How to Make Coconut Rice
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Bring water to a boil. Add rice, half of the coconut flakes, oil, and salt. Allow the water to return to a boil, turn lower heat to a simmer and cover.
2. Meanwhile, roast remaining coconut flakes until slightly browned. Garnish over rice when tender.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Cool, soothing, and nourishing, it's no surprise that Coconut Rice is a staple of so many tropical cuisines. Your digestion is much weaker when the weather is warm than when it is cool. Luckily, coconut rice is easy enough for your body to break down and assimilate on those hotter spring and summer days. It cools heat and irritation in the digestive tract and thereby cools the blood. It leaves you feeling calm and satisfied. Use this cooling recipe to effortlessly balance a spicy dish, complement a curry, or enjoy alongside any vegetable dish.
Rice builds ojas. Ojas is said to have the smell of burnt rice, and is the vital essence of all bodily tissues. Good ojas makes a person look strong, healthy, and radiant. So, cooking basmati rice in nourishing, juicy coconut flakes offers your body a renewed storehouse of strength and vitality. Of the many varieties of rice, Basmati is the most sattvic, meaning that it encourages a peaceful state of mind. It also smells delicately sweet.
Easy to Digest
Rice is nourishing and easy to digest, making this recipe an excellent tonic for those who suffer from gas, bloating, or indigestion. Although brown rice has a higher nutritional profile, white rice is more readily nourishing. Coconut flakes are also a simple, soothing addition to rice that is also fairly easy to digest. Together, this dynamic duo creates a nourishing dish that won't bog down your GI.
Sweet, sensual coconut calms the mind. Its healthy fats coat the nerves, relaxing anxieties and stressors. It also cools the liver, effectively softening your firey temper and increasing capacity for patience. The next time you feel reactive or on the brink of losing your cool, a pot of coconut rice for your next meal might cool your nerves like a soft blanket of snow.
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.
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
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 COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT OILY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
In Ayurveda, oily refers to anything moistening. More specifically, oily refers to building substances that increases fat, or are themselves fatty. For example, sugar is Oily.
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ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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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 BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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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
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.
Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Coconut Rice
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.
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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An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
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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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Foods with a Similar Nature to Coconut Rice
Coconut Cream has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Promotes-virility, Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Raises-thyroid, Tonic, Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Antacid
Coconut Flakes has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Antacid, Brain-tonic, Promotes-virility, Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Raises-thyroid, Tonic
Coconut Butter has these Actions in Common
Antacid, Brain-tonic, Promotes-virility, Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Raises-thyroid, Tonic, Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Refrigerant
Coconut Oil has these Actions in Common
Livotonic, Raises-thyroid, Tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Brain-tonic, Promotes-virility, Stimulates-energy
Almonds has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Promotes-virility, Tonic, Brain-tonic, Satisfies-stomach, Nutritive, Stimulates-energy
Jackfruit has these Actions in Common
Refrigerant, Tonic, Nutritive, Relieves-burning, Quenches-thirst, Satisfies-stomach, Anti-inflammatory
Grape has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Brain-tonic, Quenches-thirst, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Tonic
Coconut Water has these Actions in Common
Brain-tonic, Quenches-thirst, Livotonic, Refrigerant, Antacid, Nutritive
Ghee has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Tonic, Antacid, Promotes-virility, Livotonic, Relieves-burning
Pomegranate has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Refrigerant, Antacid, Livotonic, Anti-inflammatory, Nutritive
Sesame Seeds has these Actions in Common
Blood-tonic, Satisfies-stomach, Nutritive, Stimulates-energy, Promotes-virility, Tonic
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Coconut Rice
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Promotes-virility, Quenches-thirst, Refrigerant, Antacid, Stimulates-energy, Anti-inflammatory, Tonic, Blood-tonic, Brain-tonic, Nutritive
Oats, Fresh Milky Seed
Oats, Fresh Milky Seed has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Promotes-virility, Relieves-burning, Tonic, Blood-tonic, Brain-tonic
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Promotes-virility, Stimulates-energy, Tonic
Shatavari has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning, Tonic, Antacid
Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)
Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common
Antacid, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning
Licorice Ghee (9oz)
Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common
Antacid, Anti-inflammatory, Livotonic, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Tonic, Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Brain-tonic, Nutritive, Promotes-virility
Shatavari Ghee has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Nutritive, Refrigerant, Relieves-burning, Tonic
Bala has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Promotes-virility, Stimulates-energy, Tonic, Anti-inflammatory
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Promotes-virility, Stimulates-energy, Tonic
Pitta Massage Oil
Pitta Massage Oil has these Actions in Common
Anti-inflammatory, Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Refrigerant
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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 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 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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You can usually find dry coconut flakes in health food stores. In local grocery stores the coconut flakes are usually mixed with sugar and moistened. These should be avoided.
If you have a mid eastern grocery store nearby they carry coconut flakes....
- maria capriglione, Knoxville, TN 10-10-12
This is my new comfort food. Love it!
I serve apples stewed in organic apple juice with the cinnamon and nutmeg or cardamom over this coconut rice. It is delicious!