This ayurvedic stewed apples recipe is a wonderful pre-breakfast dish that is soothing and calming for your digestive system.
To make this simple ayurveda breakfast recipe, boil apple pieces in water with warming spices like cinnamon, clove and cardamom for 15 minutes before serving warm.
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Ingredients for Ayurvedic stewed apples
For this recipe, I used:
- apples: any type of organic apples will work for this recipe. I prefer red and gala varieties since they tend to be sweeter but whatever is in season or available to you is perfectly fine.
- cinnamon: you can use either cinnamon stick pieces or cinnamon powder for this recipe. The cinnamon stick gives the apples a more subtle flavor though.
- cardamom: like cinnamon, both whole cardamom pods or cardamom powder can be used for this recipe.
- almonds: any almonds without the skin works well here. Sliced or slivered are great options.
- raisins: these add wonderful pops of sweetness to the spiced apples. I enjoy the apples with and without the raisins. You can try adding chopped prunes and dates too.
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How to make Ayurveda stewed apples
Prep the apples
Step 1: Most apples are sold with a protective wax coating which is not something I want to eat. So, although apple peels have great health benefits, I prefer to remove them. I wash the apples with warm soapy water and peel the skin.
Step 2: Cut into small bite sized pieces.
Stew the apples
Step 3: Place a small saucepan on low heat. Add all the ingredient to the pot – cinnamon, cardamom, clove, slivered almonds, apple pieces, raisins and water.
Step 4: Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 5: Remove from the heat and serve warm as a pre-breakfast. I recommend having a simple, fulling meal with protein an hour after having these stewed apples.
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Benefits of Ayurveda stewed apples
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. In fact, having just one spoonful can quickly ease any heartburn I may experience.
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Ayurvedic stewed apples recipe
Ayurvedic stewed apples (Ayurveda breakfast 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.