School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion

School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion

Joyful Belly Menu

AYURVEDIC RECIPES

Toasted Black Cumin Wild Rice

Save this RecipeSave

How to Make Toasted Black Cumin Wild Rice

SERVINGS: 4
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 50 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY

MEAL: BREAKFAST
STYLE: ASIAN
FOR OCCASION: CLEANSE

INGREDIENTS


SKILL LEVEL: EASY
1 tsp
1 c
1 pinch

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Place ingredients in a medium saucepan with 1.5c water. Bring to a boil then lower to simmer and cook on low heat until rice is soft, about 40 minutes.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

If you are feeling tired, overwhelmed and overworked, this is the recipe for you. According to the famous arabic physician Avicenna in "The Canon of Medicine," black cumin stimulates the body's energy and helps recovery from fatigue and dispiritedness. In Ayurvedic terms black cumin helps build agni (your digestive fire), but is also inflammatory.

Both black cumin (nigella) and wild rice support healthy kappa by keeping blood sugar even and removing excess water from your system. Black cumin is an even stronger diuretic than its more commonly used cousin, brown cumin. It has such a direct effect on the kidneys that it can even help to break up a painful, stubborn kidney stone. Wild rice is high in protein and fiber. Combined with black cumin, which lowers blood sugar, this is an excellent choice for diabetics.

For those of you who feel anxious or stressed, a hearty, protein-rich dish such as Black Cumin Wild Rice will bring you a sensation of grounded stability. Nigella stimulates energy, helping to stave off the fatigue that so often accompanies stress. The high fiber content of wild rice helps keep constipation at bay. If you have constipation due to dryness, make sure to add ghee to your wild rice while cooking.

Black cumin is a little too heating for pitta. Use fennel seeds instead for a delicious, pitta soothing modification to this recipe.

WHAT IS TOASTED BLACK CUMIN WILD RICE?

Black cumin, also known as nigella, offers a warm, softly pungent aroma to the kitchen table. On a cold day, even its scent makes you feel warmer! Cook Black Cumin Wild Rice on a chilly day to warm and nourish your body. This rice dish is a complimentary side to cooked carrots, fennel, bitter greens, spring onions and most other vegetables you can think of! It is also nice served room temperature as the base for couscous inspired dishes featuring chopped tomatoes, sauteed squash, and fresh herbs.

Why not make a little extra to heat up in the morning and top with avocado slices for a nourishing, energy-stimulating start to your day?

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. See How it Works.

Is Toasted Black Cumin Wild Rice Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Toasted Black Cumin Wild Rice' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
See a complete list of all biocharacteristics.
INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). 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.

Learn More

LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

LEARN MORE ABOUT LIGHT

LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

LEARN MORE ABOUT LIQUEFIED

MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

LEARN MORE ABOUT MOBILE

DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

LEARN MORE ABOUT DRY

CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

LEARN MORE ABOUT CLEAR

TASTES
Taste Help

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?

Learn More

BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

LEARN MORE ABOUT BITTER

PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

LEARN MORE ABOUT PUNGENT

DOSHAS
Dosha Help

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 (doshas), 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.

Learn More

PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Acrid

ACRID

Acrid taste is a combination of bitter and pungent tastes. Example include radish, turnip, and coffee.

SEE ALL 'ACRID' FOODS / HERBS

,
Aromatic

AROMATIC

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.

SEE ALL 'AROMATIC' FOODS / HERBS

HERBAL ACTIONS
(see all)

Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Toasted Black Cumin Wild Rice
Help
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.

Carminative

CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

SEE ALL 'CARMINATIVE' FOODS / HERBS

Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

SEE ALL 'INTERNAL-DETOXICANT' FOODS / HERBS

,
Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

SEE ALL 'BURNS-TOXINS' FOODS / HERBS

Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

SEE ALL 'STIMULATES-ENERGY' FOODS / HERBS

,
Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

SEE ALL 'NUTRITIVE' FOODS / HERBS

Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

SEE ALL 'DIAPHORETIC' FOODS / HERBS

Anticarcinogenic

ANTICARCINOGENIC

Herbs that inhibit or prevent the activity of a carcinogen or the development of cancer.

