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Beetroot dry curry(beetroot thoran)

‘Thoran’ is basically a dry dish which can be prepared using vegetables and spices. This is a classic Kerala Stir Fry /Thoran using Beetroot. Beetroot supports our body by boosting immunity, lowering blood pressure, improving blood pressure etc. Ingredients Beetroot: 1 large (finely chopped) Shallots: 1-2 (thinly sliced) Garlic: 2 pods (crushed) Green chilies: 3-4 Cumin Seeds: 1/4 tsp Grated Coconut: 1/4 cup Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds: 1 tsp Curry leaves: 1 spring Oil: 1 tbsp Salt to taste Preparation 1 – Using your hands mix thoroughly the chopped beetroots, grated coconut, with turmeric powder, shallots, cumin seeds, garlic, salt, and curry leaves. 2 – Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and when it’s starting to splutter. 3 – Add the beetroot mixture and sprinkle very little water on the top and cover the pan and cook on low heat, stirring occasionally; After 5 minutes … Continue reading “Beetroot dry curry(beetroot thoran)”

Steamed Asparagus with Sunflower Seed Sauce

Asparagus is a wonder of early spring. Fresh asparagus is so delicious when steamed and coated with sunflower seed sauce. Ingredients Fresh Asparagus- 2 bunches Chopped Parsley – 2 tablespoons For Sauce: Sunflower Butter – 1/2 cup Warm Water – 1/2 cup Olive Oil – 4 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice – 3 tablespoons Tamari Soy Sauce – 1 tablespoon Garlic, minced – 1 clove Red Pepper Flakes- 1 pinch or to taste Preparation: Peel off the hard outer layer of the asparagus spears. Put the asparagus into a colander over a large pan of boiling water. Place a lid on top. Steam for 5-6 minutes until the spears are tender. Remove from the heat. Place the sauce ingredients in a blender and process until it becomes creamy and smooth. If you want a thinner sauce, add a little bit more warm water. To serve, pour the sunflower seed sauce over … Continue reading “Steamed Asparagus with Sunflower Seed Sauce”

Immunity boosting Latte for winter

  This Latte uses the goodness of turmeric and nuts to provide the nourishment and immunity during winter. Honey is very beneficial to control symptoms of cough & cold and to increase immunity. Can be used as a snack or to complement to meal. Ingredients Honey-1 teaspoon Turmeric – Half teaspoon Almonds and Cashew-4 nuts each Milk-1 Cup Preparation Warm 1 glass of milk. Add turmeric powder and crushed almonds and cashew to the milk and let it boil for 2 minutes. Keep stirring. Turn off the stove once the aroma comes. Mix 1 tablespoon of honey and drink warm. Have this recipe in the morning to beat winter ailments. It also acts as a natural sweetener helping you to curb your sweet craving. Tips : 1. Vegans and people with lactose intolerance may use coconut milk. 2. If you are someone prone to flu, cold, cough and sinus, use … Continue reading “Immunity boosting Latte for winter”

Rice porridge

Rice porridge is a good breakfast porridge for pitta and vata imbalance. Matta rice (available from Indian shops) is recommended during fever and when you are ill as a detox diet. Quinoa can be substituted for rice, which is a better choice for Kapha, Dosha. Ingredients Short grain rice-1cup Ghee- ½ tablespoon Cumin seeds-1 pinch Salt-¼ teaspoon Hot water -2 cups Preparation 1.Wash rice thoroughly. 2.Heat the ghee or oil over medium heat and saute the cumin seeds for a few moments until the aroma starts to come out. 3.Add the rice and mix well. Add the salt and hot water. Bring all this to a boil and boil for 2–3 minutes. Turn down the heat to very low and cover. 4.For stickier rice leave the lid half open, for drier rice keep the lid on tight. Cook until the rice is tender—about 15–20 minutes. Matta rice need 30-40 min … Continue reading “Rice porridge”

Spiced Tea

A special herbal tea for flu: This is a traditional Kerala recipe that can help to prevent progress of cold into fever and flu. This recipe is highly popular in Kerala and equally effective. Ingredients Fresh Basil: 2 Handfuls Ginger: half inch, thinly sliced or crushed. Black pepper: A quarter teaspoon Clove, cinnamon, cardamom: 1-2 (optional) Palm sugar: 1 tablespoon Water: 2 cups Preparation 1.Boil water with palm sugar in a pan. Once palm sugar is almost dissolved add other ingredients except basil. 2.Boil for 2 minutes and then add basil. Let the tea boil for 10 more seconds and turn off the stove. Sip warm tea. You will begin to feel the relief in 10 minutes. Keep sipping warm tea every 1-2 hours, a quarter cup at a time. 3.Keep the pan of tea closed to save the aroma and flavors. Always drink warm. You may reheat. Comments: If … Continue reading “Spiced Tea”

How to Prevent Sinusitis and Hay Fever with Ayurveda?

