CREAM OF RICE SOUP WITH CILANTRO, GINGER, GARLIC & GHEE
How to Make Cream of Rice Soup with Cilantro, Ginger, Garlic & Ghee
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
To make cream of rice, put the rice grains into a coffee grinder. Chop ginger and garlic. Fry them in ghee in a medium saucepan. Add 2 c water and bring to a boil. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce heat to low and let simmer ten minutes or until rice is soft.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Cilantro, Ginger and Garlic pacifies Kapha, Pitta and Vata. Breaks up winter congestion and cold. Garlic is grounding for late fall Vata and an aphrodisiac. Cilantro is one of the few cooling pungent spices that stimulate digestion and reduce inflammation, thus reducing Pitta. Cilantro has a sweet "vipak" and thus is nourishing. Use fresh ginger.
WHAT IS CREAM OF RICE SOUP WITH CILANTRO, GINGER, GARLIC & GHEE?
Experiment with cream of rice soups. Called "Congee" in Chinese Medicine, cream of rice soups are the "chicken soup" of China. A warm breakfast for the winter season. Discovered in Pune, India while thinking about Southern Grits from Asheville, North Carolina.
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. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your 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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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 COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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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
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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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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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.
An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
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A sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a
lesser degree. Astringents
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Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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Cleanse and Detox:
An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
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Energy Vitality Strength:
Heart & Circulation:
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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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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Literally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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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.
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Liver & Gall Bladder:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
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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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Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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An herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
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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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True, the consistency is more like a porridge than a soup. Thanks for the correction!
Should I still soak the rice before putting it in the grinder?
- Rachel, Minneapolis, MN 04-30-14
Yes, grind rice before cooking. Thanks!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 04-30-14
I make a Filipino dish called 'lugau' but boil organic chicken with the bones as my base for the soup. I boil it all day with a bay leaf. It is traditionally used when one is sick with the flu or a cold. This is the only difference in the recipes. How does this change the pharmacological effects on the body?
Gina V. Milwaukee, WI 12-14-14
This is delicious. It is warm and comforting for me. I added two more cups of water and it had to cook longer before the rice was soft. It was a bit watered down by the time it was cooked so I added a couple pinches of fennel, cardamon and cumin.
Very tasty. I added a little more water (after cooking) to make it less of an oatmeal-consistency. It made a fantastic breakfast dish! I will definitely be making this again.
I loved this. So warm and nourishing. Yes, had to add water along the way but I liked the consistency like porridge. I will definitely add this to my toolbox! Thank you for this!