Rice cooker baked Kefir sour dough bread

Rice cooker cooking & baking;

‘kefir sour dough bread’


For some years I didn’t have access to a kitchen, and with often traveling and still wanting to cook my own food I improvised a lot with small one dish dishes either on a little electric travel stove or with a small rice cooker. A rice cooker has the advantage that it switches itself to warming when the cooking is done. That allowed me to run numerous yoga workshops, and having my warm kitcheree breakfast after the morning class. Cooking in a rice cooker can help if you are limited in time and still want to eat a warm light meal.

Some bigger and more fancy rice cookers have the option of baking bread and making soup, which led me to experiment with my own small cheap simple rice cooker more. Baking bread and making soup is both possible it just needs a little bit of extra attention.

This recipe is based on ayurvedic recipe of making bread, and I adapted it to baking it in the rice cooker, to satisfy my dietary restrictions; gluten  free and vegan, no processed foods. This is a basic recipe, and you can be as creative with it as you like. Depending on the flour (s) you use, the climate you are in, and the temperament of your rice cooker; time, density and consistency may differ. I will give also directions for different options when some ingredients are not available or not an option.

Of course, when you have an oven you can use the oven instead.

The kefir will give the “sour dough” flavor and texture and has numerous health benefits, is a good pro-biotic and very easy to make your self.

Kefir sour dough bread

(Over night) stand 8 hours

(Can be omitted when using baking powder)

Preparation 10 min

Baking 1.15 min

Cooling down

Makes one round loaf serves 2 people

Ingredients (if possible organic)

1 cup kefir

1 cup ragi flour

1 cup rice flour

(Actually any kind of flour can be used and mixed, I prefer ragi for its many health benefits and even when buying non organic, it will not be grown with too many pesticides. Ragi is aggravating to the pitta constitution which is why I mix it with rice flour. Rice flour also gives a nice consistency.)

Optional 1/4 cup sprouted and grounded beans, seeds and nuts.

1 to 2 cups of water Kefir liquid

(or any other liquid like coconut milk, yoghurt, water but add 2 tea spoons of baking powder) (so not the actual kefir culture but the drink it self, flavored water kefir is also an option)     (milk kefir can be also used, omit baking powder if using)

2 table spoons flax seeds

1.5 cup of boiled water

1/2 lime juice, or 1/4 lemon juice

1 tea spoon of cumin powder

1 tea spoon of fennel seeds


1 tea spoon salt (rock salt, Himalayan salt etc)

Hand full of fresh coriander and/or mint (cooling and improves digestion), or 1 tea spoon of coriander powder and/or dried mint

1 tea spoon of cumin seeds

1 tea spoon of turmeric powder

1 table spoon of coconut oil or any oil you prefer (consider your constitution; pitta use coconut oil, vata use sesame oil, kapha don’t use any oil)

1 table spoon of sesame seeds for garnish (not for pitta constitution)

Some oil to rub the pan (not always necessary)

To create

Put the flax seeds in a cup add boiled water and all other ingredients except the flour (s) and kefir (so all the ingredients listed below flax seeds in the ingredients list until the oil)

Basically you are steeping a flax seeds herb tea for about 5 MIN or longer. The flax seeds (which is an egg replacement) will create the consistency (slimy).

Mix the flours together and if you are using baking powder also the baking powder.

Mix the flax seeds tea / mixture when it’s cooled down a bit with the flour mix. And mix.

Add the kefir or any other liquid slowly and knead the dough while adding the liquid. It’s bread so the dough should be thick and not smooth like cake batter. Keep it a bit dry. Make a ball.

When using kefir keep it in a warm dark place for about 8 hours, when using baking powder you can still let it rise for about 25 MIN and then proceed.

Knead again.

Put it into the rice cooker pan, rubbed with some oil if you prefer, and add some sesame seeds on top for garnish (omit for pitta constitution)

Close the cooker and press the heat button. After 5 to 10 MIN the cooker will jump to warm, let it be there for about 15 MIN, and then press heating again. Repeat 4 times. Check if ready, if still to soft and moist, though sour dough will be a bit moist and soft, one more time press heat. When ready, take the pan out, let the bread cool I the pan tilted in and up side down position.



