Millet Brown Rice Spring Pilaf

In Ayurveda, we preference whole foods over processed foods.  Learning to incorporate whole grains into the diet in an easy way can be a fun and tasty adventure!  This grain pilaf is good anytime for all the doshas but with the use of millet, a drier grain, it makes a particular good grain option for the kapha dosha and the spring kapha season.

Breaking down the kapha lower actions in the ingredients:

  • Millet is a dry and light grain that has a mild diuretic quality
  • Brown rice is slightly heating and more balancing for kapha than white rice
  • Sunflower seeds are lighter than the heavier nuts and in balanced amounts add a nice crunch and flavor that is okay for kapha.
  • Fresh parsley is a powerful diuretic that is also hot and dry in nature.  It is a great choice to pull of excess kapha water without creating an electrolyte imbalance.
    Rice Cooker Millet Brown Rice Pilaf


    • 1/3 c. brown basmati rice
    • 1/3 c. millet
    • 2 c. filtered water
    • 1 Tbsp. olive oil or ghee
    • 1/4 tsp. soma salt
    • 1/2 tsp. dill
    • 1/4 tsp. dried basil
    • 1/8 tsp. oregano
    • 2 Tbsp. roasted sunflower seeds


    1. Rinse the grains.
    2. In your rice cooker, add the ghee or oil and press start.
    3. When the oil is melted/warm, add the spices and stir. *an Italian spice mix of your choice can be substituted for the individual spices.
    4. Add the grains and seeds and stir.
    5. Add the water.
    6. Press start.
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