By Dr. Anju Sodhi (BAMS, ND)
Saffron Tapioca Pudding
Saffron is a prime herb in Ayurveda. Though it is excellent in balancing all doshas, it tames Vata during fall in a magical way. Tapioca helps with detoxification and reduces Vata qualities of dry, rough, and cold. Furthermore, tapioca and dates help protect the skin from everyday fall offenses. Honey is a natural antimicrobial that provides warming properties.
Makes 4 Servings
2 teaspoon saffron threads (about 8 threads, depending on flower size)
2 tablespoons hot water
¼ cup small tapioca pearls (not instant)
4 cups of almond or cashew milk (feel free to use a nut-free alternative)
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
¼ cup chopped dates
¼ cup honey (more to taste)
Soak the saffron threads in the hot water. Set aside.
Place the milk into a sauce pan. Soak the tapioca pearls in the milk for 30 minutes. It’s best to have it soak while preparing dinner.
After the tapioca is done soaking, beat the saffron with the soaking water and arrowroot powder together with the pearls using a whisk. Apply medium heat, allowing the ingredients to come to a gentle simmer. Stir constantly. Once bubbles start to form, remove the pot from heat.
Stir in the dates. When ready to serve, top with honey.
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