Ginger and Turmeric Rice | Kapha Balancing

By Angela Glaz

500 Hour E-RYT and Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor

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Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 10-15minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup white basmati rice

  • 1.5 cups water

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or oil of choice)

  • 2 cloves garlic minced

  • 1 tablespoon ginger

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric 

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • ½ cup dried cranberries

  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped

  • ¼ cup pine nuts

  • Sea Salt, to taste

  • Ground black pepper, to taste


  • Add all ingredients for the rice except for the dried cranberries to a small pot, cover, and bring to a full boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, covered, until rice has absorbed all liquid (about 15 minutes). 

  • A few minutes before rice is finished cooking, stir the dried cranberries into the rice - this allows them to plump up and lends more flavor to the rice. Re-place the cover and continue to cook.

  • Serve with fresh cilantro and pine nuts.


  • Basmati Rice: One of the easiest grains for the body to digest. 

  • Ginger: Aids in digestion.

  • Garlic: Aids in digestion and can help reduce the symptoms of colds, which is one of the most common kapha imbalances. 

  • Turmeric: Contains curcumin, which helps reduce inflammation and oxidation, which play a role in heart disease as well.

  • Dried Cranberries: The dry and light qualities of dried cranberries helps balance the heavy and moist qualities of kapha. 

  • Cilantro: Supports heart health and blood sugar levels. 

  • Lemon Juice: While lemon juice may seem more acidic in nature, both lemons and limes are alkaline, which means they are good for helping maintain healthy digestion for all of the doshas.

  • Pine Nuts: Can help suppress appetite and boost energy levels. 

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