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Feature Food: Banana (“Kadali”)

There are two species of Banana’s – Musa acuminata (the common fruit) and Musa balbisiana (plantain or green banana that’s used as a vegetable). Additionally there are hybrids and offsprings, but they all stem from these 2 original wild species. I will share the Ayurvedic view of the common Banana fruit (Musa acuminata), known as “Kadali” in Sanskrit. The Benefits: “Banana cures obesity, kapha, diseases of the vagina, causes constipation, improves colour and destroys poisoning.” (Lodhradi Gana).(1) Banana is a good remedy for depression and a great replacement to snacking on chocolate as a comfort food. When depression is caused by quality of dryness, bananas actually grant courage and fortitude.- (This does not mean to indulge in Banana when feeling down, eat everything in moderation). It mitigates Pitta due to sweet taste, however if eaten in excess can increase pitta. It increases stomach acid – beneficial for those with too little acid. High in Potassium – Potassium levels are important for those whose sodium/salt intake is high and for nerves and muscles. High in Vitamin B6 – …

Kanji (Rice Gruel) Recipe

Kanji is a well-cooked rice soup that is very easy to digest when a light meal is required (in the evening, or whenever agni/digestion is low). It is as nutritious as it is digestible and is very useful as a short-term diet to quickly clear undigested food from the system (a day of kanji or even one meal of kanji works wonders after any eating “mistakes”). Cooking Procedure: • Boil good white rice in a generous amount of water in an open pot (approx. 1/2 cup rice to seven cups water—adjust proportions according to need) • Cook until it gets a very fine, smooth structure and the rice is almost completely dissolved. • 10-15 minutes before it’s done, add a spoon of roughly crushed cumin seed and ajwain seed, with a little black salt for taste, or rock salt. • After cooking, can keep the kanji in a thermos so it is hot and ready to eat whenever you are hungry (kanji can be taken any time of day when you are hungry). This is a great food …

Bed-Time Golden Milk Tonic

Just like grandma used to cook up for you with love and foresight. This nightly sleep aid and anabolic tonic holds great wisdom, incorporating one of the most nourishing foods: cows milk, with the intelligence of natures herbs and spices. You’ll sleep like a baby and super charge overnight. Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep? If you are having trouble getting to sleep, waking up throughout the night, or any sleep disturbances, this Ayurvedic remedy will reduces your stress to allow you to switch off. Supersede the Stress Insomnia, which can increase the risk of most degenerative diseases,(1) is mostly caused by stress. When we are under stress, cortisol levels (stress fighting hormones), do not decrease, rather, they keep us revved up throughout the night, and we don’t have the energy to calm them back down. Modern science has once again proved ancient wisdom by showing milk has certain peptides that lower cortisol and support sleep by 50%(2). The improvements of sleep are remarkable: Promotes deeper sleep (3) Supports more restorative sleep (3) Provides relaxation …

Mung Dahl Recipe

Mung is an easy to digest lentil that provides adequate protein. Used for both cleansing and building in Ayurveda, one can eat mung dahl everyday and not only will you gain complete nutrition and satisfaction, but soon this will be the stuff you crave! Anti-Flatulence Mung is the only legumes that is “vata balancing.” This means that, unlike every other type of beans or lentils, they will not produce any intestinal gas. They naturally are much easier to cook, digest, and assimilate. Promotes Sattva (“Purity”) Sattva is a quality in us that translates to “purity.” If Sattva is increased, then so is our inner stillness, clarity of mind and contentment. Love radiates and flows back to us in abundance, while the hormone oxytocin (also known as the “bonding or loving hormone”) is simultaneously secreting. Fresh, seasonal whole foods are predominately Sattvic, thus increases the Sattvic quality in us, based on the Ayurvedic law of “Like Increases Like.” This is why Mung Dahl is considered to facilitate spiritual growth and effectively detox the body. It has long been used to nourish babies and …

Milk Rice – For Woman’s Health

Here is a very simple recipe that is the prescribed diet during the Banana Treatment. This is also recommended for woman to eat during their menstrual cycle to balance gynaecological health, particularly in cases of dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation). Ingredients: serves one person White Rice Water Full cream, unhomogenised, Cows Milk. quantities vary on how much you want for the day. Method: Wash and soak rice (1 hour is enough). Boil rice in water. When thick foam gathers on to the top, strain and dispose the foam/water. (This removes the impurities from the rice). Close to when the rice is cooked, add milk with equal amount of water till the level of the liquid is approx.  2cm above the rice. Bring to the boil – take off – Serve. “But I Don’t Do Dairy” It is important to have even a little cows milk with the milk rice during the BT. If you do not want any milk at all, have plain rice. If the reason for avoiding milk is a dairy intolerance, just avoiding heavy-to-digest proteins like milk will not fix the underlying proble, which …

Ayurvedic Porridge (Quick Cooking Time)

