Ayurveda is a traditional Indian system of medicine that has been around for over 5,000 years. It is based on the principles of balance and harmony between the mind, body, and spirit. One of the ways to achieve this balance is through a healthy and balanced diet.
Here are some tips and recipes for Ayurvedic cooking
Eat Seasonal and Local Foods
Ayurveda recommends that you eat foods that are in season and grown locally. This ensures that you are eating fresh and nutrient-dense foods that are in sync with the environment. Eating seasonally also helps to balance your body’s energy and promotes overall health.
Use Spices and Herbs
Ayurveda uses a wide range of spices and herbs to add flavor and nutrition to meals. Spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, and ginger have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and boost immunity.
Eat a Variety of Foods
A balanced Ayurvedic diet includes a variety of foods from all food groups. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats, and dairy products. Eating a variety of foods helps to provide your body with all the essential nutrients it needs for optimal health.
Practice Mindful Eating
Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of mindful eating. This means paying attention to your food, savoring each bite, and chewing your food thoroughly. Eating slowly and mindfully helps to improve digestion and absorption of nutrients.
Here are some Ayurvedic recipes to try
Kitchari is a traditional Ayurvedic dish made with rice, lentils, and a variety of spices. It is easy to digest, nourishing, and promotes detoxification. Here’s how to make it:
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1 cup split yellow mung beans
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 4 cups water
- Salt to taste
- Rinse the rice and mung beans in cold water.
- In a pot, heat the ghee over medium heat.
- Add the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and turmeric to the pot and stir for a minute.
- Add the rice and mung beans to the pot and stir to coat them in the spices.
- Add the water and salt to the pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the rice and beans are tender.
- Golden Milk: Golden milk is a delicious and comforting Ayurvedic drink that is made with turmeric and other spices. It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich, and can help improve digestion and boost immunity.
Dr. Neha Ahuja
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