Kitcheri (also called kichadi), a relatively simple stew of basmati rice and split mung beans, is a staple in Ayurvedic cooking. It is delicious, easy to digest, nourishing and yet light. It is commonly the primary dish served during cleansing and rejuvenation programs (panchakarma). It is a great choice when you are ill, recovering from an illness, feeling a bit “off” ~ or anytime you just feel like it!
Renowned cooking instructor Nalini Mehta will be offering 4 weekly sessions of Ayurvedic cooking.
Betsy Ross, when choosing the colors of our beautiful flag, chose some mighty powerful colors!
Ayurveda is based on five sense therapies, and teaches that what we take in through our five senses determines our health. In other words, we are not just what we EAT - but also what we SEE, SMELL, FEEL, and HEAR!
We spend a lot of time here talking about the importance of healthy digestion. According to Ayurveda, digestion is huge; improper digestion is where ill health begins in the physical body. To get to the root of an ailment, digestion is always treated. What this means is that if you ensure that you have healthy digestion - EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU EAT SOMETHING - you are proactively helping yourself avoid illness. This places your health squarely in your own hands!
Ayurveda is a science that is based on the laws of nature. It teaches us to recognize the laws
that exist in the natural world and apply them to our health and well-being.
One of the ways that Ayurveda utilizes the laws of nature is with a simple premise:
LIKE INCREASES LIKE. OPPOSITE QUALITIES BRING BALANCE.
So what does this mean?
As the coolness of spring gives way to the warmth of summer, the fire element becomes dominant and creates heat in the environment as well as within our bodies. During this time, symptoms of excess heat (pitta aggravation) are most likely to occur, such as skin rashes, loose stools, acid indigestion, sunburn, heat stroke, fevers and overheated emotions (such as anger). The following recommendations will help you stay balanced during this season of sunshine and heat.
One of the most beneficial of all herbs, and one which we should all keep in our kitchen, is turmeric (curcuma longa). The benefits of this amazing rhizome are almost too numerous to list. Let’s begin with it’s effects on the doshas. It pacifies kapha and will only increase pitta and vata if used in excess, making it basically good for all three doshas.
One of the things that makes Ayurveda so effective is that it understands each person as a unique individual. To make proper health recommendations, Ayurveda says that 3 things must be known:
1) THE UNIQUE NATURE OF THE PERSON
2) THE UNIQUE NATURE OF THE MEDICINE
3) THE UNIQUE NATURE OF THE DISEASE.
Once we know this, we can make appropriate choices!
We talk a lot about the importance of healthy digestion, and that improper digestion can have a negative effect on health. In addition to the fact that when food is digested improperly it can lead to the formation of toxins called ama that are precursors to disease, improper digestion also prevents the tissues of our body from being properly formed. Ayurveda calls these tissues dhatus.