Breakfast rice

Breakfast rice

Rice?…For breakfast? Count me in.

I’m not sure why I found eating rice for breakfast so taboo, but I did. And let me tell ya, I’ve been missing out.

Lately I’ve been experimenting with new recipes quite a bit (will be blogging many of them over the next few weeks), but mainly lunch and dinner recipes. When it comes to breakfast I’m quite predictable: it’s bran muffins, peanut butter on homemade bread or porridge/oatmeal.

Yet, in conjunction with seeing rice-based breakfast recipes everywhere (Easy Peasy Organic’s Lemony Breakfast Rice; An Open Cookbook’s Black Sticky Rice Breakfast Surprise; Healthy. Happy. Life.’s Almond Arborio Breakfast Porridge with Poached Figs & Salted Peanut Orange-Vanilla RIce Pudding, and Whole Living’s Hot Rice Breakfast Drink) and having some leftover Basmati rice, I decided to change things up. So, I flipped open The Ayurvedic Cookbook by Amadea Morningstar and found her breakfast rice recipe. On ayurvedic cooking, this is a whole new world (don’t tell me those little words don’t connote Aladdin’s carpet ride for you too) for me and I’m just starting to learn and explore, so I cannot really comment much on that front; however, after making a few ayurvedic recipes and reading a bit, I have found the food, thus far, to be really complimentary to my digestion, as well as simple, straightforward and satisfying.

Breakfast rice

Anyway, back to rice for breakfast. If you’re looking for an alternative that is lighter than oatmeal (especially if you use soy milk) then this is a good recipe to try out.

Recipe is after the jump.

Breakfast Rice
Serves: 2 portions*

Ingredients:

1 C Basmati rice, cooked
1 C milk (cow, goat or soy)
1/4 C raisins
1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
Ghee, maple syrup or honey (optional)

Optional additions to garnish:

Toasted sunflower seeds
Pepitas
Sliced Almonds
Shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients in a small saucepan; mix well. Cook on medium heat until hot, about 5 minutes.
  2. And that’s it, just pour the mixture between two bowls and add your optional garnish items. Easy!

Notes:

*I’m not the heartiest of eaters, but at the same time I like to feel satisfied and I found one portion wasn’t quite enough for me. I’m not sure if this goes against ayurvedic principles for my constitution, but I would recommend either increasing the quantities to make your portion slightly more substantial, or amping up those garnishing additions — seeds, chopped nuts, even a touch of nut butter would be more filling (may butcher the flavor though).