LEMON RICE WITH CASHEWS, PEAS, GHEE & CUMIN
How to Make Lemon Rice with Cashews, Peas, Ghee & Cumin
PREP TIME: 60 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Dry roast the cumin and mustard seeds until they begin to pop.
2. In a separate pot, roast rice and cashews in the ghee until slightly browned.
3. Add 2c water and spices then bring to a boil, cover, and simmer 25 minutes.
4. Add the peas and continue simmering another 10 minutes or until rice is tender.
5. Squeeze lemon juice over the rice and carefully transfer to another bowl. Be careful not to stir the rice, or the grains will break.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
The buttery rice and sweet peas are complemented by lemon's sourness. Cumin adds a savory note to the luxurious feel. This simple yet exotic dish is topped with crunchy roasted cashews. This is a satisfying dish that feels good in the body.
Comforting and soothing
The sweetness of the rice, ghee and sweet peas and the 'deep flavored' cashews make it comforting to eat, and satisfying. On a rainy day in Fall, this dish will comfort and soothe you. This dish is easy to make, you don't need much time and you might already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen.
Rice, cashews and ghee are all ojas building foods. They are sweet in taste and heavy and oily in quality. Ojas builds resiliency and longevity and is perfect for Vata people.
Lubricates, relieves dryness
Ghee is the perfect lubricator, it oils the body from the inside out and has many health properties (you could add a link to a ghee article). The sour taste from the lemon juice helps the body excrete fluids into the digestive organs, which helps to relieve dryness. The salt in this dish helps to retain water in your body.
Balanced for Easy Digestion
The spices cumin, turmeric and mustard seeds will aid with digestion. Cashews are heavy in quality and can be more difficult to digest. Cumin, turmeric and mustard seeds are all pungent spices and will bring more blood flow to your digestive organs. Cumin also stimulates peristalsis due to its bitter and aromatic qualities.
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 CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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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 BITTER GUNA
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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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
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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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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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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Herbs that increase tejas improve metabolism & brightness by stimulating the fire element at a cellular level. Destroys toxicity, excess fluids, & improves digestion. Also helps with mental function such as poor memory, lack of inspiration & depression.
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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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Tree Nuts, Allergens
Resembles water (ap) in quality - fluid, sticky, soft, heavy, stable, cool.
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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.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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Energy Vitality Strength:
Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
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Heart & Circulation:
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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Liver & Gall Bladder:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHOLAGOGUE
Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
LEARN MORE ABOUT GENERAL-LAXATIVE
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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cashews provoke all doshas?
- Emily Wishnick, Philadelphia, PA 12-24-13
Here is the link to the cashew page of this site:
Lots of good info!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 01-08-14
The preparation section says to "dry roast the cumin and mustard seeds" but mustard seeds are not listed in the ingredients. Should it be the turmeric we are roasting?
Also, I too am curious to note that cashews provoke all doshas.
- Chris white, UT 01-23-15
As a vata pitta I need this rice now, as the cool wether slips in. Is is comforting, easy to make and delicious! Thank you for this recipe. Sent me more.
2 whole lemons? really?
- Peony Maeda, Eugene, OR 10-07-15
Yes on the 2 lemonds it has a distinct sour taste.
Here is a link to Kapha reducing recipes - https://www.joyfulbelly.com/Ayurveda/recipes/dosha/Kapha?lnk=326Every ingredient in the recipe doesn't have to be ok for Kapha for it to be a Kapha reducing recipe. It's the combination and synergy of ingredients that make it Kapha reducing.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 06-27-16
A wonderful refreshing rice dish. The instructions are a bit unclear so I made this in the instapot. I sauted the cumin, mustard seeds and turmeric without any liquid then added to them the ghee and coated the rice with the mixture. I added some salt and water and turned the instapot on to the rice setting. when it was finished (12min) i quick released it and added the peas. I let it sit for 5mins. I then added the ghee roasted cashews and combined it all. Before serving I added the lemon juice. I ended up adding juice of 3 lemons and then adjusted the seasoning. It was served over red lettuce and arugula . Big hit at the office lunch today!