This year has taught us that health is one of the most precious things we can have...Ayurveda, Yoga & good Nutrition are key elements for a strong immune system.
Begin wrapping up this year at the Winter Solstice on December 21st. Eat light on this day, meditate on surrendering to the darkness. Set an intention on what you would like to germinate for the coming winter months. Give strength to the growth and the power of this year by moving forward with a vision.
Khichardi is the easiest solid food to digest
Ayurveda offers Khichardi, a recipe that is vital to learn when embarking of a Yogic path. This recipe is used in Ayurvedic cleansing therapies as a way to address the digestive fire, metabolism and gutt juices of the body. This digestive medicinal food is best done as a mono fast (fasting only on khichardi and veggies and spices) for 3 to 10 days. Include medicinal teas such as barks, roots, leaves and spices to support seasonal cleansing. Remember to use organic or highest quality foods found locally.
1/2 cup basmati rice
1/4 cup split mung beans
3-4 cups water
2-3 teaspoons ghee or olive oil
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds, 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 pinch red chili or cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida powder (also known as hing)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric, salt to taste
2 cups chopped vegetables in season
4-5 stems cilantro, washed and chopped
1/2 cup spinach, kale, chard greens, chopped
1-2 teaspoon dry shredded coconut
1 teaspoon lemon juice or liquid aminos
Rinse mung beans and rice a few times and set aside. In a pot, heat the ghee or oil on medium heat and add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds, hing, turmeric, red chili, and ginger in this order and saute' for 1 -2 minutes. Add the mung beans, basmati rice, and vegetables then add 6 to 8 cups water and salt. Bring to boil and then turn the heat low. Cook about 30 or 40 minutes or until the mung beans are soft. Cook with cilantro leaves, coconut and greens, add fresh lemon juice at the end and stir nicely. Preparation time is 45 minutes.
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Wellness Coach as well as a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.