How to Make Rice Pudding
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 40 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Grind saffron with a mortar and pestle. Soak in one tablespoon of the milk for ten minutes. Pour all ingredients except almonds into a single pot. Bring to a boil stirring constantly to prevent the rice and milk sticking to the bottom of the pot. Lower heat till a simmer. Continue stirring occasionally until rice softens and thickens. Keep covered. Garnish with roasted almonds just before serving. Enjoy!
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
The saffron and cardamom in this treat help to make milk easier to digest. Kapha beware as this dessert is heavy, gooey and oily. However, cutting sugar and ghee in half will somewhat minimize these Kapha aggravating qualities. Use the recipe for gold milk
as another option for this tasty dish, adding honey after cooking and cooling.
WHAT IS RICE PUDDING?
Rice pudding is sweet and delicious. It's also simple to make and liked by all. Traditional Indian rice pudding includes exotic spices like saffron and cardamom. It can be enjoyed both warm or chilled.
AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances.
With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you.
Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature.
By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health.
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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 MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT GOOEY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
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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 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. 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.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
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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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Rice Pudding
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.
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.
SEE ALL 'NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING' FOODS / HERBS
Foods with a Similar Nature to Rice Pudding
Milk has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Antacid, Nutritive, Soothes-throat, Bone-tonic, Quenches-thirst, Soothing
Jackfruit has these Actions in Common
Quenches-thirst, Soothing, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relieves-burning, Wakes-you-up, Nutritive, Satisfies-stomach
Buffalo Milk has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Soothes-throat, Makes-you-tired, Quenches-thirst, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach
Banana has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Nutritive, Stimulates-energy, Antacid, Quenches-thirst
Tofu has these Actions in Common
Makes-you-tired, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Soothing, Diuretic, Nutritive
Salmon has these Actions in Common
Makes-you-tired, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Wakes-you-up, Nutritive
Pumpkin has these Actions in Common
Relieves-burning, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Satisfies-stomach, Nutritive, Makes-you-tired
Hemp Seed has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Diuretic, Nutritive, Makes-you-tired, Satisfies-stomach
Sesame Seeds has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Bone-tonic, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy
Popped Amaranth has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Diuretic, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Soothing
Tahini has these Actions in Common
Bone-tonic, Satisfies-stomach, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy, Nutritive
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Rice Pudding
Shatavari has these Actions in Common
Antacid, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Relieves-burning, Soothes-throat
Vidari has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Soothes-throat, Soothing, Diuretic
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Antacid, Nutritive, Quenches-thirst
Comfrey Root has these Actions in Common
Bone-tonic, Nutritive, Relieves-burning, Soothing
Oats, Fresh Milky Seed
Oats, Fresh Milky Seed has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Relieves-burning, Soothing
Saw Palmetto has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Soothes-throat, Soothing, Diuretic
Elecampane has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Bone-tonic, Diaphoretic, Diuretic
Red Clover has these Actions in Common
Bone-tonic, Diuretic, Nutritive, Relieves-burning
Gokshura has these Actions in Common
Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Soothing
Licorice Root (Yastimadhu)
Licorice Root (Yastimadhu) has these Actions in Common
Antacid, Nutritive, Relieves-burning, Soothes-throat
Licorice Ghee (9oz)
Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common
Antacid, Nutritive, Relieves-burning, Soothes-throat
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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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are you sure its 8 cups of milk for 1/2 cup of rice...and a whole cup of sugar?
- sandy jones, Asheville, NC 01-29-10
Yes - rice absorbs a lot of liquid. This rice pudding is more like a soup than a solid. You are always welcome to use less sugar - we do!