Monthly Archives: December 2013

CARROT GINGET SOUP FOR UR HEALTH

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CARROT & BROCCOLI SOUP
Good for all types.
Serves 2

6 c water
2 c sliced carrots and broccoli
1/2 c diced onion (leak)
2 c broccoli florets and peeled stem pieces
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbs grated orange peel

Garnish:
Minced fresh chives

Bring water to boil. Add carrots, onion, broccoli, ginger, coriander and salt. Cover and boil over med heat for 35 min. 
Remove from heat.
Option to blend the soup or serve as it is.
Garnish with chives.

ENJOY!

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GInger’ Magic

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Sunthi. This rhizome has been used both in Ayurveda & Chinese medicine for over five thousand years. Native to Asia, ginger is widely used through out Indian cuisine. 
Ginger is probably one of the world’s favorite medicines and cooking ingredients.

Ginger has heating, cleansing, tonic & stimulating properties. It has been used fro a multitude of health purposes, such as: digestive problems, muscular pains, constipation & nausea.

May also help prevent and treat:
Arthritis, asthma, cancer, cholesterol problems, heart attack, heartburn, indigestion, migraine, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea, stroke, elevated triglycerides.

It is used in may different dishes, chutneys, curries, deals, vegetable dishes or simply made into tea.

It is best for Vata & Kapha types, although Pitta may use it occasionally.

# Grate fresh ginger over cooked tofu, vegetables or soba noodles.

# Toss sliced or chopped ginger into stir-fries.

# Steep a coin-size piece of fresh ginger with your choice of tea.

# Sprinkle ground ginger and a little brown sugar on acorn squash or sweet potatoes before baking.

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Healing with Turmeric

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Healing with Turmeric

Healing with Turmeric

One of the king spices in Ayurveda and Indian cooking and a member of the ginger family.
Turmeric is pungent, bitter and astringent. (Aids in detoxing the liver. It may be consumed by all 3 doshas /consittutions, but Pitta’s be aware as its heating.
Naturally, turmeric is anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-flatulent, a blood cleanser and a decongestant making it the most important spice to have in your kitchen.

Curcumin is the most active ingredient of turmeric, with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, useful in disinfecting cuts, burns, wounds and other skin infections.

For diabetics, it may be taken to help regulate blood sugar, helps reduce arthritic pain and it has been shown to have anti-cancerous properties.

A few suggestions of how to use turmeric as a home remedy:
  •  For a cough, tonsillitis, or pharyngitis, boil 1 cup of milk with 1 teaspoon of turmeric on the stove for a few minutes and drink at bedtime.
  • For a sore throat, gargle with ½  teaspoon turmeric powder and ½ teaspoon salt in 1 cup of warm water several times a day.
  • For cuts, wounds, fungal infections, and athlete’s foot, apply a mixture of ½ teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel to the affected area. 
  • For swelling from injury, apply a paste of turmeric and water to the area.
  • For swollen gums and canker sores, apply turmeric powder directly to the affected areas.
  • For upper respiratory congestion, dry cough, or asthma, boil 1 cup of milk with 1 teaspoon of turmeric on the stove and drink at bedtime.
THE EASIEST WAY TO USE TURMERIC IS IN YOUR COOKING.
ADD A PINCH TO ANYTHING YOU COOK OR MAKE IN YOUR KITCHEN.
GOLDEN MILK RECIPE (Recommended for those with arthritis or joint pain, to consume daily)
 
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EAT HEALTHY – BE HEALTHY – SPICE SERIES WITH RECIPES

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CUMIN

According to Ayurveda, each food has at least one of six tastes or rasas: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. We require each taste in our diet/each meal. Cumin is pungent ˛& bitter.

– It is considered the ace “ama” burner so it helps digestion.

–  Some of the Ayurvedic health benefits of cumin are that it dispels gas, eliminates toxins, is a mild laxative, and is anti-inflammatory

– It is also a “thermogenic” or heat-generating spice, escpecially useful now in wintertime

– Cumin is an excellent source of iron which is instrumental in keeping your immune system healthy

– Additionally, cumin has anti-oxidant properties to protect the body from free radicals. Roasted cumin powder can be used for ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, and chronic malabsorption.  Cumin is an anti-dote to morning sickness.  Nursing mothers find cumin to be lactogenic, increasing the flow of mother’s milk, while its oil is effective against eczema.

Here are some simple home remedies  involving cumin:

  • For chronic indigestion and malabsorption, chew 1 teaspoon of roasted cumin and fennel seeds daily.
  •  To reduce fever, mix equal parts of cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds.  Add 1 teaspoon of this to 1 cup boiling water.  Steep for 10 minutes and drink.
  •  For stomach pain, make a mixture of 1/3 teaspoon of cumin powder, a pinch of asafetida powder (hing), and a pinch of rock salt.  Mix and chew well. Then follow with warm water.
  •  For nausea or an upset stomach, make a tea from 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and a pinch of nutmeg powder in 1 cup hot water. Steep for 10 minutes and then drink.
  •  For relief from menstrual pain, roast cumin seeds in an ungreased iron pan until they smell pungent. Chew a spoonful slowly, and then take 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice.

Cumin has long been used for its medicinal properties.  Studies also show that cumin seeds may contain anti-cancer properties. Cumin was shown to protect from the development of stomach or liver tumors. This effect may be attributable to cumin’s strong free-radical scavenging abilities, along with its capacity to enhance the liver’s detoxification enzymes.

Furthermore, a recent study has found that cumin has the ability to enhance memory and relieve stress.

Insert from “Vedic Healing” Madhavi Rathod.

RECIPE

SOUTH INDIA BULGUR BALLS (For wheat free alternative use: quinoa or millet)Good for: Vata, Pitta, Pitta-Vata & Pitta Kapha

Ingredients:
(Serves 2)

1/2 c bulgur
1 tbs walnut oil
1 tbs split urad dhal without the skins
3 crushed dried curry leaves
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbs fresh orange juice
1/2 tsp orange rind
1/2 tsp cardamon powder or crushed pods equal amount
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 c water

Garnish: 2 tbs minced fresh cilantro

Procedure:

Dry-roast bulgur in a cast-iron skillet over med heat for 7 min.
Using a hand grinder or large mortar and pestle, grind roast bulgur into a coarse flour.
Heat oil in a skillet and brown urad, curry laves, coriander and cumin seeds. Add bulgur flour, orange juice, orange rind, cardamon, turmeric, salt and water.

Mix, cover and simmer over low heat for 15 min.
Remove from skillet and allow to cool.

Knead into a dough and with lightly oiled hands, roll into 12 small balls.
Steam at “Bain de Marie” keeping water level below the bottom of the steamer.
Chinese steamers would be ideal.

Garnish with cilantro and serve with dhal and veggies.

Recipe borrowed from:
“A life of Balance” A complete guide to Ayurvedic nutrition & body type with recipes. By: Maya Tiwari

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BELIEVE IN UR OWN SUCCESS

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