Recipe for Sweet Rice with Winter Spices – 7 Nov 15

It is getting cooler here and on one half of the globe, it is already steadily going towards winter time. There are certain spices which are used mostly in winter to create delicious winter dishes. They warm the body and thus increase the Ayurvedic dosha called Pitta, the warmth and heat in the body. One of these dishes is sweet rice with spices for which I will give you a recipe today.

Sweet Rice with Winter Spices

Enjoy giving your rice additional flavor of winter with cinnamon and star anise! Easy, sweet and super tasty!

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1 cup Rice
1 ½ cups Water
2 Star Anise
2 pieces of Cinnamon of 5 cm
1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1/4 tsp Star Anise Powder
1 1/2 tbsp Sugar Powder
1 tbsp Ghee

How to prepare Sweet Rice with Winter Spices

Start by soaking the rice in a pot in the water together with the whole star anise and the whole cinnamon pieces.

After ten minutes, you can place the pot onto your stove and bring the water to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn the heat down and put a lid onto the pot. Let it boil on low heat now for approximately fifteen minutes. You don’t need to even check much on it – and please don’t stir!

As soon as your rice is cooked – which you will know is the fact when you don’t hear any water boiling at the bottom anymore and the tips of the rice are pointing towards the ceiling – you can take it off the stove.

Take a pan and heat it up. Once hot, add the ghee and heat that up as well. When the ghee is hot, you can add the rice into the pan. Add cinnamon and star anise powder on top. Mix it all well in the pan and once it is mixed, switch off the stove. Keeping the mixture in the warm pan, sprinkle sugar powder on top of it and then mix the whole thing again.

There you go – a delicious rice with winter spices!


Pudina Dhania Chawal – Mint Coriander Rice – 25 Jul 15

After having written the recipes for a lot of vegetable dishes to you in the past weeks, I would like to focus on a completely different part of the meal today: the rice. You will get a recipe to prepare rice in a different, appealing and absolutely delicious way:

Pudina Dhania Chawal – Mint Coriander Rice

A variation from your regular rice as a side dish. Refreshing in taste and for your health!

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2 cups Basmati Rice
3 cups Water
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 cup Mint Leaves
1 cup Fresh Coriander
a handful Cashew Nuts
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 tsp split Chickpeas
1 tsp black Gram
1 Bay Leaf
Salt according to taste

How to prepare Pudina Dhania Chawal

Take the mint leaves and the coriander leaves and put them into a grinder. Sprinkle a little bit of water on top and make a paste out of them. Break the cashew nuts into small pieces. Wash the rice well and soak it in the water in a separate bowl.

Heat up the oil in a pot. Once hot, add the mustard seeds, the split chickpeas, the black gram and the cashew pieces as well as the bay leaf. Stir so that they get roasted and once the cashew nuts are golden, add the mint-coriander paste into the pot. Now stir on medium heat so that the paste gets cooked as well.

After about two minutes, when the paste has turned dark green, you add the rice, the water and the salt into the pot. Bring it to a boil and then reduce the heat, so that the rice can cook for the next twenty minutes. Let it cook on low heat without stirring!

The exact timing will depend on the water you are using but you can check whether it is ready: the tips of the rice should be pointing towards the ceiling and there should be no noise of water boiling at the bottom. Once this is the case, take the pot off the stove.


Dahi Chawal – Recipe for Rice in Yoghurt – 11 Oct 14

Today I want to give you the recipe for a dish that is not only one of Apra’s favourites. It tastes great but we also use to offer it to people who don’t feel good in the belly or even suffer from diarrhea – it helps!

Dahi Chawal – Rice in Yoghurt

Super easy, quite quick, very tasty and on top of it really light!

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1 cup Basmati Rice
2 cups Water
1 tsp Vegetable Oil
3 cups Yoghurt
1 tsp Black Mustard Seeds
1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
5 Curry Leaves

Salt according to taste

How to prepare Dahi Chawal

After washing the rice thoroughly, take a pot and put rice and water into it. Put it on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn the heat low and let it simmer on. Don’t stir but let it get done, which will take approximately 20 minutes. Once the water has vaporized and the tips of the rice are pointing to the top, your rice is ready.

Heat up the oil in a pan and add the fenugreek seeds, the mustard seeds and the washed curry leaves. The mixture will start popping and sizzling and you can turn the heat down a bit. Let the spices get roasted and then add the rice into the pan. Mix the seeds well under the rice. Add the yoghurt, stir again and finally turn off the stove. Add salt on top, mix again and your Dahi Chawal is ready!


Mithe Chawal – Sweet Rice with Cardamom and Saffron – 21 Dec 13

Ramona and I have decided to take a little winter trip and we are spending the weekend in Lucknow together with Apra. That’s how I am writing this recipe for you today from the capital of our state Uttar Pradesh. And it is also a very delicious dish that is often eaten on occasions: Mithe Chawal, Sweet Rice. A dish for all of those who would like to have a sweet form of rice other than their common milk rice!

Mithe Chawal – Sweet Rice with Cardamom and Saffron

A tasty sweet dish with rice, given a royal taste by cardamom and saffron!

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1 cup Basmati Rice or Golden Pulav Rice
2 cups Water
2 tsp Ghee
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1 tbsp Sugar
1 Cardamom Pod
15 – 20 Saffron Threads
and if you like them: 15 – 20 Raisins

How to make Mithe Chawal

As usual with any rice dish, wash the rice before you prepare it. The only other thing that you need to prepare is the cardamom – crush the pod a little bit so that it is open and can later spread its taste to your rice.

