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Updated: Jan 10, 2023

Simple rice and vegetables is the ultimate recovery food, next to a basic Kitchari. Basmati rice is one of the easiest grains to digest for all body types, creating a Sattvic or completely harmoniously eco-system in the stomach and digestive tract. Added with fresh vegetables and digestive spices, this recipe can be used to recover from illness, over-indulgent festive seasons or surgery. Better yet, from start to finish this recipe will take you 20 minutes, holds around 4 servings and is all done in one pot. It is a very simple food, more designed for healing and nourishment than intense flavour. It is also a wonderful recipe to get your little ones started on solid foods. You can fold through a 1/2 teaspoon of ghee or coconut oil while the rice is still warm, making it deliciously nourishing for young tummies.


  • 1 cup organic basmati rice

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds and coriander powder

  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder and turmeric powder

  • 1 cup fresh seasonal vegetables finely chopped

  • Pink Himalayan rock salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste (you can omit the pepper if feeding young ones)

  • 3 cups fresh water


  1. Combine all ingredients well in a medium sized saucepan.

  2. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil.

  3. Immediately lower the temperature to a gentle simmer for approximately 20 minutes until the rice and vegetables are cooked and much of the water is absorbed. Throughout cooking, take the lid off every 5-6 minutes to lightly stir and combine ingredients.

  4. Serve immediately with the oils mentioned above for children.

DISCLAIMER The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the science of Ayurveda. If you have an acute or chronic health concern, please consult your chosen trained health care professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner, contact The Sattva Centre directly -

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