SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c
SPECIES: Oryza sativa
How Can Basmati Rice Make You Feel Great?
Rice is nourishing and easy to digest giving more 'bang for the buck'. Rice offers more calories with less effort from digestive organs. Plain rice is a good late night snack that wont disturb agni. Strained water from cooked rice can me made into a gruel. It is a valuable food for those recovering from an illness and a cornerstone of samsarjana karma.
Brown rice, although nutritionally superior, is harder to digest than white rice. A person with a compromised digestive tract may not be able to absorb these nutrients. Poorly digested food becomes a poison in the digestive tract. Ayurveda recommends white rice for anyone gas, bloating, or indigestion.
Rice that is cooked 'al dente', without enough water, can cause gas, bloating and constipation for Vata people. If rice gives you gas, add extra water and cook the rice until soft and puffy.
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Other Rice OptionsRice flour is heavy and sticky. Breads made with rice flour are too drying for Vata. To make rice milk, blend rice with water. Rice cakes are a great snack for Kapha. Glutinous rice is a variety of rice that is especially sticky and used to make mochi in Japan.
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Is Basmati Rice Good for Me?
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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What about brown basmati rice? Is this easier to digest than regular long or short-grain brown rice?
Brown rice is generally much more difficult to digest. However, brown rice provides more nutritional benefits and fiber. It depends on the needs of the person...
I find white rice, cooked until mushy, makes me tired. Do you know why this is?
If you prefer brown rice, cook it with more spices - like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, star anise and of course cumin. Overcooked grains (till mushy) may clog channels, thus increasing toxins and as a result make you tired.
I like to cook it in the rice cooker with threads of saffron. If I'm using brown basmati rice I wash then soak it for a half an hour beforehand and I use a ratio of 1 cup rice to 2-1/2 cups water to ensure it is nice and soft.
I see that it is marked as not recommended for Kapha but then at the bottom of the article it says rice cakes are a good snack for Kaphas. Can you please clarify? Thanks, Isa
Rice cakes are aerated and because they have more "air" in them, they can technically be good for reducing heavy, earthy kapha.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
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