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Ayurvedic Chai Spiced Porridge

August 2, 2016 by Zhane Orr-O'Farrel

According the most ancient Indian medical system – Ayurveda, breakfast should be a light, easily digestible and warm meal. It is said that warm foods will help re-kindle the digestive fire after a night of fasting.

Based on the Indian breakfast dish ‘Daliya’ made of broken wheat and germ, comes this Ayurvedic Chai Spiced Porridge, bringing together Ayurveda’s love for spices and a warm porridge, made all the lighter and fluffier by the use of the ancient grain quinoa.

Ayurvedic Chai Spiced Porridge Recipe Vegan, Gluten Free, Nut Free.  


½ Cup Quinoa Flakes

2/3 Cup Coconut Milk

1/2 Cup Water

1/2 Tsp Cinnamon

1/4 Tsp Cardamom

1/4 Tsp Nutmeg

1/4 Tsp Ginger

1 Tsp Honey


Grilled Peaches

1 Tbsp. Tahini

How to:

Combine Quinoa Flakes, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Nutmeg, Ginger, Honey and Coconut Milk in a saucepan and simmer, slowing adding and stirring through additional water until you have reached the desired consistency. This will take between 3 – 5 minutes. Set aside.

Slice figs length ways and in a separate pan, simply place face down and grill until tender and lightly spotted.

Pour Porridge mixture into bowl and top with Grilled Peaches and a drizzle of Tahini.

As the Ayurvedic tradition suggests, this meal is best enjoyed in a calm and quiet space where you can eat mindfully and enjoy the full benefits of such a nourishing and healing meal.

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