Bulgur Wheat Salad

Grains are useful because they help in creating whole proteins when combined with legumes, beans or milk products. (Choose organic non-GMO foods whenever possible.)

Ayurveda recommends having grains at each meal to provide adequate energy for the body. There are a variety of different grains, and each grain has a specific influence on each ayurvedic dosha. Depending on whether the diet you are following is geared towards balancing Vata, Pitta, or Kapha, you should choose the grains that will help balance and nourish your physiology. Vata and Pitta types can consume high quantities of grains, while Kapha types should have smaller amounts to avoid weight gain.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup bulgur wheat
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons finely-chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely-chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon shredded carrots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (1 teaspoon olive oil for Kapha)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • One pinch ginger
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Boil water and add bulgur. Bring to boil, reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes or until bulgur is done.
  2. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Allow it to cool until room temperature or slightly warm.
  3. Add the fresh herbs and carrot. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice and dry spices.
  4. Serve with chickpeas or other legumes.

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