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AYURVEDIC RECIPES

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AyurvedicAccording to Ayurveda, everything on this world is composed of five elements: air, water, fire, earth and space. These elements combine together to form the three doshas; vata, kapha and pitta, and these account for the differences in the way out body responds to different things.

When the balance between these three constituents is lost, a person get sick. Here Ayurvedic recipes come to the cure. Ayurveda always advocates eating food according to the three doshas of body- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Although, Ayurveda does not prohibit non vegetarian food, it is always better to have a pure vegetarian diet. Ayurvedic recipes help us to detoxify the human body. It incorporates mostly herbs, vegetables and fruits and plenty of water in the diet. Ayurvedicc recipes are said to have been the food for the ancient rishis and sages who lived for more than a century in India, in ancient times.Ayurveda is a very vast and ancient medical science. Unlike other medical sciences, instead of focusing on treatment of any particular disease, Ayurveda focuses more on the healthy living and well being. For healthy living, Ayurveda emphasizes on consuming right kind of diet which is healthy and nutritious.

KICHAREE Vegetarian-Dish

Ingredients

Split mung dal(yellow)
1 cups
White basmati rice
2 cups
Fresh ginger root
1 nch
Cilantro leaves
1 small
Ghee
2 tbsp
Turmeric
1/2 tbsp
Corainder powder
1/2 tbsp
Whole cumin seeds
1tbsp
Mustard seeds
1/2 tbsp
Salt(rock salt)
1/2 tbsp
Hing(asafoetida)
1 pinch
Water
5-7 cups
Kicharee

Method

  • Wash dal and rice together until water runs clear.
  • Heat a large sauce pan on medium heat then add Ghee (clarified butter), next add mustard seeds, Turmeric, Hing, whole cumin seeds and coriander powder.
  • Stir all together for a few minutes.
  • Then add rice, dal and stir again.
  • Now add the water, salt and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Next turn heat down to low, cover, and continue cooking until both dal and rice becomes soft.
  • The cilantro leaves can be added before serving.

YELLOW MUNG DAL SOUP Vegetarian-Dish

Ingredients

Yellow split mung dal
1 cup
Water
6 cups
Ghee
2 tbsp
Black mustard seeds
1/2 tbsp
Whole cumin seeds
1 tbsp
Hing
1 pinch
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 tbsp
Salt(rock salt)
1/2 tbsp
Ground corainder seeds
1/2 tbsp
Yellow mung dal soup

Method

  • Wash the Mung dal until the water runs clear.
  • Heat pot on medium heat, add water and dal. Cook for 30 minutes.
  • Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Then in another small sauce pan add Ghee heat at medium heat.
  • When it has melted you can add spices.
  • Then add spiced Ghee mix to soup.
  • Before serving garnish with freshly chopped cilantro leaves. Add salt to taste.
  • SPLIT PEA SOUP Vegetarian-Dish

    Ingredients

    Dry split peas
    1 cup
    Water
    6-8 cups
    Carrot(sliced in rounds)
    1 large
    Fresh ginger root
    1 inch
    Whole cumin seeds
    1 tbsp
    Hing
    1 pinch
    Split pea soup

    Method

    • Bring to boil in a medium saucepan all the above ingredients.
    • Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered until tender, an hour or more.
    • Add water as needed. When good and soupy, add:Fresh ground black pepper to taste1 tsp Salt

    MIXED VEGETABLES Vegetarian-Dish

    Ingredients

    Fresh zucchini
    1 cup
    Fresh Asparagus
    1 cup
    Red and yellow bell pepper
    1/4 cup
    Fresh ground cumin seed powder
    1 tbsp
    Fresh ground coriander seed powder
    1 tbsp
    Whole cumin seeds
    1 tbsp
    Mustard seeds
    1 tbsp
    Hing
    1 pinch
    Ghee
    1-2 tbsp
    Salt
    1 tbsp
    Mixed vegetables

    Method

    • Melt Ghee in medium sauce pan then add spices except for salt and sauté.
    • Add vegetables and cook on medium heat, stir often to prevent burning of veggies.
    • When veggies are soft and well cooked, then add-in salt and garnish with cilantro before serving.

    LIME RICE Vegetarian-Dish

    Ingredients

    White basmati rice
    1 cup
    Water
    2 cups
    Urad dal or mung dal
    1 tbsp
    Mustard seeds
    1/2 tbsp
    Turmeric powder
    1/2 tbsp
    Ground coconut
    2 tbsp
    Hing
    1 pinch
    Whole cumin seeds
    1 tbsp
    Fresh lime juice
    1 tbsp
    Ghee
    2 tbsp
    Salt
    1 tbsp
    Lime rice

    Method

    • Cooking rice and dal with water for 10 to 12 minutes.
    • Sauté spices (except for salt) in melted Ghee.
    • Then mix rice and sautéed spice mix together (along with lime juice). Add salt.
    • Before serving you can add cilantro and grated coconut to make the dish more colorful.

