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A Healing Dessert

A Healing Dessert

Nutty Sweet Rice

Every ingredient of this delicate dessert has a healthy contribution to make. Enjoy it after a light dinner on a chilly night.

Cook one cup basmati rice in two cups of water. In a heavy-bottomed pan, melt 2 Tbsp. ghee (clarified butter). Toss 1 cinnamon stick, 2 pods of coarsely crushed green cardamom, 1 Tbsp. raw sugar and 2 Tbsp. each of raisins and unsalted pistachios, almonds, and cashews (any or all of these) into the ghee.

Stir-fry for about a minute, or until the nuts are lightly browned and the spices give off an inviting fragrance. Pour this garnish into the rice, fluffing with a fork to mix the ingredients  thoroughly. Serve warm.

Variations:  Omit any of the nuts and add your own favorites—walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts.

Prep: Soaking the rice in water for 15-20 minutes before cooking helps the grains absorb water and allows them to cook thoroughly. Soak the raisins in clean water overnight to plump them up and make them easier to digest. Shell and blanch almonds (if using), and soak them in water overnight. This is not necessary with pistachios, cashews and walnuts.

Health Benefits: According to Ayurveda, cardamom and cinnamon are warming spices that balance the ‘cooling’ nature of rice, making this a perfect winter dessert. Nuts supply vitamins, minerals, fiber and have a warming, nourishing effect. Raisins nourish the brain and appease the Vata dosha, which tends to flare up during the cold months. Easy-to-digest basmati rice boasts a natural sweetness. Ghee helps carry the lipid soluble portions of the spices and nuts to the lipid-based cell walls of the body.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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2:25AM PDT on May 1, 2013

It is coming into Winter for us in this part of the world, so it will be the perfect time for tyring this dish.. It sound lovely. Thanks!

5:23PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Thank you :)

8:50PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Delightful, looks very delicious. Love adding macadamia, almond and walnuts to many recipes!

6:31PM PST on Mar 1, 2013


9:29AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

;) Thank you for sharing.

9:45PM PDT on May 3, 2012

yummy and nutritious !

2:22AM PST on Dec 16, 2011


4:36AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

3:42PM PST on Dec 1, 2011

wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

7:15PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Love cardamom, thanks!

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I buy it by the pound in Indian grocery stores for around $3.99

Thanks for sharing - I rarely eat any of those foods anymore thank heavens.


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