Ayurvedic Recipe by Xenia Bolomiti

Spring season is arriving slowly and it is time to nourish our bodies with the right kind of nutrients to help us through this change of season. In this week’s issue Xenia Bolomiti shares this lovely Ayurvedic Carrot Mung Dal Soup recipe.

Adjusting the Kapha Season

As we are in the Kapha season (late winter/early spring), symptoms like arterial plaque buildup, stiff muscles, hay fever, mucus will be more often.
During this season fat could build up faster, as we become more lethargic and heat in the body is increased, which means heat in the liver too.

As Spring is the best time to cleanse – especially when it comes to the liver – turmeric and ginger are the best herbs to open the blood and minimize thickness in order to avoid circulation clogging.

Melting fat enriches the blood provoking Kapha dosha. Allergies is a sign of aggravated Kapha, so it is crucial to avoid oily heavy foods
and sweet tastes. Minimize your intake of potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta, diary products, olives. Aim for bitter and astringent tasting foods, which are drying, cleansing and stimulating. Try to keep more detoxifying food like beets, bitter beans, millet, buckwheat, quinoa, apples, pomegranate, cranberry.
Warm food is better than raw food. Start your day with opening standing postures in order to avoid being lethargic.

Ayurvedic Carrot Mung Dal Soup

Carrot Mung Dal (yellow split lentil) Soup(Serves 2)
Cooking time: between 20mins- 30mins

5 big carrots
1 cup of fresh chopped coriander
1 small white onion
1 cup of split mung dal(washed)
a pinch of Salt
2 pinches of Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1 tbl of Olive oil or ghee (Indian clarified butter)

You bring the Dal in to boil and rinse it.
In a pan of boiled water you add all the ingredients,but the oil and stir well.
When the carrots-onions are soft you add the oil/ghee and stir well.You can mash it in a blender or eat it as it is.

Why this recipe?

• Diet should be rich in spices that assess the break down of the fats in our digestive system, cause of their warming effects
• Dal is rich in protein that helps with a healthy vegetarian diet to keep the muscles and joints strong
• Carrot and coriander as a bitter vegetable/herb prevent and assess allergies as they help to kill the bacteria
• This is the time in the year where everything is more heavy and slow, cumin is a very beneficial herb to help with weight loss
• Spiced soups is the best way to keep ourselves full and at the same time light during this season

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