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Brown Rice With Cinnamon & Lentil

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How to Make Brown Rice with Cinnamon & Lentil

SERVINGS: 4
PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 45 MINUTES

PREPARATION: BOILED

INGREDIENTS

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

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Boil lentils for 45 minutes or until they begin to soften. Slice onions in thick wedges. Fry onions in 2 tbsp olive oil. Add garlic last thirty seconds. Fry rice in a pot in 2tbsp oil until it begins to brown. Strain lentils and add to rice. Add all remaining ingredients except parsley and walnuts. Add 2 cups water and cook until rice is soft.

Garnish with parsley and walnuts. Serve alongside "Mint and dill yogurt sauce."

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

This is a variation of the popular Middle Eastern Dish 'Mujadarrah'. The astringency of lentils cleanses the GI. Onions and garlic add a hearty feel. Sours and spices improve the digestibility of the lentils, which might otherwise be gasey. To pacify Kapha, use less oil and onion.

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Is Brown Rice with Cinnamon & Lentil Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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INCREASES
Guna Help

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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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

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

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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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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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TASTES
Taste Help

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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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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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
Dosha Help

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 Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
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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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Brown Rice with Cinnamon & Lentil
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Experiences are Personal
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.

Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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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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Tonic

TONIC

A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to 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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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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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

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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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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Constituents:
Saponins

SAPONINS

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

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, Polysaccharides, Sulfated Polysaccharides, Sulphur, Sodium, Carbohydrate,
Coumarin

COUMARIN

Moderately toxic, vascular tonic, hypotensive, and anti-inflammatory.

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, Fats,
Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

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

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Nitric Oxide

NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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, Tannins

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Strengthens-resolve, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Flushes-sinuses

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Strengthens-resolve, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Flushes-sinuses

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Wasabi has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic

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Horseradish

Horseradish has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses

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Garlic (raw)

Garlic (raw) has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Flushes-sinuses, Diaphoretic, Strengthens-resolve

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Lamb

Lamb has these Actions in Common

Makes-you-tired, Strengthens-resolve, Nutritive, Tonic, Satisfies-stomach

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Buffalo Milk

Buffalo Milk has these Actions in Common

Makes-you-tired, Soothes-throat, Nutritive, Tonic, Satisfies-stomach

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Pork

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Hemp Seed

Hemp Seed has these Actions in Common

Makes-you-tired, Tonic, Nutritive, Diuretic, Satisfies-stomach

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Spanish Black Radish

Spanish Black Radish has these Actions in Common

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

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Brown Rice with Cinnamon & Lentil

Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Tonic, Vasodilator

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Hot Foot Soak

Hot Foot Soak has these Actions in Common

Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic

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Mustard Poultice

Mustard Poultice has these Actions in Common

Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic

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Hot Shower

Hot Shower has these Actions in Common

Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic

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Hot Bath

Hot Bath has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator

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Inhale Steam

Inhale Steam has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Soothes-throat, Vasodilator

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Epsom Salt Bath

Epsom Salt Bath has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Vasodilator

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Vasodilator

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Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Nutritive, Soothes-throat, Tonic

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Yarrow

Yarrow has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Vasodilator

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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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The rice cooks after frying when combined with other ingredients....see last line of recipe..."Add water and cook until rice is soft. ". Enjoy!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC , 02-23-14 (Reply)
How much water should be added to the rice and other ingredients at the end?
- Cathy Palasz, Phoenix, AZ , 01-15-15 (Reply)
Add 2 cups of water to the rice at the end.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ
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