RED WINE BARLEY SOUP WITH ROSEMARY & MUSHROOMS
How to Make Red Wine Barley Soup with Rosemary & Mushrooms
PREP TIME: 25 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Grind barley grains in a coffee grinder or leave whole. Saute in 1/2 of the ghee until a roasted aroma arises. Add to a pot with 6c boiling water and bring to a boil. Add salt and cook until soft stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, ground and saute coriander in the remaining ghee. Add mushrooms and onions. When brown add garlic and rosemary.
When barley softens add mushroom rosemary mixture. Turn off heat. Add wine just before serving.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Red Wine Barley Soup with Rosemary is a hearty, rustic winter choice. Effectively stave off the chill with this winter by warming your kitchen (and your belly!). Red wine and rosemary are warm and pungent, while barley is deeply nourishing while also pacifying heavy Kapha.
Break a Little Sweat
Red wine and rosemary are aromatic and warm, bringing heat to the surface of your skin. You may notice your fingers and toes getting toasty! As a heating diaphoretic and nervine, Rosemary has a warming and relaxing effect for Kapha and Vata ailments, including Kapha type headache. Rosemary is traditionally used to improve memory. It stimulates the central nervous system, useful in low blood pressure and sluggishness. By helping your circulation, it makes tired, heavy muscles feel energetic.
Regulate Blood Sugar
Barley is a cooling diuretic and ideal grain to relieve water-logged Kapha. Its high insoluble fiber content effectively regulates blood sugar levels. The fiber takes longer to digest. In addition, complex carbohydrates release sugars more slowly over a longer period of time, protecting you from dangerous, destabilizing blood sugar spikes. As an added bonus, the high fiber content holds your appetite longer, so you won't find yourself snacking on high calorie foods.
Barley is a great grain for weight loss. Barley (and many high fiber foods) increase the release of bile from the liver and gallbladder, aiding fat metabolism. Barley is easy to digest. Its diuretic nature reduces water congestion, so that you circulation and metabolism are improved.
Barley also soothes irritated, inflamed bowels. It's fiber has been shown to repair the intestinal lining of the gut.
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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 LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.
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ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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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 HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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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?
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Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulates rejection. It is a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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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.
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Resinous substances often contain sap in them, such as rosemary, or herbs such as cedar, frankincense, and guggulu.
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Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.
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Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Red Wine Barley Soup with Rosemary & Mushrooms
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
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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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Nerve Relaxant Grounding
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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Warms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing. Often these herbs are hot, aromatic, and pungent.
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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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Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.
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Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
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Flavonoids are a colorful type of polyphenol. As all polyphenols, they have a strong antioxidant effect. Many flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory, and/or antiallergen effect.
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Inositol is an alcohol sugar made naturally in the human body from glucose. It is lipotropic (aiding fat metabilism in the liver). It affects a variety of hormones, neurotransmitters, steroid, growth factors and water.
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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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This soup is safe for children - the alcohol will be cooked down, so it won't be intoxicating but will simply add flavor.
Came out perfectly, but mine turned out pink because I used Cab and not red wine vinegar. I used the Sadaf brand pearl barley and it made a great soup (not a mush or pilaf consistency). It smelled so good, I ended up eating it for brunch. I will definitely be making this again! I think next time I will add greens for a little more "oomph" in cold weather.
Fabulous winter soup - so satisfying! Love the flavor combination of the coriander and rosemary. I was skeptical about the red wine, but it added nice depth.