Here is a simple, nourishing and nutritious meal that only a takes a few minutes to prepare, and you don’t have to be a kitchen wizard to prepare it. Sweet First In Ayurveda, sweet is the first taste to start the day and also to start a meal (yep, ‘desert’ is the first thing you eat in Ayurveda). After you have fasted for some time, whether it be overnight or in between meals, your hunger = strong agni (digestion and appetite). You need strong agni to digest the sweet taste because it is the heaviest taste due to the earth element being dominant. Further, the sweet taste kick starts the agni and stimulates saliva secretions (Bodhaka Kapha), to prepare your digestion for the meal and/or day ahead. This is why when you finish with sweet (common desert at the end of a meal), you keep wanting more… and then you’ll begin to feel very “full” and heavy. Recipe + Method Put ghee in a pot, let it heat. Add 1/3 – 1/2 cup of coarse semolina or oats or rice flakes …

KITCHARI: The Essential & Delicious Ayurvedic Dish

Beyond all other Indian meals, there is one considered to facilitate spiritual growth and effectively detox the body. Kitchari, pronounced Kich-ah-ree, has long been used to nourish babies and the elderly, the sick, and the healthy during special times of detox, cleansing, and deep spiritual practice. A simple porridge like blend of lentils, rice and spices, kitchari is a comfort and health food that has many nourishing and cleansing benefits. Everyone should eat Kitchari at least a couple to a few times a week to reset digestion and nourish your body and mind. Ingredients: Split yellow mung beans along with a long grain white, basmati, or red rice and a blend of traditional Indian spices. Why White Rice? White Rice is easier to digest because the husk has been milled off. While brown rice supplies more nutrients, the husk makes brown rice a little harder to digest. During cleansing, it is important to be gentle on an already compromised digestion. Generally brown rice is also ok. Red Rice is the best choice because it is most easily digested and is …

Ragi (Finger Millet) Porridge

What is Ragi? Ragi, also known as ‘finger millet’ is a popular cereal grown throughout Africa and Asia. It was introduced to India 4000 years ago and is grown in the Himalayas. It is generally purchased as a very fine pinky/brown flour which can be prepared as breads, dosas, porridges, puddings and cakes. It is an awesome and delicious flour in its own right. Properties of Ragi (Ayurvedic perspective) Rasa (Taste): Sweet Virya (Action): Heating Vipaka (Post-digestive effect): Sweet Qualities: Dry, Light Doshas: Balances Kapha, increases Vata and Pitta in excess. Medicinal Qualities Easy to digest Nourishing Treats high cholesterol, dull agni (digestive fire), diabetes, excess weight, and other excess kapha (mucus/fluid), (All millets have these actions.). Where do I get it? Raggi is not common in Australia (yet). You will find it in an Indian Grocery. RAGI PORRIDGE RECIPE PS. there is no chocolate, I swear, but it is tastier than chocolate, a little like a subtle cacao. The ragi roasted in ghee is what makes it look like melted chocolate. Gluten Free Serves 1 Ingredients: 2-3 tbsp …

Ayurvedic Buckwheat Pancakes

Here are light and easy to digest pancakes, that are quick and easy to make, and SUPER YUMMY! Serves 2-3      Gluten Free Good for Kapha, & Pitta body types Seasonality: Good in spring, winter and summer 
Ingredients: Buckwheat flour – 1⁄2 cup (a.k.a. “Kuttu flour” in Indian Groceries) Non-homogenized milk – 2 tbsp – (can replace with fresh almond milk or add millet & channa flour to make batter stick).  Water – 1 cup Cinnamon powder – 1⁄2 tsp Cardamom seeds crushed or cardamom powder – 1⁄2 tsp Ghee for frying Fresh coriander, fresh lemon and maple syrup (optional) for garnish. Method:  Mix all the ingredients, adding water a little at the time, to make a smooth, runny batter. Heat tawa or non-stick pan to low heat. Coat pan with 1-1.5 teaspoons of ghee, pour on batter to the size you want & spread to make a 
pancake. Optional: add chopped coriander and/or finely crushed macadamia nuts on the raw batter and spread to infuse in with batter. When bubbles start appearing on surface of pancake, spoon 1 teaspoon of ghee …

Cough & Cold Home Remedy: Honey + Spice Paste

This is a simple and very tasty paste that you can make up and jar it to have on hold, especially for the autumn-winter-early spring time of year. This cough and cold remedy increases immunity and fights infections. Recipe: 1 tablespoon of Honey* 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder 1/4 tsp cardamom powder 10 drops of fresh ginger juice or 1/4tsp ginger powder Mix a large batch of this up, keep it in a glass jar ready for use. Dosage: Lick 1tsp 2-3x a day or when needed. *Honey should be unheated (not above body temperature). Ensure the honey you buy is extracted this way.  Most honeys in the supermarkets, even health food stores (organic included!) will be extracted at temperatures higher than 37 degrees. I suggest going to your local farmers market and speaking to the apiarist. To learn What Exactly Is The Flu, + more simple home remedies, click HERE