Sweet Lassi

Ingredients

1 tsp – 1 TBSP fresh plain yoghurt
1-1.5 cup water.
1 tsp rose water
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp quality sugar (optional)
1/4 tsp fresh cream

Method

Blend ingredients well and drink fresh.

Benefits of Lassi

  • Improves digestion and a fantastic pro-biotic.
  • Lassi is the best alkaliser.
  • As Lassi improves digestion and absorption it ultimately supports calcium absorption and bone health.
  • Balances heat (pitta) and clear the physical channels.
  • It is the best remedy (with a pinch of salt) for haemorrhoids and anal fissures.
  • A great food to introduce dairy to a lactose intolerant person after they have corrected their agni.
  • Lassi is very hydrating, and a great drink to have with lunch.

 

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 (dominant with the earth element).

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), you keep wanting more... and then you'll begin to feel very "full" and heavy.

Ayurvedic Porridge Ingredients:

  • Oats, coarse semolina, rice flakes or quinoa flakes -  1/3 - 1/2 cup
  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp raw sugar (optional)
  • handful of raisins/sultanas
  • handful of one type of crushed nuts (almonds, macadamia or cashew)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cardamom powder

Method

  1. Put ghee in a pot, let it heat.

  2. Add 1/3 - 1/2 cup of coarse semolina or oats or rice flakes or quinoa flakes etc.

     

  3. Toast (fry) grains in the ghee to infuse ghee into the grains. - this lightens the grains and makes them easier to digest.

     

  4. Add approx. 1-cup of boiling water, stir and cook. - Be aware of porridge splatter, continually stir to avoid lumps and splatter.

  5. Add 1 tsp or tbsp of raw sugar (optional) + handful of raisins + handful of soaked and crushed almonds or cashews (optional for more protein and a filling breakfast) and stir.

  6. Add some cows milk (optional). If adding milk can initially add less boiling water.
  7. Add 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon powder + 1/4-1/2 tsp cardamom powder (cardamom and cinnamon removes morning sluggishness).

  8. Stir a bit more then it is ready!

Makes for 1 person.

Try another type of Ayurvedic Porridge HERE that is assists in weight loss and is yummy for children.

"A sweet start to the day wakes the agni up to say g'day!"

Sweet Fluid: Sugar Cane Juice

It has always been just "another one of those stalls" at farmers markets across Australia, but ever since I went to India and saw little motorised sugar cane juicers every few hundred meters in the street, I started to incorporate this juice into my fluids diet.

Sure I can comfortably drink one of the highest sources of hydration: Coconut Water, daily in south India (because they are relatively cheap), but my taste buds and channels found my new discovery. It was a lot more charming and exciting: Cold Pressed Sugar Cane Juice!

Due to the significance in price difference between this product in India and Australia, (goes for about 30 cents a cup in India), I was able to indulge in drinking a few cups daily. So I tested how my body reacted to it...

 

Medicinal qualities

  • Very hydrating and cooling for the body. Great in summer and for pitta body types.
  • Good for the liver.
  • Diuretic: great cleanser for kidneys and anyone experiencing oliguria (scanty urination) or dysuria (painful urination).

Isn't it to high in sugar?

Sugar cane juice is definitely high in sugar and should be consumed in moderation (not every day, as I realised).

It is recommended to use it for more medicinal effects as listed above, and to cool down on super hot days. A good drink in summer.

Caution

 

  • Make sure it is cleaned with good water because fungi and some pollution may be present, especially around Indian sugar cane fields.
  • Diabetics and people with high blood sugar should avoid it.
  • Don't mix with other foods including lemon, lime, ginger as it further ferments to make it incompatible. 

Feature photo: a sugar cane market i visited in the south Indian town, Tiruvannamalai.