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According to Ayurveda, every food items contains varying proportions of six rasas (tastes)- one of them being the Sour taste (Amla). Foods with this taste are excellent at stimulating the Jatharagni (strong digestive fire) which in turn helps eliminate ama (toxins) from the body as waste and also helps keep gas under control.
Try this Lemon Rice to reap the benefits of the sour taste
3 cups rice
6 cups water
½ cup kaju (cashews)
⅓ cup lemon juice
1 tsp sarso ke beej (mustard seeds)
10-15 kadi patta (curry leaves)
1 tsp haldi (turmeric)
¼ tsp hing (asafoetida)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp dhaniya (coriander)
1 ½ tbsp ghee
Boil the rice on a high flame till it comes to a boil. Then cook on a low flame for 10 minutes.
In a separate saucepan, add ghee and mustard seeds and cook on medium heat till the seeds start popping.
At this point, add the turmeric, asafoetida, curry leaves, and salt.
Pour the ghee onto the rice and add the lemon juice.
Mix well and garnish with coriander leaves.
The sour taste helps pacify a vitiated vata but aggravates both the kapha and pitta doshas. If people with a dominant pitta have sour food in excess it can lead to problems such as impurities in the blood, itching, skin problems, infections, fever, thirst and swelling. So make sure you moderate the amount of amla rasa you’re having in your diet.
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