SAFFRON RICE WITH ROSE PETALS
How to Make Saffron Rice with Rose Petals
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. To prepare saffron: Grind saffron in a mortar and pestle. Add a few drops of water and continue grinding until completely mashed. Then soak in two tbsp water for 10 minutes.
2. To prepare rice: Bring 2.5 c water to a boil in a medium saucepan (extra water added to ground Vata) and turn off heat.
3. Roast the chopped almonds on med-high heat for five minutes in a dry frying pan or until browned. After 2 minutes, add the gold raisins. Then, add the rice and roast until slightly browned. Add ghee and stir so that all the rice is lightly coated.
4. Add rice, rose water, saffron water, almonds, cinnamon, cardamom , bay leaf, and raisins to the boiled water. Cover on low heat and let simmer for 30 minutes or until rice is soft and somewhat puffy.
5. Garnish with fresh rose petals.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Aromatic saffron and delicate rose delights you long before your first bite. Tenderly prepared with exotic spices and rose petals, this luxurious saffron rice is sure to soften any heart. Sweetly spiced raisins, rich almonds, and buttery ghee add a decadent texture to each and every exquisite bite.
Perfection, If You Please...
Elegant rose petals are cooling and soothing, subtly inviting firey pitta passions to settle into a gentle simmer. Their beauty is pleasing to the eye, nose and tastebuds, pleasing pitta spiritually and emotionally. Easy to jump to judgement, fire constitutions can't help but be softened by the perfection of a rose. In fact, there is no better way to have a pitta person fall in love with you than to prepare this dish, set it in front of them, step back and watch the magic happen.
Soothes Delicate Nerves
Saffron Rice with Rose Petals is a tonic for the jumpy, anxious and worry-stricken. Even before the meal is over, your worries will have melted away. Your nervous mind will soothed by nourishing ghee, and sensations of fatigue lifted by gently strengthening almonds. Aromatic spices of cardamom and cinnamon will warm your heart while saffron and rose open your imagination and inspiration.
The Art of Cooking Grains
Cooking grains is an art. Always add oil, aromatic spices and a pinch of salt to bring out the sweet depth of nourishing whole grains. Every element a meal should be delicious enough to stand on it's own. Our grain dishes are no exception! Although they are often a side dish and not the feature, Saffron Rice with Rose Petals is sure to surprise you with it's depth and delicate character.
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 Saffron Rice with Rose Petals Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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You'll learn your body type, and whether Saffron Rice with Rose Petals is a good fit for your body type. Time to complete: approximately 1 minute.
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 EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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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 CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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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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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.
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
|Tissue (dhatu): |
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 Saffron Rice with Rose Petals:
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.
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Herbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, even chronic pain.
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A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.
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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 improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
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An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or has beta-carotene.
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Herbs that increase sexual arousal through various actions including increased circulation, relaxation, stimulation, or tonics that strengthen glandular health.
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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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Herbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
SEE ALL 'MUSCLE-TONIC' FOODS / HERBS
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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 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 sounds divine!
- Jill Leslie, Albany, CA 01-28-10
wow.. am going to try this right away!! Thanks for sharing :)
- Aruna, Bangalore 07-15-12
I just made this and it is lovely, refreshing, with a little sweet and crunch. Not having rose petals, next time I might put a teeny bit more rosewater.