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the best time to start a yoga practice

It is always a good time to start a yoga practice, and the earlier you start in your adult life the better. According yoga and ayurveda the best time to start is when the seasons are changing into Spring or into Autumn. In Spring and Autumn the body is more receptive to change, and flexibility will progress easier and strength accumulated faster. From these two, Spring is the best time of the year to start with yoga, as Spring is the season of growth.  In winter and summer the body is more steady and the yoga practice will be more stable.

Early morning around sun rise is the best time to begin your yoga practice  (which can be any of the limbs ; asana, pranayama, meditation etc) as with the change from night into day the body is the most receptive for change. It is also the time that nature is calm, quiet and concentration comes easier and natural.

Children from age 7 or 8 can start with classical sun salutations. Around 17 or 18 an Ashthanga vinyasa practice could be started. From the age of 12 next to the sun salutations Hatha yoga asana can be introduced, which should be hold for short duration and practiced more dynamically and with repetition.

After the body turned 28, the regeneration process is slowing down and the body starts losing its youthfulness. Joints (connective tissue) can shrink and fuse. Healing an repair takes longer time and is executed with less quality. The body intelligence works according  the “when you not use it you lose it”. For some time this process is reversible, though the older you get it will become harder and will more time to slow down, stop or to reverse this process. At all stages and ages yoga can definitely help.

Any kind of stretching exercises you have done in your past, down to childhood, the body will remember and it will be a little bit easier to get some of that openness back later. It will also go a little bit faster. Being exposed to stretching on an early age will definitely benefit you at an older age. Whenever you do yoga (asana, pranayama and meditation) it will be all stored in your “health ” bank account, to receive that profit later in life. Keep in mind that the later your started in life with yoga, it will take longer and more effort to regain your natural openness , but it won’t be impossible. And with all the benefits, directly, short term and long term, it is never too late to start yoga.

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gentle flow


Upstairs Studio @ Dili  Wellness 

12:30-1:30pm = gentle flow
Gentle flow is hatha yoga asanas combined into calm paced sequence working the complete body and mind, and with extra attention to the hips.


Drop-in = $10

5-class pass = $40 (valid for 6 weeks)

*Ahimsa-ka prefers pre-registration for all of his classes.  Please pre-register by contacting him at: ahimsaka.satya@gmail.com+670-7349-7678.

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wake up yoga


Upstairs Studio @ Dili  Wellness 

Celebrate a new day with a 2-in-1 dynamic yoga class:
6:15-6:45am = wake-up yoga, short

(Sun salutations + variations: take some rest and move wakefully into your day.)

6:15-7:30am = wake-up yoga, long

(Or, stay and continue into a standard ashtanga inspired morning yoga sequence.)
Both parts of this unit class are intended to create your own morning yoga ritual.  For regular practitioners the class can be modified to create your own personalized yoga routine.  For the occasional practitioner and the curious a wholistic, dynamic yoga sequence is offered to help you feel complete and awake in this new day.


Drop-in for short session = $8

Drop-in for long session = $15

5-class pass for short session = $25 (valid for 1 week only, Monday-Friday)

5-class pass for long session = $60 (valid for 1 week only, Monday-Friday, for any long wake up yoga or yin classes)
20-class pass = $200 (valid for 1 month only, for any long wake up yoga or yin classes)

*Ahimsa-ka prefers pre-registration for all of his classes.  Please pre-register by contacting him at: ahimsaka.satya@gmail.com+670-7349-7678

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yin afternoon yoga


Cafe Studio @ Dili  Wellness 

4:30-6:00pm = yin afternoon yoga

An hour and a half of a calming yoga practice focusing physically on connective tissue, especially hips and lower back, mentally on calming the mind to provide stillness, and energetically on the meridians (energy lines) interconnecting our complete being and creating awareness and wholeness.  Poses are held for longer periods of time, 3 to 5 minutes.  Props are used to make yourself comfortable.  The mind is eased into a state of letting go.  These classes can be used to maintain or regain mobility and openness in your joints, to unwind, or as a journey into meditation, all of which are complimentary and beneficial to a more vigorous yoga practice and a lifestyle where having stress is part of the norm.

