A Weight Reducing Dish for Kapha Individuals
*Note: If you have a kidney infection or issues with the kidneys, you want to work on your kidney issues first before doing this. Also, when using guggul, you want to avoid eating other sour, sharp and indigestible things, exhausting yourself, sex, sun exposure, alcohol and anger.
Serves: 4-5 people
Preparation: 30 minutes
- 1/2 cup barley
- 1/2 cup garbanzo beans
- 2 1/2 cups peas
- 3 carrots
- 1 tsp. guggul*
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 1 tsp. cardamom
- 1 tsp. mustard seeds
- 1 tsp. triphalá*
- 1 tsp. musta
- 3 cups water
- 3 tsp. mustard or canola oil
Soak the barley and garbanzo beans overnight in water. Wash the peas and carrots. Scrape off the carrot skins and slice into pieces. In separate pots, place the barley and the garbanzo beans. Add 1-1/2 cups of water to each pot and bring to a boil. Lower the flame to a slow boil and cook for 10 minutes or until soft. Then steam the vegetables for 2 to 3 minutes.
Place the oil and three mustard seeds in a frying pan and raise the flame to high. When the mustard seeds pop, reduce the flame to low and add the remaining herbs. Stir until the aromas of the herbs are released, and then add the barley mix.
*You can purchase Triphala Guggul
as one item, though there are benefits of buying them separate.
Other awesome info about this dish
(according to “The Ayurveda Encyclopedia” and Banyan Botancial’s website)
- Musta is great for people with yeast or candida issues
- Many of the herbs like triphala and musta are great for helping to release toxins.
- Triphala is balancing for all the doshas, and for anything tridoshic, great for constipation or diarrhea, the eyes, cleansing & detoxing the colon, great for Kapha issues, gas, distention, diabetes and parasites.
- Turmeric is great for helping to balance intestinal flora
- Some great things about Barley: it helps stimulate the liver and lymphatic system, is great for the lungs, and good in fiber. It contains calcium, iron, protein and potassium. It also prevents cholesterol absorption in the intestines and aids the suppression of cholesterol in the liver.
- Garbanzo beans are very strengthening and nutritive to the system.
- Many of the items in this dish are also super healthy for the brain 🙂
- Green peas help to eliminate gas and helps rid colon of stools
Other uses for some of the herbs
- Guggul – I sometimes put about 1/8 tsp (only once per day), in with a nice tea. Careful… Guggul for the first few days of using it may cause your gas to be putrid (toxins are moving out of the deeper layers… so, in reality this is a very good sign – just kind of stinky for a few days. Another way to think about it — that’s how your cells smell… eek)! Also, see the note at the top as that is all about Guggul.
- Triphala is a great multi-function herb. You can make it into a tea (1/4 tsp in 1 cup hot water, steep for 5 minutes), and use this as a mouth wash after doing oil pulling or after brushing your teeth (or better yet, brush your teeth, do oil pulling for 2 to 5 minutes, then gargle with enough Triphala tea to gargle with, then spit out, and you can drink the rest in the cup).