What's So Amazing About Raisins + 3 Delish Raisins Recipes

What’s So Amazing About Raisins + 3 Delish Raisins Recipes

The health benefits of raisins include relief from constipation, acidosis, anemia, fever and sexual dysfunction. They have also been known to help in attempts to gain weight in a healthy way, as well as for their positive impact on eye health, dental care and bone quality.

Raisins In Ayurveda

Raisins are madhura (sweet) in taste and have a sweet potency as well. They are nothing but dried grapes and grapes are considered superior among all the fruits according to Ayurveda. They balance Vata and Pitta dosha and are one among the ‘swadu triphala‘ or the sweet triphala according to Dhanwanthari Nighantu, an ancient Ayurvedic Classic.

In most of the Ayurvedic preparations where grapes are mentioned as an ingredient, dry grapes are used.

Dry grapes or raisin are useful in the treatment of excessive thirst, fever, respiratory problems, vomiting, gout, liver disorders, excessive burning sensation, dryness and emaciation.

1. Golden Raisins Energy Bites

Ingredients 
1 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon Kosher salt

Directions
Soak the golden raisins in hot water overnight. Drain and set them aside. Blend them together in a blender with the walnuts, flaxseeds and oats. Add the drained raisins, salt and honey. Pulse until you get a thick, sticky consistency. Roll the mixture into individual small balls. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze until they are no longer sticky. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

2. Rice And Raisin Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients
1 cup cooked Basmati rice
1/2 cup seedless raisins
1 cup while milk or soy milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp dry roasted pumpkin seeds, to garnish
1 tsp melted ghee
1 tsp maple syrup or honey

Directions
Put the cooked rice, milk, raisins and cinnamon into a saucepan and cook on medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Add the ghee, honey or maple syrup to taste. Serve in a bowl garnished with pumpkin seeds.

3. Sweet And Sour Raisin Date Chutney

Ingredients
1 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons tamarind pulp
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 inch ginger, sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
1 teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red chili powder, to taste
2 black cardamom seeds
3/4 cup water

Directions
Soak the raisins for about half an hour. Slice the dates into eight pieces. Remove the shell from the cardamom and crush the seeds. In a saucepan, combine the water with the tamarind, sugar, salt, black pepper, red chili powder, cumin powder and cardamom. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer on low heat for about two minutes.

Add the dates, raisins, and ginger. Bring it to a boil and turn off the heat. Let it sit for about an hour before serving. Chutney is served at room temperature and can be refrigerated for a month.

This sweet and sour raisin date chutney is ideal with rice and flat breads. And it’s an awesome recipe for Vata predominant people following a Vata pacifying diet.

Arya Krishna is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, educator, and speaker. She completed her Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kerala, India. She is registered as an Ayurveda doctor (Reg No: 14664) under the Indian Medical Council. She received a Fellowship in Orthopedic Rehabilitation from Apollo group of Institutions, Hyderabad. An editor with the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal, she previously served as the associate editor of the American Ayurvedic Journal of Health. Before moving to the US in 2015, she was Resident Medical Officer (Ayurveda) in AyurVAID hospital, Bangalore and has knowledge and experience in precision and evidence-based Ayurveda. She was an Ayurveda Domain expert with Health Connect 24 – a unique platform to bring together Ayurveda, Yoga and swadeshi. She is efficient in performing all Panchakarma procedures (purification therapies) and has knowledge of Marma Therapy. Other areas of expertise include Ayurveda diet and lifestyle, women’s health, and rasayana (rejuvenation). She works for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda by offering lectures, webinars and contributing to various journals. She is a resource person for the Council of Ayurveda Research (CAR) and is an Ayurvedic blogger with Mother Earth Living. Currently, she is residing in Danville, Pennsylvania and is listed as a BAMS doctor with AAPNA (Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America). She is an Ayurveda Consultant and Educational coordinator with Be Mind Body Skin, New Jersey and Subject Matter Expert at At Home with Ayurveda, UK.

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