Hot Cereal with Raisins


Vata is balanced best when the tastes of sweet, sour, and salty are emphasized in a meal. What I love about this breakfast is that all three of those all-important tastes are represented. Oats and wheat bran provide the sweetness, salt takes care of salty, and the addition of lemon juice adds just the right hint of sour. Overall. Overall, it's a nice change for vata to start the day with a warm and savory palette. Plus, the demulcent, high-fiber laxative qualities of this hot cereal benefit vata's digestion.


  • 1 C water
  • 1/3 C Bob's Red Mill Organic High Fiber Hot Cereal
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C organic raisins
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp ground dried ginger
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice, optional


In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the water, hot cereal, and salt to boil. Immediately reduce to simmer. Stir in the raisins and continue to stir constantly until the cereal is thick and creamy, 5 minutes or less.

Transfer the hot cereal to a bowl and immediately stir in the ghee and ginger. Top with lemon juice.

Recipe copyright Talya Lutzker and Talya's Kitchen, 2014