SEE ALL 'ANTICARCINOGENIC' FOODS / HERBS

Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

SEE ALL 'CARDIAC-STIMULANT' FOODS / HERBS

,
Hypotensive

HYPOTENSIVE

An herb that lowers blood pressure.

SEE ALL 'HYPOTENSIVE' FOODS / HERBS

,
Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

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.

SEE ALL 'VASODILATOR' FOODS / HERBS

Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

SEE ALL 'DIURETIC' FOODS / HERBS

Antispasmodic

ANTISPASMODIC

Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.

SEE ALL 'ANTISPASMODIC' FOODS / HERBS

Foods with a Similar Nature to Toasted Black Cumin Wild Rice

Nigella (black cumin)

Nigella (black cumin) has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Anticarcinogenic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Hypotensive, Vasodilator

LEARN MORE

Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant

LEARN MORE

Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant

LEARN MORE

Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic

LEARN MORE

Ajwain

Ajwain has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Carminative, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant

LEARN MORE

Celery Seed

Celery Seed has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Hypotensive, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Vasodilator

LEARN MORE

Dill

Dill has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant

LEARN MORE

Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator

LEARN MORE

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Hypotensive

LEARN MORE

Ginger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Stimulates-energy, Burns-toxins, Hypotensive, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant

LEARN MORE

Rosemary

Rosemary has these Actions in Common

Anticarcinogenic, Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Diaphoretic, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant

LEARN MORE

Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Toasted Black Cumin Wild Rice

Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic

LEARN MORE

Dong Quai

Dong Quai has these Actions in Common

Vasodilator, Anticarcinogenic, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Hypotensive, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy

LEARN MORE

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic

LEARN MORE

Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator

LEARN MORE

Angelica

Angelica has these Actions in Common

Anticarcinogenic, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Hypotensive, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator

LEARN MORE

Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Hypotensive, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic

LEARN MORE

Trikatu

Trikatu has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator

LEARN MORE

Pushkaramoola

Pushkaramoola has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Hypotensive

LEARN MORE

Kushta

Kushta has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Hypotensive, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator

LEARN MORE

Yogaraj Guggulu

Yogaraj Guggulu has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Burns-toxins

LEARN MORE

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Diuretic

LEARN MORE


Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

Eat Well for Life With Ayurveda: Balance Your Dosha

Love our recipes? Discover how to balance your diet for only $35 with this popular short course. GET THE ECOURSE

View Other Healthy Recipes for Summer

This recipe is recommended for Summer. Check out these other Summer recipes here. VIEW ALL SUMMER RECIPES MORE VATA / KAPHA RECIPES
MAIN RECIPE PAGE
About John Joseph Immel

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 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

Read more

Comments & Impressions of 'Toasted Black Cumin Wild Rice'

Do you like 'toasted black cumin wild rice'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something else you'd like to know about 'toasted black cumin wild rice'?

full start reviewfull start reviewfull start reviewfull start reviewfull start review(5.00 out of 5 stars) 1 rating, 171 likes
blank start reviewblank start reviewblank start reviewblank start reviewblank start reviewSign in to review this recipe

Can I substitute basmati rice for wild rice?. When I redo this recipe what will be the effects on me.? Thank you.
- Lynne, BC , 09-21-16 (Reply)
Basmati rice is considered more Kapha aggravating, but also easier to digest. Let us know what you think of your new recipe!
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ
full start reviewfull start reviewfull start reviewfull start reviewfull start review
, 09-22-16 (Reply)

Join Joyful Belly.

Want our top Ayurvedic recipes and health tips?
Subscribe to our free newsletter!
If you are already a member please sign in here. Forgot your password?
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information and products on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

© 2024 Joyful Belly Ayurveda Inc., All rights reserved.
Asheville, North Carolina
1