LEMON & SAFFRON TAPIOCA PUDDING
How to Make Lemon & Saffron Tapioca Pudding
PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 60 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Wash the tapioca pearls and let sit 15-20 minutes. For larger pearls, let sit one hour. They will soften, and swell, but should not be sticky.
2. Bring the coconut milk to a boil. Note: recipe works well with milk or almond milk as well.
3. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add tapioca, vanilla extract, saffron and lemon zest. Stir frequently to avoid tapioca sticking to bottom of pan.
4. Cook until tapioca pearls are soft, including the center.
5. Finally, add sugar and salt. Stir until completely dissolved. Chill and serve.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Restore comfort and ease to your day with creamy tapioca pudding. The softness of tapioca is a balm to any mental stress, to soothe and lull any anxious thoughts. Warm aromatic saffron adds a subtle elegance to this rich, luxurious dessert while sour lemon adds a stimulating twist.
Soothe Your Stress
You'll feel more at peace simply by enjoying this dessert. Tapioca contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are both critical for brain function. If you feel irritable, the nourishing fats of coconut milk can calm your mind. Saffron is a calming aromatic. Make this dessert at the end of a stressful day or enjoy as a reprieve from high pressure situation.
The soothing properties of tapioca extend to the gut as well. The pleasant feeling of tapioca in your tummy is not only psychological, but hearkans to the medicinal benefits of tapioca. Tapioca actually soothes inflammation of the GI. The gooey demulcent quality coats ulcers and sores in the GI tract. For additional soothing relief, substitute lime for lemon in this recipe.
Nourishing for Late Summer
The heat of summer and sweating seems to sap your strength, tax your blood sugar, and deplete vital electrolytes. Late summer and early fall tend to be astringent and dry. The richness of tapioca and coconut milk restores sweetness and oiliness to your blood, bringing your energy levels back. Lemon's sourness restores juiciness to a dried out system.
Strengthen & Restore Your Body
Tapioca is starch extract derived from the cassava plant. Like many starches, tapioca is a nurturing remedy for weakness and debility. Because it is so easy to digest, tapioca encourages healthy weight gain after an illness. Tapioca and coconut milk strengthen your body as it prepares for colder winter months ahead.
Thanks to it's high iron content you will feel invigorated by this sweet affectionate treat. One cup has 13% of the daily allowance which is almost twice the amount in wheat berries. Tapioca also improves your blood circulation (especially with the help of saffron!) and nourishes the blood itself. It has been show to increase red blood cell count, helpful for those with anemia. Lemon & Saffron Tapioca is also a delicious way to protect bone mineral density as tapioca is also high in calcium.
If your tapioca is not fully cooked, it will continue to absorb water from your digestive tract and dry out your colon. The result is constipation with dry, hard stools. If the tapioca is fully cooked, you don't need to worry about this.
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.
Is Lemon & Saffron Tapioca Pudding Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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You'll learn your body type, and whether Lemon & Saffron Tapioca Pudding is a good fit for you. Time to complete: approximately 1 minute.
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICS
What is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
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 HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT DIFFICULT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Difficult refers to anything that is difficult to digest, or takes a long time to digest.
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ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT OILY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Oily refers to anything fatty, or that increases fat.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OILY
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.
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.
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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.
Here are the herbal actions of Lemon & Saffron Tapioca Pudding:
Energy Vitality Strength:
Heart & Circulation:
An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.
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Mind, Stress & Sleep:
An herb that strengthens the brain, thereby improves either mental function, stamina, or stability.
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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.
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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What do you substitute for sugar?
- Kate, Tucson, AZ 09-10-13
The recipe calls for raw sugar. Enjoy!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 09-10-13
Would it be okay to blend up some dates into the milk and then cook it, thus leaving out the raw sugar (since the dates will sweeten it)?
- Jess, Allen park, MI 01-28-14
Dates would make a great substitute for sugar!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC 01-28-14
can I use tapioca flour instead of the pearls?
- Larissa Demalteris, Golden, CO 09-24-14
Larissa, you can try using Tapioca flour. The texture will just be different.
Great recipe!Would be ok to use lemon zest if doing it with normal milk?
When mixing citrus and dairy milk, you need to be careful of curdling. If you can add just the zest, it should be ok as the juice is what tends to cause more trouble. Let us know how it goes!