Blog — vata RSS

Clear Tomato Soup

Traditional south Indian soup 'Rasam' is made with lentil stock and tomatoes. This is a simple soup and can be enjoyed during cold winter nights. Special warming ingredients such as curry leaves, black pepper, turmeric, and ginger help with digestion and provide natural warmth to our bodies. If you cannot find curry leaves (only to be found at the Indian store), then squeeze a tablespoon of lemon, and that should do the trick. Curry leaves are quintessential to south India, and every family grows their own curry leaf plant. Back home, my mom has a huge curry leaf plant, it is almost a tree, and just rubbing your fingers on the leaves oozes essential oils from these delicious curry leaves....

Continue reading

Winter Kitchari

This is a recipe based on the principles of India's ancient traditional holistic lifestyle - Ayurveda. Kitchari (a rice and lentil porridge) is even more comforting during these cold months of winter. Cooked with warming spices and seasonal vegetables, this recipe yummy for your tummy! Serves: 2 Ingredients 1/2 cup white rice (preferably short-grain OR parboiled rice) 1/2 cup split mung beans Seasoning:  2 Tablespoons ghee 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 3-4 cloves 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger root, peeled and minced 1/2 jalapeno, minced 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 teaspoon sea salt (or as required) 1 cup peeled and chopped carrots 4 1/2 cups boiling water 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed   Instructions Using a colander, rinse lentils and rice under...

Continue reading