How to Make Hearty Soda Bread
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 35 MINUTES
|1 1/2 c|
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly oil a large cast iron skillet.
2. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients – flours, sweetener, soda, baking powder, salt and fennel. In a separate bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients - grated carrots, kefir milk, melted ghee, dates and their soaking water - along with the nuts.
3. Pour the wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients and combine until both are fully incorporated. The dough will be stiff and will remain a bit sticky. If it is too sticky, add more flour.
4. Separate the dough into 4-5 parts. Form 1-inch high and 4-5-inch wide round loaves and place at least 2” apart from each other on the lined baking sheet. If you are using a cast iron skillet, you may need to bake the loaves in separate batches or make one larger loaf. Lightly dust the loaves with a very small amount of flour and score an “X” on the top of each loaf with a knife.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to a drying rack to cool. Once completely cool, store wrapped in a clean kitchen towel in a dry place. Serve warm with a generous amount of ghee.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Vata and Pitta do best with breads; Kapha individuals please consume with moderation. Use organic ingredients when available.
WHAT IS HEARTY SODA BREAD?
Crusty, dense and yeast-free, this twist on traditional Irish soda bread is a nice accompaniment to any winter soup, stew, or wholesome pot of dal. It tastes great toasted, too, adorned with avocado slices. Because there is no
kneading necessary, no need for rising and no lengthy baking, it's swift and easy to make. This hearty bread is best served right out of the oven, piping hot. Have some ghee close by for a generous slathering.
[Discovered by Michele Schulz
, ayurvedic chef from Albuquerque, NM.
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 typeâ€™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 thatâ€™s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
Is Hearty Soda Bread Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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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 HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT COLD GUNA
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
LEARN MORE ABOUT COLD
ABOUT GOOEY GUNA
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GOOEY
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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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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SATTVIC
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PRANA
Gluten, Tree Nuts,
A constituent of wheat, barley and rye that is sticky, heavy, and cold. Many people are allergic to gluten.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GLUTEN
Lactose is a sugar found in milk derived from galactose and glucose. It is difficult for many people to digest.
LEARN MORE ABOUT LACTOSE
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.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Heart & Circulation:
An herb that literally calms the heart. These herbs are helpful in the treatment of anxiety, sadness, depression, or other emotional imbalances in the heart. Related to the Chinese Herbal Category 'calms spirit.'
LEARN MORE ABOUT CALMS-HEART
Lung and Sinus:
Herbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DEMULCENT
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Sedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
LEARN MORE ABOUT SEDATIVE
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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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Why not pit the dates and chop them up ~ no need to soak! Happy Cooking Michelle
- Emily ann, Downers grove, IL 03-25-12
Soaking makes the dates easier to digest...Usejust enough liquid to cover the dates complete. Save the water and use it in the recipe - it is sweet!
I made this more Pitta-pacifying by using sunflower seeds instead of walnuts and milk instead of kefir, and it came out nice! Very yummy! :D
We are in love with this bread! Being a very Pitta household, we, too, substituted sunflower seeds for the walnuts. We also use homemade buttermilk in place of the kefir. And we've successfully used currants as a substitute for the dates when we ran out. The flavor is amazing and toasting it and slathering it in butter just makes it even better. We eat this with poached eggs and a slice of avocado for breakfast -- or sometimes topped with almond butter as a snack.