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Kitchari

Kitchari

Kitchari

Kitchari is the ultimate ayurvedic comfort and healing dish and so simple to prepare. Kitchari translated means mixture. And that is exactly what it is, a mixture between mung dal (mung beans) and basmati rice flavored with spices and veggies. This one pot this is suitable for all the 3 doshas and easy to adapt for your preferences. The skillful use of the spices and vegetables can produce balancing effects for the three bodily doshas. It has so many good qualities but one of the best is the quick and easy preparation which makes it a popular dish for almost every lifestyle. The mix between mung dal and white basmati rice creates a balancing complete dish and it is a great source of protein and fibers. Kitchari is easy to digest and gives your body and mind strength and vitality. It does support all your tissues, it detoxifies the body and purifies the digestive system.

Time: 40- 50 minutes
Quantity: serves 1-2

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 70 gramm white Basmati rice
  • 70 gramm mung dal/mung beans (soaked overnight)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 370 ml water
  • 1 – 2 bay leaves or curry leaves
  • Pinch of asafetida/hing
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 5 cm of fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp fenugreek powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper freshly grounded
  • Pinch of salt
  • Fresh coriander (optional)
  • Favorite veggies (squash, kale, spinach, carrots, swiss chard etc.)

HOW TO DO IT:

  1. Rinse the rice and mung dal beans 3 to 4 times.
  2. Bring 1 tbsp of coconut oil to melt in a heavy bottom pan and sauté the bay or curry leaf with the asafetida. Add the rice, the mung dal beans and water. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes on low heat. After 10-5 minutes (depending on the veggies, evt. after 20 minutes) add your vegetables. Add more water if necessary. The mixture needs so be tender and soft.
  3. Use a second pan for the second mixture. Melt the 2ndtbsp of coconut oil and add the cumin and mustard seeds until they start to pop. Add the fresh ginger and sauté. Add turmeric, fenugreek and grounded pepper and sauté it for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add this spice mixture to the rice/dal mixture. Let it cook for another 5 to 7 minutes. Add some salt and if you like, the fresh coriander.

Et voilà here you have your delicious kitchari.

Bonne appétit! Love,Céline

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Ayurvedic winter diet

Ayurvedic winter diet

Ayurvedic winter diet

Late winter, which is from end of December to the beginning of March, is actually the season when the digestive fire is pretty strong. As it is cold outside, the body needs more fuel to keep itself warm and healthy. Naturally we crave a more substantial and more nutritional diet during this late winter season. The winter dietary habits actually come quite naturally, as you will see in a bit.

Most of your food should be warm, cooked, just slightly oily but well-spiced. Your food should be filling but not too heavy, something like a vegetable curry with leafy greens. Hearty and heating vegetables like radishes, spinach, onions, carrots, beetroot and other root vegetables are well received during this season. To spice things up a little, use hot spices like garlic, ginger, black pepper, cayenne, and chili.

Cooked grains like oats, barley, quinoa, tapioca, rice, or kitchari make an excellent breakfast. Steamed vegetables, whole wheat breads, and creamy soups and stews are ideal for lunch or dinner.Grab fresh, light and seasonal fruits from time to time. There are plenty of citrus fruits in season during winter.

You definitely should go for room temperature, warm or even hot drinks, like a herbal tea. A cup of hot, spiced almond milk with a pinch of turmeric or dried ginger and nutmeg before bed can be super tasty and helps you falling asleep better.

Try to reduce or avoid mucous-producing foods like dairy products, avoid it completely if you have a cold. Cold and frozen foods or drinks should be avoided as well. These will reduce the Agnior digestive fire. Stay away from late-night snacking. If you need something go for the cup of hot and spicy almond milk before bed.

Stay tuned for a super easy kitchari recipe. 🙂

Until then, stay warm!

Love, Céline

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Well-being tips for winter

Well-being tips for winter

We usually think of the seasons as spring, summer, fall and winter. In Ayurveda the seasons are divided into the 3 main doshas, Pitta, Vata and Kapha. Because during each season or period one dosha is more active than the others. Late fall and early winter is considered as Vata season; cold, dry, light, clear, and moving. The more we go into winter the more the Kapha season starts to show up; cold, wet, damp and heavy.

