This breakfast will make your day.
It is the perfect light and warming start to the day.
Try this deliciously healthy and very special porridge recipe for breakfast.
In India they call it 'Daliya' which is a popular breakfast cereal in Northern India. It is made with whole wheat grits or broken wheat.
This warm Ayurveda breakfast porridge has conquered my heart. I actually grew up with it as my Dad makes it every morning for breakfast. I tell you, there is nothing better than smelling the delicious fragrance of mixed spiced, ghee and roasted grain, when you are getting up.
When you eat it and scoop it your body feels the nourishment of this healthy porridge. A balanced breakfast is super important for starting the day. This porridge is super tasty and filling. Due to its high fibre context it helps to maintain the digestive fire and satisfying your hunger.
This porridge is very special and ideal for people having a problem with sugar, high cholesterol levels or want to lose excessive weight. Being a complex carbohydrate, the rate at which it gets digested it slow thus releasing glucose on a slow and sustained rate.
Burn, baby, burn!
Ayurvedic nutrition recommend to start the day is with a meal that is light, easy to digest, and, most importantly warm. This will help to kindle your digestive fire, after fasting overnight. We do not want to shock the digestive system first thing with something too cold or too heavy in the morning. In Ayurveda it is believed that breakfast should not be the biggest meal of the day. Lunch is considered the largest, heaviest meal, as it is when the digestive fire is at its strongest – just as the sun is at that time of day. (Read on here) A heavy breakfast leads to sluggishness, and all of your energy rushing to the belly to start the hard work of digesting and processing. Instead, offer yourself a light and warming start to the day with this Ayurvedic porridge
Make sure to eat your meal with full awareness and attention in a relaxed manner, to enjoy the full benefits of such healing and nourishing food.
ALL YOU NEED:
- 1 1/2 cups of fresh grains, finely ground - I used quinoa, gluten free oats and barley, but feel free to mix to your liking with amaranth or buckwheat.
- 3-4 large tablespoons organic homemade ghee or coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- one handful of chopped organic medjool dates
- one handful of almonds or cashew nut, soaked overnight in water
- 2-3 cups of boiling water
If you don't have a stone mill at home to grind your grains you can also use a food processor or mortar to turn your grains into finer flour.
THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT:
- Finely grind your grains and give them a good 'massage' with your hands so that the grains they are equally sized and well combined.
- Slowly heat the ghee in a pan on medium heat until small bubbles appear when you stick the wooden spoon inside.
- Add the grains and stir well for about 5 minutes and fry until golden and start to roast. You will smell it - the grains give a nice fragrance when they start to brown. But watch out not to burn the grains!
- Meanwhile boil the water in a kettle.
- Add the almonds and dates and fry together with the grains for about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the hot water and stir well. Watch out to not burn yourself as it can get a little lively.
- Now put down the temperature and let cook for about 30 minutes.
- You will realise the porridge is done when the fat starts to separate from the Daliya porridge.
- Serve in bowls and top with whatever super food or topping you like.
My tip for all chocolate lovers. I like my Daliya best with a couple of 70% dark chocolate pieces. I simply love how it melts into the warm porridge. Its best enjoyed with some homemade Yogi Chai.