Mid-East Pilaf

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Mid-East Pilaf
3 c Hot cooked rice
1 tb Vegetable oil
1 md Onion; chopped
1 c Chopped dried apricots
1 tb Brown sugar
2/3 c Cashew bits or halves
1/3 c Raisins
1/4 ts Salt
1/4 ts Ground cinnamon
1/4 ts Cracked black pepper
1/8 ts Cardamom
1/8 ts Ground cloves
1/3 c Apple juice

1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Sauté onion with brown sugar 3 to 5 minutes or until onion is golden brown.
3. Add cashews and raisins; sauté 2 to 3 minutes until nuts begin to brown and raisins plump.
4. Add rice, apricots, salt, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom and cloves.
5. Stir in apple juice. Heat thoroughly and serve.
Makes 6 servings
TCM Analysis:
Rice- sweet, neutral, supplements SP/ST, generates/preserves body fluids
Vegetable oil- neutral, sweet, sour, astringent; LV/LU, clears heat, detoxifies, generates fluids
Onion- acrid, neutral, LU/ST, clears heat relieves toxicity, transforms phlegm/damp
Apricot- neutral, sweet, sour, moistens LU, increases yin fluids
Brown sugar- sweet, warm, SP/ST/LV, supplements MJ, expels cold, inv. blood, moves LV qi
Cashew- sweet, neutral
Raisins- sweet, sour, neutral, LV/KD/UB
Salt- salty, cool, softening, KD
Cinnamon- warm, acrid, sweet, SP/ST/UB, dispels cold, promotes circulation
Black Pepper- acrid, warm, ST/LI, warms middle, expels damp/cold
Cardamom- acrid, aromatic, SP/ST/LV, digestive problems
Clove- acrid, warm, ST/KD, warms MJ, dispels cold
Apple Juice- sweet, sour, reduces heat, produces fluids for the body, moistens dryness, cool LU, cleansing and beneficial for LV/GB
Overall Pattern: The acrid ingredients help move the LV qi, and the sweet ingredients help nourish SP/ST.