How to Make Cardamom Cherry Pie
PREP TIME: 0 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 120 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Add the flour, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
2. Cube chilled butter. Add it to the dry ingredients, rubbing it in with your fingertips. Work until nearly smooth.
3. Slowly add 1/2 cup of very cold water, teaspoon by teaspoon. Gently work the water into the dough with a spatula or wooden spoon until all flour is incorporated into the dough. Knead the dough just a few times, and press into a rough ball shape.
4. Flatten dough into a circle. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at minimum one hour.
5. Remove from refrigerator, and roll out into a pie crust shape. This recipe calls for only the bottom crust, but feel free to be creative and add a top if you like.
Filling & Finish:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. If preparing with dried cherries, use 1 1/2 cups dried cherries and 4 cups water to rehydrate them. If fresh, use 3 cups cherries and and 2 1/2 cups water. In a medium saucepan, add ginger, sugar and cherries and water. Simmer the mixture for one hour. Now, add cardamom and cornstarch. Simmer ten minutes or until mixture thickens.
3. Meanwhile, place crust into a pie pan, pressing the dough into the corners. Bake the crust for fifteen minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven. Pour the cherry mixture into the crust. Mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.
4. Serve hot!
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Juicy, tart, tangy Cardamom Cherry Pie brightens your holiday table with its enthusiastic vibrancy. It's as bright as can be! Piled high with sweetly spiced cherries over a crispy crust, this sumptuous pie happily accepts rave reviews. Even after a heavy meal (say, on Christmas?) there's room for Cardamom Cherry Pie. Why? It's full of juicy fiber, deliciously warming digestive spices, and is even gluten free... not that you'd know it! Treat the tummies of your friends and family this holiday season to the growing fame of Cardamom Cherry Pie. Enjoy!
Nourish Your Blood
Cherries are an excellent way to nourish your blood (rakta). High in iron, cherries rebuild deficient anemic blood. Cherries' warming, blood building nature is perfect for December. Decembers cold temperature creates blood stagnation. However, their warming nature can aggravate pitta. In winter, the skin turns pale with the cold. Cherries are a skin tonic whose sweetness and sourness moisturizes your skin while restoring a healthy red glow.
Fabulous Fruity Fiber
Juicy Cardamom Cherry Pie is excellent for dry type constipation. Cherries cooked in sugar create a mucilage that keeps the intestines moist and moving, while the high fiber content of cherries results in bulky, easy stools. Sour cherries themselves are a gentle laxative. What does this mean for your and your digestion this holiday season? The dessert after dinner is a simple cure for constipation.
Soothes Firey Emotions
Cherries calm down the fiery emotions of Pitta constitutions. When under stress, hot Pitta constitutions tend to become impatient, frustrated, critical, and outright angry. The sweet perfection of cherries help bring these passionate friends back to a state of serene calm. The liver, an organ related to heat and Pitta, is also associated with anger. Their beta-carotene and sour taste immediately bring heat out of blood.
The holidays tend to be stressful in many ways- emotionally, physically, and digestively. Berries are lymphatic movers and cleanse your liver, allowing you to remain mellow and calm amidst the hustle and bustle.
Light, Healthy Dessert for Heavy Constitutions
Cardamom Cherry Pie is a safe choice for Kapha's sweet tooth thanks to natural sugars and high fiber content. Cherries are warming to the digestive tract and stimulate metabolism while their sourness aids in fat metabolism. Pungent cardamom and ginger aid digestion as well by keeping your digestive fire nice and strong.
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 MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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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?
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
Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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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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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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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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A constituent of wheat, barley and rye that is sticky, heavy, and cold. Many people are allergic to gluten.
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Resembles water (ap) in quality - fluid, sticky, soft, heavy, stable, cool.
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Resembles air (vayu) in quality - highly mobile, drying, light, cold, subtle, rough.
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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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Vitamin C, Potassium, Beta Carotene, Insoluble Fiber
Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
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Eases tension in eye muscles, so the eyes feel less strained, often by supporting the liver.
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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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You may do either...pre-made or scratch. Organic stores have great alternatives.
What is the measurement if using frozen, unsweetened cherries?
- Susan, Asheville, NC 12-19-13
For frozen cherries I'd use the same amount. Enjoy!
Jane...it is a pie. Enjoy!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 12-21-13
Happy pi day, everyone! JMC
- Jan Cannon, Springville, UT 03-14-16
I would also like to ask about the food combining rules of eating fruit stone. Does cooking the fruit change this rule?
Generally it's thought that if you cook fruit with other food, it is more acceptable to combine it.
do you know if arrowroot powder work as a substitute for the cornstarch in this recipe?
- Tanya Belireau, Canmore, AB 12-17-17
This pie unfortunately didn't turn out well for me with an overpowering cardamom flavor - my mistake for trying a new recipie on Christmas. The ingredients list includes only 3/4 t of sugar, however, the instructions reference adding sugar to both the crust and the cherry filling. It seems that there should be more sugar added to the cherry filling?
This was a great addition to the Christmas dessert table. It removes toxic heat and also restored vata deficient heat, while also looking festive!