This spiced apple recipe is so simple to make and very easy on your stomach.
It is the perfect dish to start your morning.
It is a simple Ayurvedic breakfast made with typical Indian spices and served warm.
So, if you’ve had a late night, a sour stomach, or just want something soothing for breakfast (or first breakfast), this is the right recipe for you!
What is in this spiced apple recipe
For this recipe you’ll need:
- cinnamon (whole or powder)
- cardamom (whole or powder)
- almonds (sliced or slivered)
I mainly use the red delicious and gala varieties of apples. But you can use whatever is available to you. I personally find the sweeter the apple, the better this dish will taste.
Whole cinnamon and cardamom infuse more potent flavors into the spiced apples. But, if you want more subdued spice levels, feel free to use the powdered spices.
Almonds are a great source of protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. I’ve never tried any nut and seed alternatives but I’m sure cashews, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds would be great options.
Raisins add a pop of extra sweetness. I enjoy the apples with and without the raisins. You can try adding chopped prunes and dates too.
How to make Ayurvedic spiced apples
Most apples are sold with a protective wax coating. I prefer to peel the apples to remove the skin and wax.
But, apple skins have some great benefits. So, if you want to keep the skin, wash the apples with hot water, give it a little scrub and rinse thoroughly. That should get a lot of the wax out.
You can also scrub the apples with baking soda and vinegar before washing with hot water.
It’s up to you. My preference is to peel the skin.
Cut them into bite sized pieces.
To a small pot, add the cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and slivered almonds.
Add the apple pieces and raisins.
Add a little water to the pot and place on low heat.
Boil for 15 to 20 minutes.
Your kitchen will smell exactly like apple pie! It’s smells so delicious and comforting.
Serve the recipe warm.
Can you batch make this recipe
You can absolutely batch make this recipe. But, if you plan to reheat the spiced apples later on or another day, feel free to reduce the cook time by 5 minutes. In that way, you can reheat on the stove or the microwave and have the same apple texture as freshly made spiced apples.
Why make this recipe
Apples contain pectin, a soluble fiber, found in both the peels and in the flesh of the fruit.
This type of fiber is incredibly beneficial to gut health, which is why this recipe is recommended for calming the stomach in Ayurveda.
Pectin acts as a prebiotic which can help maintain the balance of gut microbiota. More than that, it can also preserve the gut barrier function and reduce inflammation (source: 2016 study).
Healthline.com outlines more benefits of pectin. They range from reducing acid reflux, improving diarrhea and constipation and possibly controlling blood sugar.
From my own anecdotal experience, this recipe has helped to calm my stomach and reduce acid reflux symptoms.
But, it’s great as a first breakfast or a pre-breakfast. It’s important to have a simple, more fulling meal within an hour – like toast and eggs or porridge or sada roti and your favorite choka.
Ayurvedic spiced apples recipe
Ayurvedic spiced apples recipe
- 2 apples
- 1/4 piece cinnamon stick (or ¼ tsp cinnamon powder)
- 3 whole cardamom (or ¼ tsp cardamom powder)
- 3 cloves
- 1 tbsp almonds (sliced or slivered)
- 1 tbsp raisins
- ¼ cup water
- Wash apples thoroughly and remove the wax coating or peel the skin.
- Cut the apples into small bite sized pieces.
- Add all ingredients to a small pot.
- Place on low heat and boil for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Serve warm.