Sinuses are eight hollow cavities in our skull around the nose. Sinuses lighten the skull, acts as a shock absorbers for skull, improve our voices and moistens nasal cavity. The mucus layer shields the nose from micro-organisms, pollutants, dirt and dust. Sinuses drain the mucus produced by them into the nasal cavity but get themselves blocked due to excess mucus production or due to a blockage in the mucus outflow. Eventually, they get attacked by bacteria which causes pain, inflammation and purulent mucus leading to sinusitis. People who have asthma, allergies, structural blockages in the nose or people with weak immune systems or sinuses are at a greater risk of forming sinusitis. Sinusitis involves the manifestation of viruses, bacteria and fungus in the sinuses causing inflammation, infection and related symptoms. There could be symptoms of acute rhinitis (common cold) followed by involvement of the sinuses marked by the appearance of … Continue reading “How to Prevent Sinusitis and Hay Fever with Ayurveda?”

Carrot-Ginger Soup

This beautiful bright-yellow soup is delicious, healthy, and easy to make! Carrots are rich source of vitamin A, while cinnamon and peppercorns are good for circulation and digestion. Ingredients – Ghee-2 tablespoons – Chopped onion-2 cups – Chopped fresh ginger – 4 teaspoons – Chopped Carrots-7 cups – Water -6 cups – Salt or to taste-2 teaspoons – Cinnamon Stick-1 – Whole Peppercorns-10 – 1 small bunch parsley, chopped Preparation 1 – Heat the ghee (or coconut oil) in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and carrots and saute frequently stirring for 2 minutes. 2 – Add the water, salt, cinnamon stick, and peppercorns. Bring to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the carrots are tender, about 20 minutes. 3 – Remove the cinnamon stick and some or most of peppercorns, according to your taste. … Continue reading “Carrot-Ginger Soup”

Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Ayurveda

How can Probiotics and Prebiotics Help? Plaguing innumerable people around the world, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder identified by abdominal pain connected with a change in stool consistency or frequency. What Causes an IBS? Stress, anxiety, diarrhoea, excessive alcohol consumption, caffeine, carbonated beverages, soft drinks and continued intolerance to lactose/gluten are often reasons for IBS. Microbiomes of the gut play an important part in bowel health, and hence issues in the microbiomes lead to Inflammatory bowel diseases. Symptoms of IBS -Headache and tiredness – Nausea – Abdominal pain – Bloating – Anorexia – Chronic constipation – Diarrhoea – Mucus/blood in stools Ayurvedic Treatment for IBS According to Ayurveda, IBS would fit into the category of loss/ imbalance of digestive fire in small called ‘ grahani’. Toxins are normally present and any of the doshas (Doshas are the functional particles categorised into three as Vata/air factors, Pitta/ fire … Continue reading “Irritable Bowel Syndrome & Ayurveda”

Quick Ways to Fight Skin Diseases with Ayurveda

A skin disease is often rooted deeply in various underlying tissues like fat, blood and muscles. Most skin therapies are only external applications like creams or oils and addressing the localised inflammation and/ or irritation. However, these never touch the root of the problem and thereby, the traits vanish temporarily, and the disease is not rooted out permanently. Ayurveda says that the skin has six layers, from epidermis to subcutaneous tissue and identifies 18 types of pathologies for skin disease (known as Kushta) according to the doshas involved and the layers and regions of the skin affected. What Causes a Skin Problem? Poor metabolism and accumulation of toxins: Poor metabolism failing to eliminate waste from the system timely result in the accumulation of unwanted materials in the body. As the skin provides a lot of space of for the sedimentation of toxins from blood, gets irritated and loses it’s health … Continue reading “Quick Ways to Fight Skin Diseases with Ayurveda”

Autumn & Imbalance in the Vata Dosha

As we embrace our passions and drill into the mystery of life, we unite with the noble complexity of nature with us. Ayurveda provides a lot of great tools to bring balance and make life more sustainable. Autumn is the season when Vata dosha – which is the subtle energy that directs movement- becomes powerful. Literally translated as “wind”, Vata is dry. It moves, bursts in and is often cold. Vata rises mainly in autumn, and when it does, it can leave you feeling worn out, fragile and susceptible to illness. Symptoms of Excess Vata: – Dry skin, achy joints and restlessness – Fitful sleep, irregular bowels – Constipation – Gastric problems – Lower back aches – Anxiety, insecurity and loneliness – Hiccups How to Balance Vata in Autumn? Vata dosha is normally provoked by the increase of cold, windy and dry weather. Vata relates to wind, the principle of … Continue reading “Autumn & Imbalance in the Vata Dosha”