This is such an easy recipe from the creators of The Great Gift of Ghee (more on this cookbook below). I love how you can personalize it with your choice of seasonal vegetables or flavors, and how the ghee makes all the yummy difference.
From: The Great Gift of Ghee
Serves: 2 medium portions
2 – 4 cups of your favorite vegetable
combination, in bite sized pieces (green beans, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower,
potatoes, asparagus, sweet potato, bell peppers, onions)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chili flakes (optional)
2 garlic flakes
1 tbsp Ghee
Juice of a lemon
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
Skillet that is 2 inches deep
Ladle or wooden spoon to stir
In the pictures shown, I used different color baby potatoes,
fennel, Swiss chard, baby beets with greens and an assortment of zucchini.
I browned the boiled potatoes first in Ghee and cumin for
that special roasted taste and added the fennel, zucchini, beets, and Swiss
chard raw since they cook so quickly—I favor them a little crunchy anyways.
Boil or blanch the vegetables as needed to cook. Root vegetables like sweet potato or yams should be cooked separately. Beans, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower can be blanched in boiling water for 3 minutes and then rinsed with cold water to retain their crunch. Bell peppers and onions should only be sliced or diced.
In a skillet, heat 1 tbsp Ghee. Add cumin seeds and swirl for a few seconds. Add the garlic, stir for a half-minute or so. Do not brown the garlic.
While sizzling, add the blanched vegetables and stir for 2 minutes on high heat. Add the salt, turmeric and chili flakes. Stir for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
Pour half the lemon juice over the vegetables. Add half the chopped cilantro and toss. Garnish with remaining cilantro.
Serve with lemon juice on the side.
The origin of the recipe and others to try
This recipe was shared by my friend Susanne Jarchow-Misch who art directed and co-published The Great Gift of Ghee. Check out this beautiful cookbook for more heirloom Indian recipes that are nutritious and easy to make for each season—as well as ancient wisdom related to cooking. For more about the creators, visit www.sansaar.co.
More seasonal flavoring tips
Don’t be afraid to play around with different flavors that
are balancing to your constitution. For example, if pitta is your primary dosha
and you make this in the summer, there are many cooling spices and herbs you
can try. See my blog 5
Ways to Stay Cool as a Cucumber This Summer With Ayurveda for details.
Long days. Outdoor fun. Travel. Relaxation. Summer certainly
has its perks. But the heat of summer can also throw you off balance,
aggravating your mind and body in many ways. According to Ayurveda, the ancient
“science of life,” there are reasons for that—and some helpful practices to
keep you calm and cool.
What summer has to do with
Before we dive into Ayurvedic practices for restoring your
balance, it will help to have some background. To put it simply, Ayurveda can
show you how your body reacts to the elements around you and within you, plus
what you can do about it.
The season of pitta/fire
All five of the primary elements (air, fire, water, earth and ether) and the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) exist in everything and everyone, but in different proportions. That means each season—and person—have elements and a dosha that are predominant, making them unique.
Summer aligns with the pitta dosha and the element of fire
because of its hot, penetrating, sharp and oily qualities.
How pitta can affect you
The pitta within you is closely related to your digestion, metabolism,
body temperature, thoughts, emotions and more. These can be prone to imbalance
as you’re exposed to summer’s heat and other pitta qualities. This is
especially true if pitta is your primary dosha.
When your doshas are aggravated, there can be many physical and emotional signs.
Signs of excess pitta
Acid reflux or heartburn
Skin irritation and rashes
Loose stools and diarrhea
Red, inflamed or light-sensitive eyes
Impatience and intolerance
Irritability and anger
Even if you experience these already, they may show more
often when pitta is aggravated.
5 tips to help balance pitta
in the summer
In Ayurveda, it’s believed that “like increases like.” So
things that are hot, penetrating, sharp and oily (pitta characteristics) can
aggravate your body and mind during the summer. Try to cut back on them and increase
what’s opposite of pitta—calm and cool—to keep your body and mind in harmony
with this season.
1. Choose cooling foods and drinks.
This is the most effective way to balance pitta. Good
fruits like pears, melons, mangos, apples, grapes, dates, figs and prunes (Avoid
citrus and other sour fruits.)
bitter vegetables like peas, sweet potato, cucumber, leafy greens, celery,
zucchini, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower (Cut back on
pungent varieties like onions, chili peppers, tomatoes and eggplant.)
or astringent spices and herbs like neem, shavarti, amalaki, burdock, cilantro,
parsley and fennel (Avoid cayenne, garlic, chili pepper, mustard seeds and
iced) beverages like water, coconut water and coconut milk. Teas like
chamomile, mint and coriander seed can be good if room temperature or cool. (Avoid
caffeine and alcohol, especially beer and wine.)
2. Cool down your exercise.
Adjust your physical activity during summer for optimal balance.
day: ideally early morning when it’s not as hot, especially if exercising
outside, otherwise in a cooler environment
no more than 50 percent of your maximum capacity
activities to consider: swimming, gentle yoga like moon salutations
(instead of sun salutations), walking, hiking and cycling
3. Limit heat exposure.
In addition to being mindful of exercise timing, you should
Minimize all sun exposure during the hottest part of the day.
Wear sunscreen if you go outside when the sun’s rays are the strongest (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to avoid a pitta-aggravating sunburn and other effects of the sun. Sunscreens are definitely not created equal, so check out EWG’s guide to safer sunscreens.
Avoid hot tubs or steam rooms.
4. Take it easy.
To balance pitta, it’s especially important to prioritize
self-care, calm your mind and slow down.
Go inward. Meditate or practice personal prayer or reflection, daily.
Be mindful of your emotions. Observe your feelings and how you react. Try to be patient and tolerant, and turn your focus toward positive thoughts.
Take deep breaths. Whenever you have to wait, deal with an unpleasant situation or simply want to enjoy more calm, try to take long, slow, deep breaths.
Relax. Make time each day for rest and relaxation. Listen to peaceful music, or enjoy silent moments. Lie on a blanket and take in the beauty of the moon and stars.
5. Follow an Ayurvedic daily routine that’s pitta pacifying.
Start to experiment
with these cooling suggestions and you’ll be on your way to harnessing all the
wonderful qualities of summer with fewer pitta-related aggravations.
Until next time, here’s to a cool, calm and balanced summer!
All material and information presented by Blueberry Bunch is intended to be used for educational purposes only. The statements made about products, supplements, or treatments have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information on bluberrybunch.com is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any condition or disease. Please consult with your own physician or health care practitioner before making changes to your diet, exercise routine, or lifestyle.
Comments Off on 5 Ways to Stay Cool as a Cucumber This Summer With Ayurveda