ASPARAGUS & MUSHROOM RICE WITH BLACK PEPPER
How to Make Asparagus & Mushroom Rice with Black Pepper
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Place water in a medium pot on high heat.
2. While water is heating to a boil, lightly oil a frying pan and sautee mushrooms one inch apart until browned. Add rice to the frying pan and stir to soak up oil in the pan. Add rice, mushroom, salt and black pepper to the boiling water. Bring to a boil then cover and lower heat to a simmer.
3. Meanwhile chop asparagus in 1/2 to inch long lengths. Place remaining oil in a large pot and sautee asparagus until it turns a bright green.
4. Gently mix asparagus into rice after rice has been cooking at least 7 minutes. If you add asparagus too early, it will turn mushy. If you add asparagus too late, you will crush the grains of rice, leading to an oddly-textured meal.
5. Continue cooking, covered, until rice is soft. Serve and & enjoy!
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
In early spring, your body starts to crave snappy and refreshing textures like fresh asparagus. Asparagus is a strong diuretic to relieve spring water retention.
Nutritious and building for colder temperatures, but light, easy to digest, rice fills the tummy and supports you while the season is still cold. Black pepper clears the respiratory tract of congestion, while asparagus relieves a dry cough.
WHAT IS ASPARAGUS & MUSHROOM RICE WITH BLACK PEPPER?
Snappy green asparagus add freshness to earthy, soft mushrooms in rice. Joyful Belly discovered this recipe as a mushroom risotto in a small restaurant off a dark alley in Venice.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
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. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic 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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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
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 COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HEAVY
The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT SWEET GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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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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White, Brown, Green
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.
Energy Vitality Strength:
A tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
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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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Kidney & Urinary:
Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DIURETIC
Liver & Gall Bladder:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHOLAGOGUE
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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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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Add more depth to the dish by sauteing the asparagus and mushrooms in the oil first. This will add color and flavor. Add the rice to coat with oil and then finally add the water.
- Perry Devaney, Batavia, IL 04-27-13
Great suggestion - the recipe is updated.
Can I subsitute ghee instead of the oil?
- Liz Miller, Ardsley, NY 06-19-13
Great Springtime recipe - Thanks !
My favourite version of asparagus, mushrooms and basmati involves the Ayurvedic method I was taught for making kicharee - first infuse the oil with the healing nutrients from your spices and then the whole surface of each vegetable and grain of rice become saturated with their medicinal benefits. (Wasn't it Hippocrates who said: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."?)
All you need is two spice seeds: Cumin and Black Mustard Seed plus three powders: Turmeric, Coriander and Asafoetida/Hing Powders. Easily found at Indian Groceries or online, inexpensive and useful in dozens of dishes.
First toast cumin and black mustard seeds in the heated oil, then add turmeric, coriander and asafoetida/hing, then add some grated ginger root (takes only 2 minutes to do all of that).
Then, toast the washed basmati rice in the oil for 4 minutes and take it from there with the asparagus, mushrooms, water, etcetera.
Buono Appetito ! Grazi Bello
Yes, you can use ghee instead of sunflower oil.
Made the mushroom rice/asparagus/with black pepper this night,it was a lovely quick dish.
It had soft undertones,slightly oily, crunchy, with a surprise with the heat of the peppers.
Filling & easy to make. 10/10
Ann Varley 16/2/14 Seaforth Qld.
- Ann Varley, Seaforth 02-16-14
Delicious and satisfying, as well as easy to digest!
Enjoyed the recipe/dish. Thanks for tip of using ghee as I did not have sunflower oil (one more oil to the mix?) I cooked until rice was just al dente as I did not want mushy asparagus and I knew I would have leftovers that I would want to reheat (in a pan, not a microwave!) Ate this dish over a bed of baby spinach, cause I had some that needed to be eaten. The pepper was the flavor that lingers, nice. Easy recipe. My advice to myself is to shop where I can buy veggies in bulk rather than prepackaged so I can get the amount I need rather than what the grocer wants to sell.