Khichdi, a popular dish with health enthusiasts is traditionally recommended in Ayurveda as it is easy to digest and helps balance all three doshas. To make it, combine equal parts of mung daal and basmati rice with ghee and spices like cumin, coriander, and turmeric. Add water and cook until the ingredients are soft and well-cooked.
This drink originated in India but the popularity of Golden milk or haldi doodh has now spread worldwide and it is even touted as one of the super foods for good health. It is a popular Ayurvedic drink that is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. To make it, warm a cup of milk with a teaspoon of turmeric powder, a pinch of black pepper, and a teaspoon of honey. You can also add other spices like cinnamon and cardamom for added flavour.
A storehouse of micro-nutrients, vegetable soup is a great way to nourish yourself and boost your immunity. To make it, chop onion, garlic, ginger, and spices like cumin and coriander in ghee or oil. Add chopped vegetables like carrots, beans, bottle gourd and cover with water or vegetable broth. Cook until the vegetables are tender and well-seasoned.
Light and easy to digest, masoor dal is considered one of the best lentils for digestion purpose. To make it, cook masoor dal with water, turmeric, and salt until the lentils are soft. In a separate pan, sauté onion, and spices like cumin and coriander. Add the cooked lentils to the pan, along with chopped tomatoes, and simmer until well-infused.
Sambar is a South Indian preparation that is teamed with dosa, idly, uttapam or rice and is packed with nutrients. To make it, cook toor dal with water, turmeric, and salt until the lentils are soft. In a wok, sauté onion, garlic, ginger, and spices like cumin, coriander, and mustard seeds. Add chopped vegetables like eggplant, okra, and tomatoes, and cover with water or vegetable broth. Cook until the vegetables are tender and well-seasoned.
Coconut chutney is a South Indian side dish that is made with coconut, lentils, and spices. To make it, grind fresh or desiccated coconut, roasted chana dal (split roasted gram), green chillies, ginger, and salt to a smooth paste. Add water as needed to get the desired consistency.
An essential probiotic to enhance gut health, this Ayurvedic drink is ideal to have in summer. You need a cup of milk and a bit of lemon juice to make it. Pour the milk into a measuring cup or bowl. Add the white vinegar or lemon juice to the milk and stir to combine. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes. The milk will thicken and curdle. After 5 to 10 minutes, your buttermilk is ready to use.