدس بني
  • ½ cup yellow lentils (or split peas) - عدس أصفر
  • 4 cup vegetable stock (can be replaced with water) - مرقة خضار
  • 2 cup vegetables (broccoli, carrots, celery, kale, swiss chard...) - خضار
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil (for cooking) - زيت جوز الهند
  • ½ cup cilantro (chopped for garnish) - كزبرة
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds - بذور الخردل
  • ½ teaspoon coriander - كزبرة
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin - كمون
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric - كركم
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder - بودرة جنزبيل
  • sea salt - ملح البحر
  • black pepper - فلفل أسود

Step by step

  1. Wash & drain the quinoa and yellow lentils.
  2. Chop all veggies and greens.
  3. Heat the oil, sautee mustard seeds until they pop and add the yellow lentils (or split peas), quinoa, the chopped veggies and the rest of the spices.
  4. Add broth, bring to a boil then put down the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes until cooked through.
  5. Stir in the greens and cooked brown lentils just before you take it off the heat. Garnish with cilantro.


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