Rustic Polenta Muffins with Pine Nuts

These muffins are savory and studded with pine nuts which make them an excellent accompaniment to dinners and luncheons. They are also great as breakfast dish. The best part is that they are easy to prepare and do not take too much time. They are healthy along with being filling and satiating.


Duration: 1hr

Ayurvedic Masala Rice

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The recipe is simple and does not require any grueling work on your part.

  • 2 cups rice
  • ½ cup chopped zucchini
  • ½ cup green beans
  • ½ cup chopped potatoes, carrots, or cauliflower or green peas
  • ½ tsp black mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 pinch asafetida
  • Salt to taste
  • 10-12 whole cloves
  • 1 inch piece of finely diced ginger
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5-10 bay leaves
  • 10 pods of cardamom
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • 2 cloves finely chopped garlic
  • ½ cup ghee
  • 1 tbs shredded coconut
  • ½ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • Wash the rice properly and also wash and chop the vegetables.
  • Put the coconut and ¼ cup of cilantro ginger and ½ cup water in a blender and blend till it is a semi liquid.
  • Heat the ghee in a medium size saucepan and add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and asafetida and wait till the mustard seeds pop.
  • Once this is done, add the rest of the spices like bay leaves, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon.
  • Once you can smell the fragrance of the spices add the blended mixture into the saucepan.
  • Also add garlic, salt and turmeric and cook till the garlic become slightly brown.
  • Add the vegetables and rice to this mixture and mix thoroughly then add the chili powder. Pour in 5 cups of water and bring the mixture to a boil turn the flame to medium low and cover loosely.
  • Cook until the vegetables and rice are tender, which will take about 20 minutes.
  • Turn this preparation into a dish and squeeze fresh lime juice on it.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cilantro and coconut on it.
  • This dish is a wholesome meal in itself and apart from the nutritional benefits of the rice and vegetables the spices added to this dish also have many benefits for the health. It is advised to be had during the warm season because the spices will activate the sweat glands and cause you to sweat hence releasing the heat of the body. Then again as most people know that cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves, etc. have their own nutritional and health benefits.
  • Cinnamon is good for diabetics and protects from heart disease. Cinnamon is also loaded with anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. Cardamom has antioxidant and diuretic properties and lowers the blood pressure. Bay leaves are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C potassium, iron, magnesium and calcium. Turmeric, ginger etc. also have their own benefits.
  • All in all masala vegetable rice is a wonderful meal in itself providing the body with many much needed nutrients.