Quinoa and Sweet Potato Kitchari

The word “kitchari” means “mix” and Quinoa and sweet potato deliver a perfect combination for the seasonal bowl. This acts as a magical dish for the Vata moments when you feel dry, rushing and rough. Quinoa is a great tridoshic pseudo-grain that makes a beautiful fluffy texture, while the sweet potato provides the needed grounding sweetness. Ingredients Yellow mung dal 1 cup (200g) Sweet potato 1 medium (peeled if the skin is tough and chopped into chunks) Ghee or coconut oil 2 tablespoon Water 4 cups (1 liter) or as needed 1/4 teaspoon each of: Black pepper, Ground coriander, Ground cumin, Sea salt 1 teaspoon or as needed 1/4 teaspoon each of: Black mustard seeds, Cumin seeds, Turmeric, Fennel seeds, Ground ginger or finely chopped fresh ginger Fresh coriander leaves, parsley leaves and/ or mint leaves: 2 tablespoon to garnish Optional: Curry leaves – add to the spice mix when … Continue reading “Quinoa and Sweet Potato Kitchari”

Creamy and Delicious Spinach Coconut Soup

Spinach holds remarkable abilities to restore energy, increase vitality, and improve the quality of the blood. Including spinach in your diet stimulates Pitta and when used in moderation, it pacifies Vata and Kapha. Nutmeg grounds detoxify your body and make you feel positive, while cardamom and ginger boost up your circulation and makes you feel warm. Spinach combined with coconut boost your metabolism, while the coconut cream keeps you hydrated and lubricates your brain. Spinach helps strengthen your immune system and is great for your overall health. Collect and prepare: Spinach either fresh or frozen (chop or cut it into small pieces): 2 cups 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon ghee (try goat ghee) or coconut butter (recommended only if you have a strong digestive fire as it is hard to digest) Nutmeg, cardamom and grated ginger: A quarter of a teaspoon each 3 tablespoons of coconut milk or 1.5 … Continue reading “Creamy and Delicious Spinach Coconut Soup”

Autumn Vegetable Soup with Cheesy Toast

Enjoy the healthy and delicious low-fat vegetable soup served with slices of toasted cheese-topped baguettes Ingredients:- 1 leek, chopped quite small 2 carrots, chopped quite small 1 sweet potato, chopped quite small 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary 425ml vegetable stock 1/2 tsp sugar 250 g of cherry tomatoes or 2 teaspoon lemon juice 400 g cooked chickpeas or mung beans 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley FOR THE TOASTS 8 slices of baguette or sour dough or chappatti, cut into diagonal pieces1 garlic clove, cut in half50g Edam cheese (or a cheese that suits you) finely grated -optional Put the vegetables into a large saucepan with the garlic, rosemary, stock and sugar. Season well, stir, bring to a simmer and cover. Cook gently for 15 mins or until the vegetables are just tender. Heat the grill to high. Cook the tomatoes and whizz in a … Continue reading “Autumn Vegetable Soup with Cheesy Toast”

Dips for Summer

Find a few healthy dips that can be used as a dip for summer. They will go with vegetable sticks, savory snacks, rice, and Indian breakfast. Mint Raita A cooling side dish for hot days of summer! With Biriyani or Rice, Mint raita is like the icing on the cake. It is so easy to make and doesn’t even take 10 minutes to prepare. With Yogurt and Mint leave as the vital ingredients, Mint Raita is a healthy side dish that can help with your digestion. Besides, to prepare it there is no requirement of any special ingredients. This nutritious and mouthwatering dip will make your dishes even more delicious. Ingredients:- 1¼ cups Plain Yogurt) 1/2 cup loosely packed Mint Leaves 2 tablespoon Chopped Coriander Leaves Salt to taste A pinch of Black Salt (optional) 1/2 teaspoon roasted Cumin Powder 1/4 cup finely chopped onion How to prepare:- Take 1/2 … Continue reading “Dips for Summer”

STRAWBERRY ALMOND MEAL CAKE

A piece of cake can add more joy to the celebrations! Find the healthy yummy Almond meal cake to enjoy this Festive season. This is a cake prepared with mainly almond that is renowned for its rich protein, fiber, magnesium and Vitamin E. Almond is also known for its ability to lower blood pressure, reduce blood sugar levels and cholesterol and above all it lends a big hand in weight loss. Strawberry Almond Meal Cake, a gluten-free cake, is a delicious fluffy cake topped with nutritious strawberry dices that will surely steal your heart. Ingredients:- Eggs (separate white and yolk) – 4 Raw sugar: 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon Vanilla extract : 1 teaspoon Almond flour: Half cup Dedicated coconut: 1 table spoon Baking powder: 1 teaspoon Diced strawberry: half cup Butter, Ghee or coconut oil : 2 table spoon Salt: Half a teaspoon How to prepare: Preheat oven to … Continue reading “STRAWBERRY ALMOND MEAL CAKE”

