Lime Rice

Indian Name: Nimbu Chawal

Source: Jiva Newsletter November, 2010 Partap Chauhan

Ayurvedic Properties of Lime Rice:
Madhura Rasa (sweet)
Quality: Snigdha (unctuous), Laghu (light)
Potency: Sheeta (cold)
Post-digestive effect: Madhura

Medicinal Properties of Lime Rice: This recipe is cooling in nature and thus pacifies Pitta Dosha. It is easy to digest and might increase Vata, which is why it is balanced with lime, cumin seeds, hing (asafoetida), and mustard seeds. It is good for diarrhea, anorexia, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This recipe is also good for post-surgical patients.

People who have a tendency for constipation should avoid eating rice.

Dosha Analysis:
It pacifies Pitta and increases Vata Dosha.


•  1 cup white rice (it is better to use
   one-year-old rice)
•  2 cups water
•  1 tbsp urad dal (black gram)
•  ½ tsp. mustard seeds
•  ½ tsp. turmeric powder
•  1 pinch hing
•  1 tsp. whole cumin seeds
•  1 tsp. fresh lime juice
   (or more to taste)
•  2 tbs. ghee
•  1 tsp. salt


•  Cook rice with water for 10 to 12
•  Sautee spices (except for salt) and
   the dal in melted ghee.
•  Mix rice and sautéed spice mix
•  Add lime juice and salt after removing
   the mixture from the burner.
•  Serve hot.