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Avocado fried rice — Ayurvedic summer recipe

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Avocado Fried Rice Ayurveda

I can’t imagine a better food pairing than rice and avocado.

This dish perfectly captures that combination, making it an ideal meal for the summer months.

Especially cooling for Pitta and grounding for Vata try this avocado fried rice for a quick lunch or dinner —why not for breakfast?— to feel satisfied and bring a smile to your belly.

How to Eat During Summer

It’s always a good idea to tailor dietary recommendations to align with the changing seasons, ensuring that we maintain optimal health throughout the year. During the summer months, the body’s internal heat increases, paralleling the external environment.

This Pitta dosha season is characterized by the predominance of fire, heat, and sharp qualities. Hence, to prevent aggravation of Pitta, our diet should focus on cooling, hydrating, and light foods.

Don’t know your dosha? Discover your doshic blueprint here.

Cool and Hydrating Foods: Emphasize the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as cucumbers, melons, leafy greens, and berries. These foods help to cool the body from the inside out and maintain hydration, which is crucial during the hot summer days.

Avoid Hot, Spicy, and Oily Foods: Foods that are overly spicy, oily, or salty can increase the internal heat and should be minimized. Instead, opt for lighter meals that are easier to digest, such as steamed vegetables, salads, and grains like quinoa and barley.

Herbs and Spices: Incorporate cooling herbs and spices into your meals, such as mint, fennel, coriander, and cardamom. These not only add flavour but also help in soothing the digestive system and reducing Pitta-related imbalances.

Beverages: Stay hydrated with plenty of water and cooling drinks. Coconut water is particularly beneficial due to its naturally cooling properties. Herbal teas made from mint, hibiscus, or aloe vera can also provide relief from the summer heat.

Vata dosha nutritional guidelines

Pitta dosha nutritional guidelines

Kapha dosha nutritional guidelines

Ayurvedic-Inspired Avocado Fried Rice

This avocado fried rice is one of the recipes I do whenever I just have leftover rice, a ripe avocado, and no time.

In Ayurveda, every food item is understood through three essential qualities: rasa (taste), virya (potency), and vipaka (post-digestive effect). These qualities together influence how food interacts with the doshas (bodily energies) and overall health.

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Ayurvedic Perspective on Rice

I use white basmati rice as I love its aroma and texture. Additionally, it’s a tridoshic food, meaning it helps balance the three constitutions: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Basmati rice is considered in Ayurveda to be sattvic, nourishing, and easy to digest, but only if you cook it properly, with enough water, and a bit of cumin seeds to facilitate its digestion.

Basmati rice primarily exhibits a sweet taste, which is nurturing and grounding. This makes it particularly suitable for calming Vata and Pitta doshas, which often benefit from the sweet taste’s stabilizing nature.

It has a somewhat cooling virya. This cooling potency helps pacify the heat of Pitta dosha while maintaining a gentle effect that does not aggravate Kapha.

The vipaka of basmati rice is also sweet, which ensures it maintains its nourishing and soothing effects even after digestion. This consistency in its post-digestive effect makes white basmati rice an ideal food for sustaining balanced health.

Moreover, white basmati rice is light and wholesome, making it a suitable addition to a Kapha-pacifying diet too when consumed in moderation. I also make sure I add spices that enhance the tridoshic qualities of this avocado fried rice, such as ginger, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and garlic.

An Ayurvedic View on Avocado

Avocado has a primarily sweet taste (madhura rasa) with a slight astringent undertone. The sweet taste is nourishing and grounding, providing sustenance and satisfaction.

The virya of avocado is cooling (shita virya). This cooling nature helps to pacify the Pitta dosha, which is specially aggravated during the hot summer months. By reducing internal heat, avocado can help in maintaining balance and promoting a soothing effect on the body.

The vipaka of avocado is sweet (madhura vipaka). In the post-digestive phase, sweet vipaka continues to have a nourishing, stabilizing effect, further supporting bodily tissues and promoting overall strength and immunity.

Moreover, avocado is heavy and oily which can help neutralize Vata’s dry and mobile characteristics. Vata constitution can benefit from adding avocados to the diet as they provide lubrication to the joints and tissues, but should also consume them in balance with other warming and grounding foods to avoid excessive cooling.

On the other hand, Kaphas should only eat them occasionally, due to their sweet taste and oiliness, which can be aggravating.

Avocado Fried Rice Recipe

Avocado Fried Rice

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic white basmati rice (cooked)
  • 1 organic ripe avocado
  • 1 tbsp ghee or olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a heavy frying pan on medium heat, add the oil.
  • When the oil is hot, add the garlic, cumin, and mustard seeds.
  • Stir for a minute or until the seeds pop.
  • Add the rest of the spices, and mix well.
  • Add the cooked rice, yeast, and cilantro and stir quickly.
  • When all ingredients are well combined, add the sliced avocado and mix again. Don't mash the avocado completely! It is nice to find some chunks in the rice!
  • Serve immediately in a bowl.
  • Top with more cilantro and yeast.
  • Chew well and pair it with a cup of lemongrass tea.

While this summer recipe is tridoshic, here are additional recommendations to better align it with your specific dosha:

  • Vata: Add some paprika and 1/2 tbsp of liquid aminos to the rice before adding the avocado.
  • Pitta: Leave out the garlic, the ginger, and the mustard seeds. Instead, add coriander seeds and fresh mint.
  • Kapha: Eat this dish only occasionally! And when you do, make sure you add extra black pepper and also some fenugreek seeds to reduce the heaviness and oiliness of the avocado.

Interested in another Avocado recipe?

Try my Avocado Toast with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms.

It is to die for!

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