Spinach Minestrone Soup

We all love to have soup which is very tasty that refreshes our mind. Minestrone soup is a healthy, delicious thick Italian soup which cooked with young vegetables. Minestrone added with spinach is a rich source of vitamins and minerals that boost your health. Enriched with flavonoids, it helps you fight against cholesterol and protect your body from free radicals. Spinach enriched with folate helps to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system and controls high blood pressure. This is healthy soup for spring and here I have given improvised in Ayurvedic way. Ingredients Ghee : 1 tablespoon or coconut oil 2 tablespoons Yellow onion (chopped): 1 medium Celery with leaves (chopped): 2 stalks Garlic cloves (finely minced): 2 nos Zucchini (diced): medium Bay leaf: 1 Cooked Cannellini beans / white bean: 1 cup Cooked Adzuki beans: 1 cup Ground pepper and sea salt : As needed Green beans (trimmed and cut … Continue reading “Spinach Minestrone Soup”

Healthy dosa and chutney for all

Dosa is a great south Indian snack, breakfast or meal that can be eaten with different types with various fillings. Dosa is usually prepared with urad dal and rice then cooks up to a golden white crepe. But a healthy dosa should have a couple of lentils and beans. Dosa full of lentils/beans holds different proteins and nutrition that makes much more than just fillings. Taste it and have a healthy snack. Ingredients – Dosa Medium/long grain rice (basmati can be used) – 1 cup (185 gm) Brown rice – 1/4 cup (47.5 gm) Whole urad dal (black gram) – 1/2 cup (100 gm) Methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) – 1/2 teaspoon Toor daal (Pigeon pea) or chana daal (Bengal gram/ chick pea lentils) – 2 Tablespoons Rice flakes (optional) – 1/4 cup (59.15 gm) Salt – As needed Steps to follow: Preparing Dosa Batter Rinse the rice and soak it … Continue reading “Healthy dosa and chutney for all”

Kheer Rice Pudding

This is a warm winter desert balancing Vata and keeping Pitta healthy and balanced. Kheer rice pudding helps to increase appetite and is easy to digest. This is a rich source of carbohydrates and calcium. This Ayurvedic recipe is easy to prepare with the natural ingredients which are really beneficial for your overall health. However if you are Kapha you need to watch the quantity and frequency. Ingredients: • Milk – 2 cups• Warer – 2 cups• Rice (basmati, Jasmine it Jeera rice) – 1/4 cup• Sugar – 1/3 cup• Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon• cashews – 10 nos• Chopped pistachios – 10 nos• Raisins – 2 tablespoon• Ghee/Butter – 1 tablespoon Steps to follow: 1.Wash rice 3 times and drain it completely.2. Boil the milk in a large vessel3.Cook rice in water and water is almost absorbed, add boiled milk in 2-3 parts. Cook the rice until the rice … Continue reading “Kheer Rice Pudding”

Moringa Recipes

Moringa is a common plant in Kerala of which leaves, flowers, fruits, bark and roots are used for cooking and/ or medicinal purpose in almost every house hold. It holds a wide range of health benefits and is lately recognised as a super food. It is rich in healthy antioxidants, bio-active plant compounds, protiens, minerals, and vitamins. Moringa is mainly used for anemia, arthritis, joint pain, cancer,asthma, diabetes, constipation, stomach pain, headache, heart problems, ulcers,kidney stones, fungal infections and lot more. This even protects cells from damage. Moringa is used in many Ayurvedic herbal combinations and massage treatments to address inflammation, poor metabolism and nutritional deficiencies. I have seen Moringa trees (also known as drum stick trees) in Sydney. You can also buy Moringa leaves and drum sticks (fruits of the plant commonly used as a vegetable) from Indian shops here. Following are some of the ways you can add … Continue reading “Moringa Recipes”

Lemon rice and butternut pumpkin curry: a recipe for Autumn

Lemon rice is a vibrant coloured aromatic rice that whole family including children will enjoy. Butternut pumpkin curry is such a mouth watering combination for lemon rice and form a nourishing meal for Autumn. It’s easy to prepare lemon and butternut pumpkin curry with just a few ingredients and some spices. Butternut pumpkin curry is light but still a filling curry with roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes in creamy spiced coconut milk sauce and a sprinkle of crunchy black sesame seeds. This recipe is ideal for cooler seasons and Vata. Pitta and Kapha can also enjoy as long as it’s not too often. Ingredients: Butternut pumpkin Curry • Sweet potato cubes – 2 cups• Broccoli florets – 2 cups• Butternut pumpkin cubes – 3 cups• Coconut milk – 1 cup• Coconut oil: 2 teaspoons• Garlic – 1 clove• Fresh chilli pepper – as needed• Chopped curry leaves, turmeric, nutmeg, … Continue reading “Lemon rice and butternut pumpkin curry: a recipe for Autumn”