Drop-in = $15

5-class pass = $60 (valid for 1 week only, for any yin or long wake up yoga classes)
20-class pass = $200 (valid for 1 month only, for any yin or long wake up yoga classes)

*Ahimsa-ka prefers pre-registration for all of his classes.  Please pre-register by contacting him at: ahimsaka.satya@gmail.com,+670-7349-7678.

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Saturday yoga classes at Dili Wellness


Upstairs Studio @ Dili Wellness
The Saturday classes are an  extension of the wake up yoga classes throughout the week. 

6.30-8:30am = ashtanga primary series
This class will go back to the source and focus on the ashtanga primary series.


Drop-in = $20

10-class pass = $150 (valid for 6 weeks, for any class with same duration and price)



Upstairs Studio @ Dili Wellness 

5:00-7:00pm = back bend class
This class starts where the morning class ends, with back bending.  This class can be used to venture further and deeper into your yoga practice and is a good preparation for the Sunday morning classes.


Drop-in = $20

10-class pass = $150 (valid for 6 weeks, for any class with same duration and price)

*Ahimsa-ka prefers pre-registration for all of his classes.  Please pre-register by contacting him at: ahimsaka.satya@gmail.com,+670-7349-7678

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Sunday yoga classes at Dili Wellness


Upstairs Studio @ Dili Wellness
The two hour Sunday classes offer more time to practice and explore your yoga practice in general (Sunday morning classes) or specific elements thereof (early afternoon vinyasa technics, late afternoon yin yoga with meditation and relaxation).

7:00-9:00am = morning yoga

This is a more advanced class, for a morning practice.  It is inspired by the ashtanga vinyasa yoga style, and depending on the level of the students, poses from the 2nd and/or 3rd ashtanga series can be practiced.

10:00am-12:00pm = introduction to morning yoga 

This is an ashtanga primary series introduction class.  This class is recommended for anyone that likes to come to the week day ‘wake-up yoga’ morning classes, and/or that that wants to be introducted to it to get more background information.

1:00-3:00pm = vinyasa technics
The early afternoon class is more of a hands-on practice class going into the vinyasa techniques such as floating forward and backward, lifting up into handstands, inversions, and more.


4:00-6:00pm = yin yoga
This class will wind down into stillness, with the focus being on active relaxation, breath work, and meditation, by staying longer in supported ‘yin’ poses.


Drop-in = $20

10-class pass = $150 (valid for 6 weeks, for any class with same duration and price)

*Ahimsa-ka prefers pre-registration for all of his classes.  Please pre-register by contacting him at: ahimsaka.satya@gmail.com,+670-7349-7678.

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Balinese new year yoga & meditation retreat

An opening into Silence.
5 – 12 March 2016
A yoga asana & meditation retreat strung together around the Balinese Hindu New Year Ceremony, Nyepi.

@ palm grove & seaside location East Bali.

In March this year Bali will celebrate its own new year with a whole day of complete stillness, Nyepi.
The airport will be closed, roads will be deserted, no traffic, no Wi Fi, no use of electicity, no distractions, …
where is the mind?
A day of introspection…

Ahimsaka together with baliashramyoga is guiding a 7 day retreat into Silence, woven around the day of Nyepi. The classes will move towards this silent day with, next to the yoga asana classes, different technics for turning our senses inwards, concentration exercises, and meditation. To provide you with inner stillness and a routine to keep that Silence within you from that moment onwards…
Nothing is obligated and we will strive to cater to personal needs.

The retreat is hosted at a Gandhian Ashram at the sea side. A place that breathes stillness itself, and invites simplicity.

5 to 12 March 2016.
For more information