Healthy Ayurvedic Recipes For The Holidays

 

Healthy Ayurvedic Recipes
With all the winter holidays coming up, there is much temptation in the way of food and drink! Every supermarket and store is displaying holiday treats and the delicious aromas are enough to invite one to splurge. However, the following recipes will lessen the guilt that comes with indulgence. After all, using organic and doshic friendly ingredients will bring joy and contentment instead of the guilt of festive sweets. Enjoy!

Ayurvedic Sooji Halwa 

All ingredients should be organic.
Ingredients

    • ½ cup of coconut oil or ghee
    • 1 cup of semolina flour
    • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon of cardamom
    • 1 cup of whole milk
    • 2 cups of filtered spring water
    • ½ cup of raisins
    • ¼ cup of sunflower seeds
    • ¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
    • ¼ cup of turbinado sugar

 

    1. In a saucepan boil the milk, water, sugar, cinnamon and cardamom together. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
    2. In the meantime, in a separate pan, sauté the flour in the oil until a deep golden color. Keep over medium/low heat.
    3. Add the boiled mixture to the sautéed semolina stirring frequently with care as there may be some sizzling and splashing.
    4. Add the raisins and the seeds and let cook for a further 5 minutes.
    5. Spoon into a bowl and enjoy! 

 

Great Video: How To Easily Make Delicious Sooji Halwa

Ayurvedic Fruit Bake
Note: Pitta types can substitute fennel powder over cinnamon and Kapha types can add ½ teaspoon of powdered ginger.

All ingredients should be organic.
Ingredients

  • 3 bananas peeled and sliced
  • 4 apricots pitted and sliced
  • 3 peaches pitted and sliced
  • ½ cup of dried figs
  • ¼ cup of raisins
  • ½ cup of coconut flakes
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ cup of slivered almonds
  • Juice of two oranges
  • Mint for garnish

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Arrange the fruit in a dish large enough to hold in a single layer.
  3. Sprinkle the raisins, figs over the fruit.
  4. Pour the orange juice over the fruit and sprinkle the cardamom and cinnamon on top.
  5. Sprinkle the almonds and coconut on top and bake for 25 minutes.
  6. Garnish with mint and enjoy!

 

Ayurvedic Winter Delight
Note: This is a rather heavy drink so Kapha types should drink in moderation and substitute almond milk over whole milk. For Pitta types substitute Fennel powder instead of ginger.

All ingredients should be organic.
Ingredients

  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • ½ vanilla bean pod with seeds removed
  • ¼ tsp of freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp of ground ginger

 

  1. Bring all the ingredients to a boil in a pot and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain into a cup and enjoy!
  3. Honey, jaggery or stevia can be added for sweetness according to taste.
  4. Alternatively adding blended dates and/or almonds can also enhance the vitality boosting element.
Kiren Dhaliwal
kiren_km@hotmail.com
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