Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ayurveda and the 3 types of Menopause

By Dr. Shamna Prudith.

Womanhood is a great blessing and is, of course, a big responsibility. A woman passes through various life transitions including menarche, pregnancy, labour, breast-feeding, child nurturing and finally menopause. These phases are all part of normal female physiology. Through bloodletting in menstruation, the body provides the woman with a natural way of monthly cleansing and rejuvenation. At menopause, the body puts an end to her reproductive life.

Ginger, ayurveda and it multiple uses.

Origins and History

The origin of ginger is not unknown for certain, and it is not known to grow wild, but it is grown in many tropical climates around the world. Nevertheless, since antiquity, there have been references to its cultivation and medicinal use in ancient China and India, suggesting that it may have originated somewhere between northern India and eastern Asia.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Warming Winter Teas for Each Dosha

This herbal teas are your best winter companions. Do not matter if you choose to take them in your quiet sofa or in a party, it is always uplifting for all and surely preventing dullness and cold.

Kapha Balancing

  • 6 cups water
  • ⅛ of an orange slice or a nice pinch of dried orange peel
  • 5 cardamom pods

Friday, January 13, 2017

Coconut Chutney

 This is a cooling chutney just a few minutes to put together. I know that you may get discouraged in peeling the fresh coconut, but I reassure you that using a fresh coconut is worth the extra effort.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ginger chutney

In silence retreats I like to serve this chutney to aid digestion for vattha dosha. It complements wonderfully the simple kachadi. You can make a good amount and refrigerate for 4 to 5 days.

Combine the following ingredients in a blender, then blend until smooth:
1 cup of fresh ginger, cut in small pieces for easy blend.
1/2 cup olive oil.
Salt to taste
5 tsp jaggery syrup or any syrop
1 thin ring of lemon with peel ( the whole lemon slice)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


By Dr.Shamna
If you think your appetite has gone down, your tongue is coated, you feel little ors no taste for food, or areis disturbed by abdominal bloating and flatulence, you may need some digestive support. Here is an easy and tasty drink recipe/ cuisine from the land of Ayurveda.
All you need is

Monday, December 26, 2016

Raw Chocolate Pudding

This raw, completely natural, no-sugar-added banana cacao almond butter pudding will make your heart skip a beat! It won't give you a sugar crash either. I expect that kids will love this recipe too. If you don't have raw cacao powder you can try using unsweetened cocoa powder, although you will likely have to adjust the amount to taste. I recommend adding it 1 tablespoon at a time and taste testing as you go. Roasted almond butter would also work lovely. And because I will probably be asked - the banana flavour does come through quite a bit in this pudding.

Vegan Banana Bread

By Angela Liddon.

This vegan banana bread is delicious, wholesome, naturally sweetened, and takes 10 minutes to throw together. What could be better when you have some overripe bananas to use up? Nothing, my friends, absolutely nothing! Whip this into the oven before guests arrive to fill the house with a delectable banana bread aroma. For a fun twist, try adding cinnamon and nutmeg into the dough before baking, or even stir in some chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate for a more decadent loaf. I love it topped with both sliced banana (which enhances the sweetness and banana flavour) and crunchy walnuts.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Smokey sweetcorn and tofu fritters

By Yotam Otolenghy
These fritters are so positively free-from – no dairy, no gluten – that it would be churlish not to serve them with a fried egg to make up for it. Avocado, for those sticking with the vegan theme, is another winning combination. Serve these as close as you can to making them as they really benefit from being eaten nice and crisp, straight from the pan. If you can’t get fresh kaffir lime leaves then use 1 teaspoon of finely grated lime zest instead. If you can’t get the chipotle chilli flakes then either blitz up a whole dried chipotle or ancho chilli or else just increase the smoked paprika to ¾ teaspoon.

Serves four, 3 fritters each

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fresh Beans with Hazelnut and Oranges.

Orange and hazelnut go wonderfully well together. They offer a good balance of freshness and earthiness and the flavours are subtle enough to complement the beans without overpowering them. The beans can be cooked and chilled a day in advance and then dressed before serving. Sugarsnaps, green peas and broad beans can substitute any of the other two beans or be added to the salad.

Serves 6

400g French beans
400g mangetout