Put all ingredients together in a pot and stir once. Let the rice soak and the saffron threads in the meantime will spread their beautiful yellow colour. After fifteen minutes, you can stir and then place the pot with a lid on top on the stove.

First you need to get the water to boil on high heat. When it is boiling, wait for two minutes and then turn the heat low. And now just let it get cooked. Don’t lift the lid, don’t stir, just let it get done. After about fifteen minutes you can check on your rice. If the water is fully vaporized, you can turn off the stove. Mix it once softly and take the pot off.

And there you are – beautifully yellow sweet rice! Serve it warm and, if you like to decorate your dish, place some saffron threads on top of it.

Methi Chawal – Recipe for Ayurvedic Rice with Fenugreek – 23 Nov 13

Today I will write a dish for you which is very easy. You will definitely not have any difficulties making it – but most of all you will feel the benefit of this dish after eating it! It is Methi Chawal, rice with fenugreek seeds. Fenugreek is used in Ayurveda to reduce vata – so prepare rice in this way for some extra taste and less problems with gas in the belly later!

Methi Chawal – Ayurvedic Rice with Fenugreek

An easy and healthy dish for rice-lovers who want to avoid gas problems, reduce joint pain and still eat a delicious dish!

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1 cup Basmati Rice
2 cups Water
1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds

Salt according to taste

How to make Methi Chawal

There is not a lot of preparation necessary for this dish. Depending on where you buy your rice, you may have to search through it before whether there are any hard seeds or stones. But if you are confident that there aren’t, you just need to wash the rice.

Put rice, water and fenugreek in a pot, sprinkle some salt over it, stir once and then place a lid on it. Place the pot on the stove at high heat and wait for it to boil. Once it boils, turn the heat down and let the rice get cooked while you prepare the remaining dishes of your meal. Do not ever stir boiling rice!

After about ten to fifteen minutes, your rice will be ready. The signs are that there is no water vaporizing anymore, there is no boiling sound at the bottom of the pot and the tips of the rice grains are pointing upwards. Take the pot off the stove and serve it warm.

With this version of the dish, the fenugreek is mixed in the rice and you will eat the seeds as well. In case you don’t like having fenugreek seeds in your rice, there is an alternative method of preparation: instead of adding the fenugreek into the water, wrap it into a thin cotton sheet, make a knot and hang it into the rice water. Simply take it out before serving – you will have a slight taste of fenugreek and all its benefits!

Enjoy your meal!

Ayurvedic Benefits

While rice is a dish that is known to be rich on vata, thus increasing the possibility of gas creation in the belly, the fenugreek works actively against this! Ayurveda tells that fenugreek reduces vata – and that’s how you can balance vata within this dish, doing a favour to your belly and your joints!

Athletes, elderly people and those who have join pain or problems with flatulence but who like to eat rice should try this version – you will feel the difference!

Moong Dal Khichdi – Recipe for a light and easy Lentil and Rice Dish – 18 Aug 12

Today I would like to give you a quick and easy recipe for a very popular and very basic dish of Indian cooking – Khichdi. It is made of rice and moong lentils and is not only very healthy but also tasty. It is a favourite of many children of our school and is also used as light food before Ayurvedic cleansing treatments. The most popular spelling is Khichdi but as the transliteration from Hindi to English is sometimes difficult, you can read many versions from Khichadi to Khichri.

Moong Dal Khichdi – light and easy Lentil and Rice Dish

Make your own Khichdi and enjoy an easily digestible, tasty lentil dish with rice.

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1 bowl Split Moong Lentils with Skin
1 bowl Basmati Rice
4 bowl Water
1 ½ tbsp Ghee
1 tsp Cumin
½ tsp Turmeric
Salt according to Taste

How to make Khichdi?

Khichdi is one of the dishes for which an Indian family usually always has the ingredients at home – rice and lentils. You simply start preparing by mixing your rice and lentils and wash them properly with clean water.

After that you put a pot on the stove and heat up the ghee in it. When it is hot, add the cumin, stir once and add the turmeric powder. Stir for another half minute so that the spices can develop their aroma but don’t let them burn. Before that happens, add the rice, the lentils and the water in the pot and stir. Now you only need to add salt according to your taste and put a lid onto the pot to let it boil on medium heat.

You actually don’t need to do anything, just have a look after about five minutes. If you don’t see any water at the surface anymore, turn the heat very low and put the lid back on. Check again after another five to ten minutes. Your Khichdi is ready when the tips of the rice are pointing towards the ceiling.

You now have a quite dry version of Khichdi but many people like eating it in a more liquid form. For that, you only need to add some more water and it will be done whenever the lentils and rice are cooked soft.

You can eat this dish together with pickles, sprinkle coriander or lemon on top of it or just eat it instead of plain rice – you will see, it is nourishing, tasty and easy to digest!

Lemon Rice – Delicious Ayurvedic Online Recipe – 21 May 11

At the moment we are in Bocholt and we all know that our little friend Konsti really likes fried rice. This is how we today made ‘Lemon Rice’ and I thought this could be a recipe that you, too, would enjoy.

Lemon Rice

A delicious way of making plain rice a bit more special. We add mustard and lemon and create a wonderful new dish.


Ayurvedic Vegetable Biryani Recipe – Pulao – Rice and Vegetable – 12 Mar 11

Today we will cook one of the very basics of Indian kitchen: plain white Basmati rice. After that we will add some vegetables and make a delicious Vegetable Biryani, also called Pulao or Pulav, out of it. It is a healthy Indian dish with rice, nuts and vegetables and can be a whole meal by itself, too.

Cooking Rice and Biryani / Pulao – an easy Ayurvedic Recipe

Ayurvedic recipe for cooking Indian rice with vegetables called Biryani or Pulao