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How to Make Asparagus Saffron Risotto with Lemon

SERVINGS: 4
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 40 MINUTES

STYLE: WESTERN
PREPARATION: BOILED
FOR OCCASION: THANKSGIVING, DINNER-PARTY

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp
2 c
1 tsp
1 c
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/4 whole
2 pinch

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

1. Grind saffron with a mortar and pestle. Place a few drops of water and continue grinding until saffron is completely dissolved. Let sit ten minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a separate pot bring 1 quart of water to a boil and set aside.

3. Clean and dice asparagus.

4. Sautee the cumin seeds in ghee in a large pot.

5. Add risotto, asparagus and other ingredients to the cumin while the seeds are still aromatic, before they begin to brown. Sautee for an additional 30 seconds.

6. Add 1c of boiling water and lower heat to a simmer. Continue adding 1c of boiling water from the other pot every five minutes.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Asparagus Saffron Risotto with Lemon is a perfect way to celebrate your first picnic in Spring, Italian style. Asparagus, saffron and lemon are naturally refreshing ways to purify your blood in Spring after a long dreary winter. Garnish with a touch of Parmesan Reggiano for a romantic flare. Or, serve alongside cilantro lassi and ginger dal for an ideal Ayurvedic meal.

Cool, Fresh, and Drying

Asparagus Saffron Risotto with Lemon helps your body adjust to the new heat in the spring air. Asparagus itself is cooling, drying and astringent. It is high in potassium and saponins- diuretics good for spring release of excess fluids. As a cooling diuretic, like saffron, it purifies the blood, so that you feel light and calm as the temperature steadily increases. Note: An acidic substance called asparagine produces an acetone smell in the urine after eating.

Blood Purifying

Saffron brings a healthy glow to the body after winter's gray. It is a nourishing purifier that invigorates and moves the blood while cooling it. Saffron's circulatory properties are useful in Pitta disorders with blood stagnation, including inflammation, arthritis, acne, and hepatitis. It improves eyesight and enhances digestion. Saffron's blood moving qualities are particularly desirable among herbs that stimulate the release of oxytocin, the "tend and befriend" hormone, supporting saffron's use as an aphrodisiac when combined with milk and ghee.

AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

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INCREASES
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). 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.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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TASTES
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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?

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and 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 (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
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Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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Bland

BLAND

Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.

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Crunchy

CRUNCHY

Makes an audible noise when you eat them. Can provide fun texture variation.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Asparagus Saffron Risotto with Lemon
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Appetite Suppressant

APPETITE-SUPPRESSANT

Suppresses hunger without causing weight gain.

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Relieves Burning

RELIEVES-BURNING

Herbs that soothe a burn or reduce an internal burning sensation, such as aloe vera.

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General Laxative

GENERAL-LAXATIVE

Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Strengthens Resolve

STRENGTHENS-RESOLVE

Increases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Refreshes Skin

REFRESHES-SKIN

Flushes the lymphatic system to cool, awaken, and revive the skin.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Decongestant

DECONGESTANT

An herb that reduces mucus production often by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.

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Flushes Membranes

FLUSHES-MEMBRANES

Herbs in this category stimulate mucus membranes to release fluids, flushing them out.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

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.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Livotonic

LIVOTONIC

An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or contain beta-carotene.

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Constituents:
Rutin

RUTIN

Rutin is a flavonoid with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Commonly used to treat conditions such as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and high blood pressure.

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Saponins

SAPONINS

Can be used to make soap. Saponins stimulate mucus membrane secretion, liquefying mucus for easy removal (expectorant).

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, Sodium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Carbohydrate, Fats, Folate,
Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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, Potassium

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Mustard

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Mustard Powder

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Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, General-laxative, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses

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Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, General-laxative, Cholagogue, Diuretic

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Burdock Root (Gobo) has these Actions in Common

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Red Wine Vinegar has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, General-laxative, Diaphoretic, Livotonic, Appetite-suppressant, Flushes-membranes

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Appetite-suppressant, Flushes-membranes, Cholagogue, General-laxative, Diaphoretic, Livotonic

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Salt (Mineral Salt)

Salt (Mineral Salt) has these Actions in Common

Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve, Cholagogue, General-laxative, Flushes-membranes, Soothes-throat

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Livotonic, Appetite-suppressant, Flushes-membranes, Cholagogue, General-laxative

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Horseradish has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, General-laxative, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses

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Mahasudarshan

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Burns-toxins, Cholagogue, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Livotonic

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Hot Shower

Hot Shower has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-membranes, Flushes-sinuses

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Hot Bath

Hot Bath has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-membranes, Flushes-sinuses, Cardiac-stimulant

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Inhale Steam

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Diaphoretic, Flushes-membranes, Flushes-sinuses, Soothes-throat, Decongestant

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Epsom Salt Bath

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Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-membranes, Flushes-sinuses

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Goldenseal

Goldenseal has these Actions in Common

General-laxative, Burns-toxins, Cholagogue, Decongestant, Diuretic

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic

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Mustard Poultice has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses

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Appetite-suppressant, Cholagogue, Decongestant, Diuretic

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Sinus Rinse

Sinus Rinse has these Actions in Common

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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Tessa - thank you for pointing that out, it is a little bit confusing. Risotto can also refer to a type of rice, i.e. arborio. So, when it says add the risotto, all you need to do is add some arborio rice!
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC , 05-08-15 (Reply)
Yummy!!! Super creamy and hearty. However, there was no recipe listed under Risotto on the Joyful Belly website. There was a page for it, but no ingredients.
- Lisa Souba, Bozeman, MT , 06-01-17 (Reply)
All of the instructions needed are included in this recipe.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ
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, 06-07-17 (Reply)
Very good. Subtle taste. Great with chicken
- Crystal Garland, Tucson, AZ
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I lived this, very fresh tasty
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