Luckily for us, Ayurveda has some tools in its box to help us thrive through this season:

  • Get up… – preferably before 6.00 am.
  • …and move – Even though it is cold, dark and wet outside, it is important that you get moving regularly and preferably sweaty. Go for a walk, do some yoga, go to the gym. Whatever makes you happy. Mornings are the best time to boost your circulation and metabolism with exercise.
  • Commit to a routine – It is a good time to start with a daily routine and maintain it as consistent as possible; this will help to keep your natural cycles and sleeping patterns in balance. Tongue scraping, neti pot and nasya oil are good morning routines to start with and on top they help to avoid the seasonal allergies.
  • Get oili – Perform once or twice a week a self – abhyanga, self-massage, with a good quality sesame oil.
  • Stay warm – Drink warm beverages, especially warm water during the day. It activates the metabolism, helps with the circulation and keeps you warm from the inside out.
  • Take a little time to relax – If you haven’t yet, start your meditation practice. It will help you to stay grounded and it helps definitely to get a good night sleep.
  • Spice it up – Drink warm almond milk with turmeric, ginger, cardamom, pepper and cinnamon (Golden Milk)

Take good care of yourself and stay warm! Love, Céline

 

Golden Milk

Golden Milk

Golden milk is the THE ayurvedic drink. It can help your digestion, circulation, keeps you warm and makes you happy. Real magic! You can either drink it in the morning, instead of coffee, in the afternoon as a “pick me up” drink or before bed as a late evening treat.

Time: 10-15  minutes

Quantity: 1 cup

What you need:

  • 250 ml almond milk (plus 60 ml water to simmer)
  • 3 cardamom seeds, cracked (or grounded cardamom)
  • ½ tsp grounded turmeric
  • 2,5 cm fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp grounded cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp grounded black pepper
  • Some jaggery or maple syrup to sweeten

How to prepare:

  1. Place the milk in a pot and add the water.
  2. Add all the spices and let it gently simmer for about 10 to 15 min.
  3. If needed, add some more water or milk
  4. Styr the sweetener to taste
  5. Serve hot with some cinnamon on top.

Enjoy!

Love,Céline

 

How to manage this cold and dark time of the year

How to manage this cold and dark time of the year

“Ayurveda is about the delicate harmony of our mind, body and spirit, and tuning into the natural ebb and flow of nature and our own true nature.” – Jasmine Hemsley

Take a deep breath, close your eyes and listen to the stillness. Its winter, baby! It has been here for a couple of weeks now and will stay with us for a couple of more weeks. It is dark, cold and wet. But it is also romantic, cozy and calm. It is the perfect time to tune in and take care of yourself. First, I will tell you about my morning routine, then some well-being tips for this winter time and about the best food during this cold and dark times and then we tune in into some detox tips. So, stay with me!

Morning Routine

Set the tone for your day with your morning routine. Especially in winter, when it can be difficult to get out of bed, it
is important to have a set routine, which makes it easier for you. Dinacharya is the Ayurvedic daily routine. It
corresponds to a series of self-care rituals to be performed at specific times of the day. It provides us with a ready-made structure as well as support. Let me walk you through my morningdinacharya:

 

  • Get up before sunrise – In winter this is pretty easy as the suns get up so late. But I anyway try to get up before 06.00. As the body is still in the Vata time zone until 06.00 am, which makes it easier for the body to get up. You will feel more energized and refreshed.
  • Mouth cleansing – right after getting up I tongue scrape and brush my teeth.
  • Inner shower for the body – I drink 2 to 4 glasses of warm water. It is like an inner body shower and the digestive tract gets activated.
  • Neti Pot – I use a Jala Neti Pot to cleanse my nostrils and get rid of the mucus which was build up during the
    night.
  • Body cleanse – Before I take a shower I do a quick body brush all over my body using a natural brush. It boosts the blood circulation, the lymphatic system and soothes the skin before I take a shower. During showering I pull some sesame oil in my mouth to get rid of Ama, the build-up toxins and bacteria the body has released during sleep.
  • Hydrate the skin – I usually use some sort of body oil. Now, during winter I reach for sesame oil or sea buckthorn oil. When its warmer I go with coconut oil or jojoba oil.
  • Meditation/gentle stretches – When all of the above its done, I take some time to sit, breath, listen and be. I usually mediate between 10 and 30 minutes in the morning followed by some gentle stretches end bends.
  • Breakfast time – Now, I am ready for breakfast if I am not intermitting fasting. If I do eat breakfast it is something warm, like a cinnamon flavored oat porridge.

This is it! This is my very own and personal morning routine. It is by far not complete or perfect, but it makes it easier for me to get up and start a fresh, new, happy and energized day.

Enjoy your mornings and let me know how it goes with your routine.

Love,

Céline