Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ayurvedic favourites

Foods that are tasty and wholesome,
that give long life,
vitality, strength, health, happiness and satisfaction.

-Bhagavad Gita

What we eat and how we live on a daily basis can be our strongest allies in restoring and maintaining health. In ayurveda, the science of life, food plays a prominent role in promoting health and is therefore considered medicine.

Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of
proper nutrition
food choices
food combining
cooking methods

herbal nutrition
all based on the specific needs of the individual and any current imbalance of the doshas.

In Ayurveda herbs are also used for their nutritional and nourishing qualities, or to counteract any doshic imbalance and toxin formation as a result of poor digestion.

The Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea is my favourite. This caffeine-free herbal tea contains:
Cinnamon, Orange Peel, Cloves, Blackberry Leaf, Allspice, Fennel, Ginger, Cardamom, Aloe Blossoms, Gymnema Sylvestre, Chamomile.

Unfortunately this tea product isn´t for sale here in Japan. Luckily my friend sells FOREVER products and can order tea for me from overseas.

I love pancakes, especially for breakfast. The lovely yogini Sara Avant Stover mailed me the recipe below. Please try it out.

The pancakes will surely fill the VATA and PITTA stomachs and keep them on a good mood until lunch...since nobody wants to be close to a hungry PITTA.

Ayurvedic Buckwheat Pancakes

Yield: Several regular-sized pancakes

• 1 cup buckwheat flour
• 1 cup oat bran
• 3/4 tsp baking powder
• 1 t baking soda
• 1/2 t sea salt
• 3 cups almond milk or rice milk
• 1 egg
• 2 Tbs. Sunflower or olive oil

1. Mix all dry ingredients well in a bowl.
2. In another bowl, beat egg and beat in butter, milk, and oil.
3. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture, stirring only enough to moisten. A few lumps are fine.
4. Pour onto a hot, oiled, evenly heated griddle or skillet.
5. Turn over when bubbles appear on edges and underside is light brown.

*add blueberries or banana if you like. Serve with a little
bit of warmed maple syrup and some ghee or butter, if you


  1. Interesting. Yes, when I get hungry, I need food immediately =) so trying to prevent that with balancing my diet.

  2. yum, yum, and more yum! i have to find me some of that tea. sounds so good!

  3. Oishi i desu!

    The japanese say "Oishi i desu" a way to describe that the food is delicious.