ASPARAGUS, GINGER & BLACK PEPPER CREAM OF RICE SOUP
How to Make Asparagus, Ginger & Black Pepper Cream of Rice Soup
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
1. Grind the rice into powder or use cream of rice.
2. Add the rice to 5c water and bring to a boil.
3. Add the other ingredients. Stir frequently to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom.
4. Cook about 15-20 min until all asparagus and rice are tender.
How Can Asparagus, Ginger & Black Pepper Cream of Rice Soup Make You Feel Great?
Ojas building but Kapha pacifying, asparagus increases mucous; both ginger and black pepper help to expectorate it.
WHAT IS ASPARAGUS, GINGER & BLACK PEPPER CREAM OF RICE SOUP?
A simple rice congee great for late spring colds and congestion. Like chicken soup but without the heaviness of chicken. Black pepper stimulates circulation and lightens the step. Discovered at Congee Village, a Chinese Restaurant in Manhattan, NY on Bowery St.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
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A sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a
lesser degree. Astringents
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Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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Energy Vitality Strength:
Heart & Circulation:
A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
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Liver & Gall Bladder:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
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Lung and Sinus:
An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
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An herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
LEARN MORE ABOUT STOOL-SOFTENER
Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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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.
About the Author
John 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.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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The consistency is more like grits than soup. I love this recipe! Easy-peasy to make, tasty and satisfying. I can imagine lots of substitutes for the asparagus, etc. A good base for other variations.
- nancy, Nashville, TN 06-08-10
Agree with nancy's post on 6/8/10. This is definitely more thick like a risotto rather than a soup. Also, I am new to this type of cooking, but found this recipe to be fairly bland. The proportions provide only a hint of ginger, salt and pepper. I could easily have doubled them to lend a stronger flavor profile, but not sure if that throws of the ayurvedic balance this dish tries to create.
Am also curious how to turn this into a more soup-like consistency, but keeping in mind that adding more water would dilute the already weak flavor profile...maybe up water, ginger, salt, pepper and asparagus while leaving rice portion to 1 cup? (Also, I used brown basmati rice).
- Nix, Chicago, IL 10-30-11
Dear Nix - The rustic, hearty flavor of brown rice will easily overwhelm the delicate flavors here. I wholeheartedly support adding more water for a mushier consistency! thanks for the tips. Best, -John
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I wonder if I could subsitute the rice with cauliflower? Anyone else tried with cauliflower?
- Wilma Wagner, Houston 08-02-16