ROASTED RICE WITH DATES, CINNAMON & CARDAMOM
How to Make Roasted Rice with Dates, Cinnamon & Cardamom
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES
1. Chop dates. Heat a medium saucepan on low, and add ghee. When it melts, add uncooked rice. Stir continually for 2-5 minutes, until it smells sweet and all the rice is coated with ghee.
2. Add the spices and dates. Stir for one more minute. Add water and bring to a boil. Cover pot and lower to a simmer.
3. Cook until rice is tender about twenty minutes.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Enticing aromatic spices fill the kitchen, tempting you to the table with their romantic allure. Your tastes are awakened by richly sweet dates, heart warmed by cinnamon. Cardamom's softly aromatic tones create a truly romantic flavor. Roasted Rice with Dates, Cinnamon & Cardamom is a decadent dish to serve your loved one on a sweet evening in! Lovely as a side dish for Mediterranean lamb dishes, any number of vegetables, or even as a sweet dessert, you can't pass this recipe up!
A Healthy New Glow
In Ayurveda, the word for juicy, sensual vitality is "ojas." Some special foods have lots of ojas, and, as it happens, you can eat them if you feel the need to increase your sense of vitality and juiciness. (There are probably not many people who don't yearn for that sweet sensuality in life.) In the ancient texts of Ayurveda, Ojas is said to have the smell of toasted rice. The main two ingredients in this recipe, dates and rice, increase ojas in your body, thereby giving you a healthy, happy glow.
Nurturing for Fall Fragility
In the Fall, dry wind is the culprit for many undesirable effects including dry skin, dry eyes, fatigue, constipation, and insomnia. If you are feeling any one of these symptoms in your body, add extra ghee to this recipe. It will give you a late autumn calming energy boost, as well as rehydrate your system.
Soothes Your Belly, Warms Your Heart
Roasted Rice with Dates, Cinnamon and Cardamom is very easy to digest. It's even perfect for those who are recovering from illnesses or suffering from weak digestion. Sometimes, feeling rundown leaves us feeling sad- this recipe is the remedy for both! The soft, soothing nature of rice and dates will calm your belly and help you feel strong and stable. The aromatic spices, cinnamon in particular, will tonify your heart so you feel once more like everything will turn out alright in the end.
~Created lovingly in the kitchen in 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. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your 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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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 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 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
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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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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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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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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Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
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Inward moving substances promote introspection, self reflection, stillness, or slow the system down.
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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.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
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A tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
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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.'
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An herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BLOOD-TONIC
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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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:
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.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GROUNDING
Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
LEARN MORE ABOUT APHRODISIAC
An herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).
LEARN MORE ABOUT PROMOTES-FERTILITY
Herbs which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus. They are used to increase scanty menstruation, relieve menstrual pain, and other functions.
LEARN MORE ABOUT EMMENOGOGUE
Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
LEARN MORE ABOUT GENERAL-LAXATIVE
Herbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
LEARN MORE ABOUT MUSCLE-TONIC
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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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Can you please elaborate on the preparation? or is this more like a rice pudding? Thank you!
- Katie Freeman, HI 10-01-12
It is more of a spiced rice dish than a rice pudding. Cook the rice as you would normally prepare basmati rice. If there is too much water, you can decrease the amount so that the rice is per your taste!
- Mary Phillips, Waynesville, NC 10-04-12
Should the rice be roasted first? Name is "Roasted Rice..."
- Sherry Agee, Lynnwood, WA 10-03-14
You do not need to roast the rice, but we encourage you to experiment and see what tastes good!
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC 10-06-14
I will! I have loved all your recipes so far. Thank you!
- Sherry Agee, Lynnwood, WA 10-06-14
is there something else to use in stead of ghee? I have an intolerance to it...coconut oil instead?
- sandy jones, Asheville, NC 09-17-15
Coconut oil is a great substitute for ghee.
Thanks! This was one of the first recipes I made and I loved it. It was warming, soothing, nourishing and nurturing, and oh-so-yummy. Thank you for these great recipes!
Fixed, thank you for pointing that out.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 12-26-16
Sure. Let us know how it is with cauliflower rice!
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 12-29-16
Delicious. Quick and easy to prepare.
I've just started learning about Ayurvedic diets and lifestyles, and I'm pretty sure my dosha is heavily vata. For me, would subbing coconut milk for water in this recipe be worth trying?
- Maile, OR 01-30-17
Sure, coconut milk to soothe Vata is a great idea.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 01-31-17
Is this too warming for a warm summer day and if I'm going through a pitta excess imbalance?
This is generally pacifying for Pitta.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 07-13-18
I really thought this was good. Made it basically as is instructed and had it for breakfast. I think Cardamom is my new favorite spice - this combination was delicious. I think my Pitta is high and I'm trying to get back into balance, so I was unsure about adding the cinnamon, salt and pepper but followed it anyway. Very tasty and easy to make. I made the rice according to the instructions on the package vs the instructions.