STAR ANISE & CINNAMON BLACK BEAN CHILI WITH MOLASSES & CHIPOTLE
How to Make Star Anise & Cinnamon Black Bean Chili with Molasses & Chipotle
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 120 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Use ground dried chipotle powder and a star anise pod (=1/4 tsp ground). Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Meanwhile roast the cumin on a dry skillet and grind using a mortar and pestle. Add all of the ingredients and turn down heat to low. Cover and simmer for several hours until the beans are soft.
Beans are difficult to digest. I soak my black beans the night before cooking and rinse several times. Chop them coarsely with the food processor and soak for another few hours, leeching out proteins, helping to make the beans more digestible. I prefer my bean soups watery and thin - usually blending the final result and cooking an extra 10 minutes (remove the star anise first!).
Those who tend toward gas when eating drier foods might want to drizzle some good - quality olive oil, or stir in a hunk of coconut oil, to this dish when its finished. The added fat with boost the richness, and aid the body in digestion.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Spices & Dry Lungs
Spices are light, drying, and stimulating. They stimulate your heart and dilate your blood vessels, improving circulation and warming up your body. Beans can be boorish without a boost from the exotic aromas of cumin, star anise, and cinnamon - all herbs frequently used in lung formulas. As the late winter and early spring thaw causes fluid buildup in the respiratory tract, spices can help keep you dry, clear, and warm through the turmoil and unpredictable weather of March. Spices are like a colorful shawl or blanket, sheltering you from the winds of spring - and also protecting from the inner winds. Beans can be gas - forming and these lung - supporting spices are also carminatives, relieving or preventing gas formation.
Purifies Spring Blood
Beans are especially useful in early spring, when its best to choose foods that are the exact opposite of, lets say, the creamy and rich choices of the winter holidays. In springtime, your body is executing its natural cleansing actions, sloughing off the wintertime fats in favor for a new lightness and brightness. Beans support the bodys efforts, as they are astringent - the opposite of the dampening, sweet foods that cause you to put on excess pounds. The low glycemic index of beans is especially supportive, helping to keep your blood dry, thin, and free of congestion.
Filling Aid in Weight Loss
Heavy and hearty, beans satisfy a voracious appetite. Enjoy without the guilt - a satisfying portion of black beans (a cup) has only 11 percent of the recommended daily allowance for calories, but has the potential to fill you up 100 percent. Plus, beans contain cholesterol reducing and bowel cleansing fiber.
Beans & Your Bowels
The rich fiber content of beans aids in healthy elimination. 'Bean liquor' refers to the thick broth that forms while cooking beans - evidence of soluble fiber. The soluble fiber dissolves in water and keeps stools soft, acting as a bulk laxative. High in both soluble and insoluble fiber, the insoluble roughage stimulates bowel movements and helps to scrape the bowels. The fiber in beans also reduces cholesterol, all while increasing satisfaction.
Beans get a bad reputation for being the "musical fruit," causing unfortunate expressions after mealtimes, but the gas-forming astringent saponins actually help the legume protect itself against insects. Saponins form the sudsy foam on the surface of a bubbling pot of beans. These saponins also prevent protein digestion, making beans an especially challenging food for some. Vata individuals with insufficient digestive juices in the stomach may experience gas, bloating, and constipation after eating beans. Ayurveda says to avoid foods that make you gassy but also offers these tips to improve the digestibility of beans
WHAT IS STAR ANISE & CINNAMON BLACK BEAN CHILI WITH MOLASSES & CHIPOTLE?
Anise, cinnamon, and chipotle chili add a warm, smoky feel, perfuming the beans, while black strap molasses adds a sweet, rich sauciness. We discovered this recipe while cooking over a campfire in northern New Mexico. A bowlful of this warming dish has the power to transport you to the fireside, under the stars, with your mouth watering in anticipation.
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.
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
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 HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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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 PUNGENT GUNA
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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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
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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Rajasic foods stimulate desire or nervous energy. Red meat, high protein food, garlic and onions stimulate desire. Rajasic foods include chili peppers, coffee, and anything that stimulates movement.
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A member of the plant family Solanaceae. Members of this family have a tendency to irritate the liver and arthritic conditions. Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and bell peppers.
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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.
Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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Cleanse and Detox:
An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
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Heart & Circulation:
Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
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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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An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
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Lung and Sinus:
An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
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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.