Ayurveda in the Kitchen

 

Ayurveda in the Kitchen:  Cook healthy food to boost your immunity.


Ayurveda : Consists of practical wisdom applicable and beneficial even today. The word Ayurveda means 'Knowledge of life'. It addresses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects for health and happiness.

Ayurvedic cooking, the way of life until few years back has drastically transformed to quick, instant and fast meals

Today, many of us believe that an Ayurvedic lifestyle is complicated to practice. Ayurvedic cooking, the way of life until few years back has drastically transformed to quick, instant and fast meals.

Today's food combination of old and new flavors. When fusion of food primarily happens for taste and ignores the health factor it is a recipe for sickness.

From grinding fresh flour every-day to buying packaged, ready to eat food, we have come a long way.

Ayurveda teaches us to eat fresh, local and seasonal, the exact factors emphasized by environmental experts for a sustainable lifestyle. When we eat in-season food, we stay away from pesticide laden food. The nutritionally rich food keeps us healthy by maintaining and restoring the body systems. Such food is medicinal.

Ayurvedic cooking is simple, practical and extremely doable involving easy recipes to suit your requirements based on personal and other factors.



Ayurveda classifies food in three categories:

1 Sattvic,

2. Rajasic  

3.Tamasic 

Sattvic diet is a diet based on foods that contain one of the three yogic qualities (guna) known as sattva. In this system of dietary classification, foods that decrease the energy of the body are considered tamasic, while those that increase the energy of the body are considered rajasic.

The word sattvic means “pure essence,” and sattvic foods are thought to be pure and balanced, offering feelings of calmness, happiness, and mental clarity. Rajasic foods are described as overly stimulating, and tamasic foods are believed to increase weakness and laziness.


Sattvic Foods

Sattvic foods are balancing food. These include fresh organic fruits and vegetables, most whole grains, legumes and nuts, milk and ghee, beans and lentils, plant-based oils, honey, molasses and spices like mustard, cumin, cinnamon, coriander, ginger and turmeric.

The Sattvic personality

People who follow the sattvic way of eating are known to be clear-minded, balanced, and spiritually aware. They usually avoid alcohol, stimulants like tea, coffee, tobacco and non-vegetarian food.

 

Rajasic (originating from the word 'Raja', meaning king, means kingly or fit for a king) food is associated with quality and freshness. However, it also also encourages aggression and makes one more domineering. It can also leave a person feeling busy, overwhelmed and bothered.



 Rajasic Foods

Foods that are fresh but heavy to digest are Rajasic. People who do a lot of physical activity can eat these foods. These foods are stimulating and can cause physical and mental stress if overeaten. These include spicy herbs, coffee, tea, and salt.

Fruits - dates (dried), bottled juices, guava, lime, lemon, passion fruit, papaya, soursop.

Legumes - kidney beans, navy beans, pinto beans, red lentils.

Nuts and seeds - hemp seeds, peanuts, sprouts, sunflower seeds.

Oils - avocado oil, hemp oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil.


The Rajasic personality

This diet is linked to sensual stimulation. Rajasic people are usually aggressive (in a positive way) and full of energy. They are interested in the four Ps — power, prestige, position and prosperity. But they are quite in control of their lives and aren’t obsessed by any of the above. They are go-getters and know how to enjoy life.

 

Tamas (Sanskrit: तमस् tamas "darkness") is one of the three Gunas (tendencies, qualities, attributes), a philosophical and psychological concept developed by the Samkhya school of Hindu philosophy. ... Tamas is the quality of inertia, inactivity, dullness, or lethargy.

Tamasic Foods

Tamasic foods are impure, heavy and dead. Eating tamasic foods makes you dull. These include onions and garlic.

Tamasic foods include meat, fish, onions, garlic, mushrooms, overripe and underripe fruits and vegetables. In addition, some fermented foods like vinegar, bread, pastries, cakes, alcohol and even leftovers and stale food are considered Tamasic.


The Tamasic personality

Tamas brings about stagnation leading to degeneration of people’s health. Such individuals suffer from intense mood swings, insecurity, desires, and cravings and are unable to deal with others in a balanced way. They have little regard for the welfare of others and tend to be very self-centered. Their nervous system and heart do not function optimally and such individuals age fast. They usually suffer from conditions like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and chronic fatigue. They usually lead a sedentary lifestyle. Such individuals would benefit from switching to a sattvic diet. Others, who live life in moderation and are into politics, business, defence or into athletics would do well by following the Rajasic way of life.

 



Good Immunity - feel fresh and feel happy.

Stay healthy and enjoy the life.


Ancestor’s choice: Eating a wholesome meal on a banana leaf.

The usage of banana leaves to serve food dates back to at least 1500 years and could be as old as at least 3000 years. This is clearly indicative of the fact that it must have some useful properties that benefit humans. Let us take a look at some of them:

Being a plant leaf, it is available in plenty and is easily degradable. It requires very little cleaning and is easily disposable, meaning a huge family get together will not leave you with a pile of dirty dishes to wash for the next two days. Moreover, it is eco-friendly on all levels. It does not contain harmful chemicals or coatings, requires very little water for cleaning, and cuts the need for harmful dish washing soaps; indeed a boon for a water-scarce country like ours!

Eating a wholesome meal on a banana leaf gives you more health benefits than you can fathom. The antioxidant polyphenols present in them help fight cancer, and the polyphenol oxidase helps fight Parkinson’s disease. Banana leaves are also extensively used in traditional medicine such as Ayurveda.

Plates and cutlery often contain a thin coat of dish washing soap or detergent even after being washed and cleaned thoroughly. And these chemicals when ingested cause harmful side effects. This problem is completely eliminated while using banana leaves. They require very little water for cleaning and are especially more preferable while eating at places with poor hygiene.

It serves as a practical solution for wanting to have everything you eat in a single serving on a single serving dish. What more does one need? You don’t need to confuse yourself with the different cutlery and try to match them with their specific purpose. Just load up your leaf and dig in!

It is waterproof and perfect for serving liquid food items such as rasam, kheers, or kadi.

Indian meals are large and moreover, not divided into specific courses. At weddings, we get served sweets, entrees, appetizers, main course, pickles, papads, and sometimes, even desserts at the same time. What better way to do it than to present it on a beautiful banana leaf.

Not only does the colorful appearance give you pleasure while eating, it also saves time taken for serving each dish, and the number of serving rounds needed; especially during large events and weddings.

Ever tried taking in the intoxicating aroma of something hot placed on a banana leaf? You should try it next time. Not just that; it improves the taste of certain dishes too.

Finally, we love to follow the ways of our ancestors- especially when they are right! It is nice to have a bit of history and culture when you are dealing with something as fundamental as food.

Our ancestors were sensible and efficient people indeed! And sometimes, isn’t that one reason enough?

Let us get in touch with our roots and be part of that proud tradition.

These things help you to boost your immunity and keep you healthy.

 In city area Banana leaf is available in vegetable markets.











2 comments:

  1. Ayurveda is an ancient medicine and healthcare system. Thank you for sharing insights on ayurvedic cooking. The article you have shared here is very informative and the points you have mentioned are very helpful. Great blog. Ayurveda Cooking Classes UK

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