Dal or lentils are one of the easiest dishes to prepare. It is light on the stomach and enriched with proteins. Tridoshic dal is an Ayurvedic preparation that is beneficial for all doshas and keeps them in check. It cleanses the body of ama or toxins, and is very good for digestion, as well as a light food to be taken if one is suffering from diarrhoea. It pacifies Kapha and Pitta doshas and increases Vata. Here’s how you can prepare this Tridoshic dal at home:
- 1 cup split moong dal
- 8 cups of water
- 2 cups summer squash, in ¼ to ½ inch slices
- 1 cup carrots, in ¼ to ½ inch slices
- 1/8 teaspoon hing (asafoetida)
- 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil or ghee
- ¼ teaspoon of haldi or turmeric
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ tablespoon fresh ginger root, minced
- 1 small hot green capsicum, chopped finely (If you have pitta dosha don’t add this)
- ½ teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)
- ½ teaspoon to 1 table spoon black mustard seeds (Add only a little for pitta, and greater amount for vata and kapha)
- Heat one tablespoon oil or ghee.
- Add hing and cumin seeds. Then add all the spices and two teaspoonfuls of water. Sauté for 30 seconds over low heat but don’t let the spices burn.
- Add the beans and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add chopped vegetables and stir it for another minute or two.
- Add water, salt, ginger and pepper, bring to a boil on high heat. Then cover and reduce heat to medium low.
- Let the dal simmer for 45 minutes.
- Take another remaining tablespoon of oil or ghee, add cumin and mustard seeds, and let them pop. Add it to the dal finally.
- Garnish with fresh coriander.
We hope you will benefit from this nutritious, healthy and easy-to-make Tridoshic dal which is well-suited for all dosha types.
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In Ayurveda, it is believed that it is more important to be mindful of what you eat than to just avoid certain foods. The whole approach to food needs to be taken into account whenever you enjoy a meal. Read on to find out about the points you should keep in mind for better digestion:
- Really enjoy your meal: Look at your plate. Take in the smell, colour and presentation of the dish you are about to eat. When you appreciate the food you eat, your body will too. In addition, if you take in all the flavours and smells of the food, your stomach will also feel fuller and you are less likely to overeat.
- Lunch should have the most: Lunch should be your biggest meal. This is because the digestive fire is the strongest when the sun is high in the sky. So make sure you include lots of healthy options in your diet, and give your body ample time for digesting.
- Eat slowly and relaxedly: In today’s fast-paced world, it is easy to have a hurried meal without really sitting down and taking time out for it – often we eat at our desks or while standing up and running other errands.
- Drink lots of water: Keeping your body hydrated not only helps keep essential fluids in circulation but also allows for an easier digestion process. Sip warm water throughout the day and don’t forget to drink when you feel thirsty. Warm water is easier to digest than cold water as well.
- Don’t multitask: When you’re eating, do just that. We can be tempted to snap a picture of our meal on Instagram, or chat or try and finish work while eating but that’s not ideal. Multi-tasking isn’t good for your body either – it engages your nervous system which can interrupt digestion.
- Eat fresh: There’s a belief that anything that’s naturally grownis good for the stomach. Eat freshly cooked foods as far as possible. Canned or readymade food contains a lot of excess salt and preservatives which can cause acidity and troubled digestion.
- Have something only when hungry: Don’t eat when you’re bored; eat only when you’re hungry. Before you reach out for that chips pack or chocolate bar, think about whether you really need to have it. Drink some water instead, since our body mimics the same feeling when you are thirsty when you’re hungry as well.
- Relax after your meal: Instead of rushing away to get back to work, take a few minutes to breathe. Don’t shift activities so fast that your body doesn’t get time to adjust. Take 2-3 minutes to sit down and breathe for a few minutes once you’ve finished.
- Ginger tea as a post-meal drink: Ginger tea helps reduce bloating after a heavy meal, and helps aid digestion so that you don’t feel uncomfortable. Do not drink too much of it though, and opt for a lightly brewed version.
Finally, eat fruits before meals and not after – a common mistake we all make. Keeping these simple tips in mind the next time you sit down to eat will go a long way in improving your digestion.
Your diet determines a lot – your overall health, your mood, your sleeping habits, your weight and a lot more. In today’s fast paced world it’s easy to opt for convenience over health and so we end up reaching for a bag of chips instead of an apple or a glass of water. Dinner tends to be mostly late or as a takeaway, but in the long run, all of this can cost you your health. We bring you 5 easy and quick no-fuss changes you can make to your diet to stay healthy.
- Eliminate the junk: Take an honest look at your current diet. Stay away from the junk foods aisle at the supermarket. See how many instant, frozen or convenient packaged foods are on your list. There’s a saying that if what you eat does not come from nature, it’s probably not good for you. So start by cutting out unnecessary junk from your diet.
- Avoid huge meals: Instead of 3 large meals, have 5 small meals of energy and protein-rich foods throughout the day. Include fruits, nuts, seeds, pulses and dairy in these 5 meals that will keep you charged up throughout the day. There should be a balance between sattvic and rajasic foods and tamasic foods should be avoided as far as possible. Sattvic foods include anything that easy to digest such as fruits and vegetables, and are known to keep your mind sharp. Rajasic foods stimulate your mind to keep it alert and include eggs, caffeine, meat, chillies etc. Tamasic foods comprise frozen foods, leftovers and other less healthy options.
- Water is the best drink: Steer clear of sweetened beverages – they contain an unhealthy and unnecessary amount of sugar. Replace them with fresh (not canned) fruit juice and water. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day.
- Eat the right kind of fats: Fats are not always unhealthy but transfats, found in most junk food, are unhealthy. Instead, opt for healthy fat sources like ghee, olive oil, fresh cream, homemade butter, nuts and seeds and even avocados. Eat them in small portions though, to maintain a balance.
- Conquer sweet cravings: Too many sweets are bad for you and can increase blood sugar to amplify your risk for diabetes. The next time you want chocolate, opt for bitter dark chocolate and have just one small piece. Or you can even go for low fat flavoured yoghurt.
The above tips are super easy for you to incorporate into your daily schedule, and before you know it, your fast food cravings will be a thing of the past.