Have you heard of BORSCHT before?

Borscht is a native dish from Eastern Europe (Ukrainian origin). The main ingredient is beetroot which gives the dish this beautiful distinctive red colour.

The root vegetable, beetroot is scientifically known as Beta vulgaris. Beets are packed with essential nutrients and minerals like, Vitamin C, Folate, Iron, Manganese, Potassium

In Ayurveda Beetroot is considered to be a wonderful blood cleanser and recommended in Anaemia.

Borscht Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 stick of celery, chopped
  • 2 bay leave
  • 4 raw beets, scrubbed and chopped into bite size pieces
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 potato, chopped into bite size pieces
  • 2 litre of water
  • 1 ¾ cup chopped beet tops, spinach, or kale (optional)
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp of Himalayan salt
  • Pinch of black pepper or cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh dill or ¼ tsp dried dill weed
  • Plain yogurt to serve

 

 

How to make it

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and sauté che chopped celery until soft. Add the bay leaf, beets, carrot, potato and water. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes, until the beets are tender, add the greens and cook for 10 minutes longer. Add the lemon juice, salt, pepper, paprika and dill.
  2. Serve hot hopped with a spoonful of sour cream or yoghurt garnished with chopped parsley

A great dish for a cold winter day. It also taste nice with a homemade chapati 🙂

 

Mindful eating:

How we eat is as important as what we eat. Ayurveda understand that eating is one of the

most sacred experiences we have.

If we eat our food properly, with awareness and respect, the food joins well with our

body. If not, our body has difficulty to digest the food, causing gas and other digestive

disturbances. The end result of poor digestion is ama (toxins formed from poor digestion)

and this leads to disease. In Ayurveda, we try our best to make eating a form of meditation

by eating in peacefulness and with awareness.

 

Upayogasamstha means the rules of intake. In the Ayurvedic nutrition, it relates to the guidelines for healthy eating.  Some of these guidelines are:

  • Begin meals with grace or by simply taking 3-5 slow breaths with eyes closed. This
  • prepares the body to receive the food.
  • Eat in a calm environment where there is little distraction. It is best to avoid having
  • the television or radio on. Avoid excessive conversation and all conversations about
  • emotionally intense issues. Avoid reading or phone.
  • Chew your food until it is even in consistency. This requires your attention to be on
  • the food in your mouth. Chewing properly improves digestion and absorption of the
  • food
  • Eat at moderate pace and until you are 75% full. Overeating is one of the major

causes of disease in our society.

To find out more about Healthy Eating habits and Ayurvedic Nutrition we have our Nutrition and Beauty workshop coming up on the 25thof August 2018.

For information please email: info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au

With love your Lakshmi Ayurveda team – we hope you enjoy the Borscht

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