Upma

Upma is an ideal food for yoga practitioners when consumed in moderate quantity. Favorable for all constitutions and is tridhātu sāmya, balancing all doshas. Upma can also be served as a light food on half fasting days. Serve fresh and hot, as it will become heavier to digest after cooling. If using more than once a…

Bisi-Bele Bāth

This dish nourishes the body and suits all constitutions. Recommended in the colder months, in the warmer months it may be heavy. People with vāta disorders or digestion problems should not consume too often. Preparation  – 1 hour Serves – 6   Ingredients  1 cup/200g toor dāl 8 cups/2-litres water 1 medium/115g carrot 1 medium/150g…

Kootu

A tasty combination of three vegetables, this semi-liquid dish is suitable for all constitutions, strengthening the body. Preparation  – 1 hour Serves 3 – 4   Ingredients 1 large/220g potato 1¼ cup/170g green beans 2 medium/160g carrots ½ cup/100g toor dal 4 cups/1-litre water Voggarane 1 Tbsp peanut or coconut oil 1 Tbsp heaped split channa dāl (bengal gram)…

chuchu gojju

Chuchu, (commonly known as chayote squash in Mexico and seemebadanekaayi in South India) is pear-shaped, light-green vegetable in the gourd family. It has a crunchy texture and a mild, sweet taste. There is no need to peel the skin in the young, tender pears. However, larger and over-mature fruits need light peeling. Preparation time -…

Vegetable Bāth

Suitable for all constitutions, vegetable bāth is a simple, nourishing and balancing dish. Pre – preparation 8 – 10 hours Preparation – 45 minutes Serves 3 Ingredients  ¼ cup/50g whole moong dāl ¾ cup/150g white basmati rice 4 cups/1-litre water ½ cup/40g dried shredded coconut 1½ – 2 heaped tsp sambar powder (moderately spiced) 1¼…

Pongal

Pongal is tridhātu sāmya, it balances all three doshas and is light to digest. White rice is recommended when preparing pongal. Preparation – 45 minutes Serves 4 – 6   Ingredients  1 cup/200g white basmati/sona masoori rice 1 cup/200g split moong dāl 10 cups/2½-litres water 2¼ flat tsp fine rock salt 1 cup/80g dried shredded coconut…

Carrot Raytha

Raytha is very soothing dish, cooling for the body and it facilitates digestion. It is recommended to serve with 1 – 2 cups of cooked rice and becomes a very satisfying meal to have in the evening. In Āyurveda, it is said to evoke a good night sleep. Recommended for all constitutions. For kapha imbalances…

Pepper Tambuli

Pepper Tambuli, is cooling for the body and facilitates digestion. Appropriate for all constitutions and considered a very satisfying dish for the evening meal. Those experiencing kapha imbalances such as coughing, running nose, etc., use this dish in moderation. Preparation – 10 minutes Serves 2   Ingredients 1 cup/250g full-fat milk yogurt 1½ cups/375ml water ½…

Moong Dāl Sambar with Green Beans

This dish supports all constitutions and the digestion process. It nourishes the body and is tridhātu sāmya, balances all three dosha. Preparation – 45 minutes Serves 4 Use heaped measurements except when stated otherwise.   Ingredients  ½ cup/100g whole moong dāl  8 cups/2-litres water – divided 2½ cups/275g green beans 1½ tsp fine rock salt…

Coriander Leaf Vānghī Bāth

This dish suits all constitutions being tridhātu sāmya. It nourishes the body and freshens the mind. Those experiencing digestive disorders should not consume very often as it is a little heavy to digest. Preparation – 30 minutes Serves 3 – 4   Ingredients 1 cup/200g white basmati rice 2 cups/500ml water 3 bunches/155g coriander leaves, chopped…