Crunched for Time? Rice Cooker to the Rescue!


Did you ever receive a rice cooker in a secret santa gift exchange? 

I did. Upon receiving I was skeptical. However, I wish I had known what a great gift I had just been given!

It wasn’t until years later that a friend taught me about the the beauty of rice cooker cookery.  The basics- just put it in there, rice, vegetables and spices. Done, let it cook into a glorious, grounding, healthy one-pot meal.

Below you have a simple Vata-Pitta pacifying healthy rice cooker recipe. Enjoy!



  • 1 1/3 cups brown basmati rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 medium sweet potato, roughly chopped
  • 2 small yellow onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 bunch of kale, washed, stripped of the stalk and torn in small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Place all ingredients in the rice cooker and set to “Cook”.  Forget about it, read your favorite book, call your best friend, take a bath and watch the sunset.  Come back to the kitchen after about an hour.
  2. Scoop into your favorite bowl. Perhaps garnish with a tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil.  Add salt to taste.  If you have a “cold” constitution, add some spicy condiment to the bowl (my favorite is sriracha) and mix it up.

This healthy rice cooker recipe is a perfect simple meal after wild weekend extravaganzas. Easy, healthy and relaxing! A great addition to your Ayurveda routine.



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