Seven nutritional tips of Indian medicine and three Ayurveda recipes
Many people believe that Ayurvedic recipes are complex, but it is not so. You do not have to turn your whole life upside down to do something good for your body. Here I have gathered seven nutrition tips plus recipes that make Ayurvedic medicine suitable for everyday use.
What do you often trust the most? Perhaps old home remedies of our grandparents and great-grandparents, which were tested and passed on for generations?
This is also the case with Ayurveda. Life and health science have even been transmitted over thousands of years in the Indian region.
“Your food should be your remedy and your remedy your food”
Ayurveda refers to the whole life and aims to keep the body and soul in balance. Of course, diet plays a special role. That your food should be your remedy, and vice versa is a guiding idea of the teaching.
As the name suggests, medicine is particularly popular for preventing or relieving illnesses of all kinds. People who live in Ayurveda should be able to protect their bodies against allergies, stress and even autoimmune diseases.
It is well known that you can do a lot for your body and well-being through your diet. But to change your entire lifestyle for it?
That’s what few people want, and you do not even have to. Just some tricks in everyday life can help to do something good for your health on a daily basis.
The main point is always to keep your health and well-being stable, so that disease doesn’t even have a chance to occur. Thye practice of Ayurveda is like a health potion in itself.
Seven simple Ayurvedic tips to promote health, longevity and happiness
1- Never eat so much that you feel uncomfortably full. Learn to recognize your satiety.
2- Between each meal, keep a fast of four hours.
3- Listen to your body: Eat only when you feel hungry.
4- Take your time and space to eat. You should never rush to eat or consume food when you feel upset.
5- As always, the ayurvedic principle applies: Use mainly fresh ingredients.
6- In Ayurveda, you rely on hot food and warm water, even for breakfast. Both support the metabolism (see 5 Effective Tips To Stimulate Your Metabolism). The body does not need to spend energy to warm things up to body temperature.
7- It must be tasty. A basic rule in nutrition: Each meal should be in balance of all six flavors – sweet, salty, sour, bitter, spicy and tart.
Sounds complicated? It is not at all! Rather, Ayurveda also teaches you to be more aware of ingredients and tastes. Let me show you three ayurvedic recipes that you can easily integrate into everyday life.
3 Ayurveda recipes to enjoy
Breakfast biscuits of veggies and spiced rice
Also, the breakfast is usually enjoyed warm in the Ayurvedic healing teachings
One tablespoon ghee
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (see Healthiest Oils For You)
1/2 tsp. mustard seed
1/2 tsp fenugreek
1 fresh green chili pepper
6 curry leaves
15 cashew nuts
Salt, coriander leaves (cilantro) for garnish
Heat a coated pan, roast semolina with a light heat while stirring, and put aside. Peel onion, finely chop.
Heat the ghee and oil in the pan. Roast the mustard seeds and fenugreek for 2 minutes until the mustard seeds burst open. Sprinkle curry leaves and chilli with semolina and season with salt. Pour in 150 ml of hot water; let it boil up and simmer for several minutes over light heat. Drain if necessary. Chop the cashew nuts, add and stir. Stack them on a plate and serve with your favorite dip sauce or hummus.
In distant countries, people often eat hot meals for breakfast. If you prefer something classic and sweet, you can also try warm porridge, instead. Just make sure that your breakfast contains warm foods.
Curry with red lentils in coconut and lime broth
One clove of garlic
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2-3 stems of curry leaves
100g red lentils
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 tsp organic turmeric powder*
600ml coconut milk
Peel the shallot and garlic clove, finely chop. Heat up vegetable oil in a pot. Stir in the shallots and garlic pieces and cook on slow heat until glassy for several minutes. Peel curry leaves, set aside some for decoration. Cook the rest for several minutes until golden brown.
Rinse the lentils cold, let them boil up with the remaining spices and coconut milk once, then simmer for about 12 minutes until soft. Press limes, stir in, season with salt.
Serve on a plate and garnish with curry leaves. Serve warm.
After a long day of work, this dish is just the perfect thing: It does not even take 30 minutes, then it’s done. It’s filling and gives you a comfortable and warm feeling in the stomach.
Ayurveda can be so delicious. Khichdi is the Indian variant of our rice pudding.
100g peeled mung beans
100g green beans
3 tablespoons of butter lard or ghee
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 pinch of organic turmeric powder
1 fresh, green chili (red chili for garnish)
1.5 inches fresh ginger root
6 stems of cilantro green
Wash rice and mung beans in cold water, soak for 30 minutes, drain. Clean beans, finely chop. Heat the ghee in a large pot, heat the cumin and mustard seeds until the mustard seeds burst. Stir in rice, mung beans and green beans, season with the organic turmeric* and salt. Pour in hot water that the rice-bean mixture is well covered. Let it boil up once.
Cover, and with gentle heat simmer for about 20 minutes. In between, add portions of water as needed. If necessary, salt. Halve tomatoes, core seeds, finely dice. Wash chilli, halve lengthways, remove seeds for less sharpness, finely chop. Peel the ginger root, grate, rinse off the coriander leaves, peel off the leaves.
To serve, spread on deep plates, sprinkle with ginger root, garnish with coriander leaves and red chili if desired.
This dish will be a hit. Khichdi is the most popular rice dish in India, where it is considered a comfort food!
Please, enjoy your meals, and Bon Appetite!
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