    LAUKI WITH GREENS AND MUNG BEANS Vegetarian-Dish

    Ingredients

    Lauki
    1 small
    Bunch greens
    1 small
    Mung dhal
    1/4 cup
    Spice mixture
    2 tbsp
    Minced fresh ginger root
    1/4 tbsp
    Ghee
    1 tbsp
    Rock salt to taste
    Lauki with greens and mung beans

    Method

    • Peel lauki, cut into half lengthwise and scoop out and discard the seeds. Chop lauki into 1/4" pieces.
    • Wash greens and chop leaves into small bits.
    • Steam greens and lauki for 15-20 minutes.
    • Wash and cook mung beans in water until soft. Drain.
    • Heat ghee in a pot until clear.
    • Add the spice mixture and ginger and sauté briefly to release the aroma of the spices.
    • Add the dhal and vegetables and salt to taste. Mix well.
    • Serve hot with a whole grain of your choice

    BITTER GOURD IN COCONUT MILK Vegetarian-Dish

    Ingredients

    Bitter gourd,trimmed cut into half deseeded and sliced thinly
    1 medium
    Ghee
    1 tbsp
    Brown mustard seeds
    1 tbsp
    Urad dhal
    1 tbsp
    Ground turmeric
    1/2 tbsp
    Ground cumin
    1/2 tbsp
    Thick coconut milk and pure water
    1/2 cup
    Rock salt to taste
    Curry leaves
    6-8
    Bitter gourd in coconut milk

    Method

    • Blanch the sliced bitter gourd in boiling salted water for 3-4 minutes, drain.
    • Heat ghee in a heavy-bottomed pot till it looks clear.
    • Add the brown mustard seed and urad dhal.
    • When the mustard seed starts to pop and the urad dhal turns golden brown,add the bitter gourd, turmeric, cumin and salt, and mix well.
    • Add the thinned coconut milk and crushed curry leaves and simmer until heated through.
    • Serve hot with boiled Basmati rice.

    SAUTEED BITTER GOURD Vegetarian-Dish

    Ingredients

    Bitter gourd,trimmed cut into half deseeded and sliced thinly
    1 medium
    Spice mix
    1 tbsp
    Whole cumin seeds
    1 tbsp
    Fresh yogurt
    1 tbsp
    Rock salt to taste
    Chopped fresh cilantro
    1 tbsp
    Sauteed bitter gourd

    Method

    • Blanch the bitter gourd slices in boiling salted water for 3-4 minutes. Drain.
    • In a large pan or wok, heat the ghee till it is clear.
    • Toss in the cumin seeds and stir briefly, being careful not to burn the seeds.
    • Add the bitter gourd, yogurt, spice mix and salt, mix well and sauté for about 5 minutes, till the gourd is fork tender.
    • Remove from heat, garnish with the cilantro and serve hot with flatbreads or a grain of your choice.

    BROCCOLI AND MUNG BEAN BAKEVegetarian-Dish

    Ingredients

    Mung dhal
    1/2 cup
    Chopped broccoli florets
    1 cup
    Water
    4 cups
    Lime juice
    1 tbsp
    Minced fresh ginger
    1/2 tbsp
    Chopped fresh cilantro
    1 tbsp
    Ghee
    2 tbsp
    Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
    1/4 tsp
    Oil
    1/4 tsp
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Broccoli and mung bean bake

    Method

    • Wash the mung dhal. Add water and cook until tender.
    • Stir occasionally and remove any scum that forms on top. Drain.
    • Add the broccoli, lime juice, ginger, salt and black pepper and mix gently.
    • Rub ghee on the bottom and sides of a shallow baking dish.
    • Scoop the mixture into the dish and drizzle the rest of the ghee on top.
    • Bake at 350-375 degrees for 10 minutes.
    • Garnish with cilantro and serve warm.

    MUNG DHAL WITH VEGETABLESVegetarian-Dish

    Ingredients

    Mung dhal
    1/2 cup
    Water
    4 cups
    Diced carrot
    1/4 cup
    Diced parsnips
    1/8 cup
    Diced white daikon
    1/8 cup
    Diced asparagus
    1/4 cup
    Turmeric
    1/4 tbsp
    Cumin seed
    1 tbsp
    Minced fresh ginger
    1/2 tbsp
    Ground coriander
    1 tbsp
    Black pepper
    1/4 tbsp
    Chopped cilantro
    1 tbsp
    Ghee
    1-2 tbsp
    Rock salt to taste
    Mung dhal with vegetables

    Method

    • Wash the mung dhal.
    • Add water, carrot, parsnips, asparagus stems, daikon and turmeric to the dhal and cook until dhal is tender.
    • Stir occasionally and remove any scum that forms on top.
    • Add salt, black pepper and ginger to cooked dhal.
    • Heat the ghee until it is clear.Add the cumin seed and stir briefly to release aroma and flavor.
    • Reduce heat to medium, add the powdered coriander and asparagus tops, stir for 2 minutes and remove from heat.
    • Pour the ghee-spice mixture over the dhal. Stir.
    • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.
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