A Lakshmi Team favourite, these Bindi Balls are absolutely delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp ajwain seeds
  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds and/or cashews
  • 3/4 cup ghee
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour 
  • 1/2 cup spelt flour
  • 1 cup besan flour (chickpea)
  • 1/2 cup LSA mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates, raisins or sultanas 
  • 2/3 cup ground jaggery

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Dosa is a type of pancake traditionally from the southern part of India. It’s one of my favourite dishes and I hope you enjoy the recipe.

Green peas and oats pancake (Mattar masala dosa)

This is super delicious and very easy to prepare.
Makes 6 pancakes

Ingredients:

• 1 ¾ cups oats powdered
• 6 tablespoons black gram powdered
• 1 cup water
• ½ cup green peas cooked
• ¼ cup onion chopped
• ¼ cup carrots grated
• ¼ tsp fennel powder
• ¼ tsp ginger paste
• 1 tsp pepper powdered
• ¼ tsp turmeric powdered
• ¼ tsp coriander powdered
• ¼ tsp mustard seeds
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• 2 tsp sesame oil or ghee
• Salt to taste

Preparation
1. Prepare dosa batter by mixing powdered oats and black gram with 1 ¾ cups water and salt. Mix well and keep aside overnight.
2. For the filling: Sauté the mustard seeds and fennel in ghee. Add onions and sauté further, then add carrots, green peas and cook. When cooked add ginger paste, coriander powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder, salt and cook further on medium flame.
3. Add lime juice and cook for one more minute
4. Keep aside
5. Preheat frying pan on medium heat. Add small amount of thee. Take a scoop ladle full of batter and pour in the middle of the pan. Quickly will with ladle outwards to spread the batter and form a thin circular pancakes. I prefer really thin.
6. Pour a few drops of ghee on top. Place a portion of the filling in the centre of the pancake and fold over
7. Your pea pancake is ready

Enjoy
With Love your Lakshmi Ayurveda team.

 

In comparison to the European winter, Australia has milder temperatures but it does get cold and damp especially in the mornings and evenings.

Because of the Ayurvedic rule that ‘like attracts like’ this is why in the winter season our Kapha and Vata dosha are likely to aggravate and often result in weight gain, depression, cough and cold, sinusitis etc.

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A beautiful Sunday morning deserves buckwheat pancakes for breakfast.

So easy and so delicious, great for children.

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An Ayurvedic perspective of the Pomegranate fruit and a Pomegranate juice recipe from Lakshmi Ayurveda.

 

 

Pomegranates are called Dadima in Sanskrit or Anar in Hindi. The botanical name is Punica granatum.

This beautiful fruit is popular for its refreshing taste.

For medicinal purpose the fruit, bark of the fruit and the bark of the roots are used in Ayurveda.

It constituents (Fruit) are Vitamin C, Pectin, Sterols, Alkaloids, and Tannins. This could scientifically explain many of the Ayurvedic indications for pomegranate /dadima.

There are numerous benefits of this fruit. Our top 20 indications:

1. Being alkaloid it is is a great anti acid and worthwhile trying if you suffer from Acidity. Try 50 ml of the pure juice, 1 to 2 x daily on an empty stomach. It is also soothing for an inflamed stomach
2. Useful in bleeding piles
3. Pomegranate controls diarrhoea (also good for children)
4. Great digestive aid. Deepana/ increases digestive function
5. Pomegranate strengthen the heart. New research can confirm this!
6. It maintains healthy level of Oestrogen as they contain a small amount of estrone. Best to eat the fresh fruit, juice or seeds during menopause.
7. The fruit also kills parasites, it is specific for tapeworms, pinworms and roundworms. Best to follow this with a colon cleanse to flush out the parasites.
8. Try and roast the seeds this is very beneficial for people with excessive appetite(balance tiksnagni).
9. Pomegranates are also a well known aphrodisiac, they benefit the semen (Shukrala) via the plasma or so called rasa dhatu in Ayurveda.
10. In nose bleed the juice of its flowers is instilled nasally (nasya) to arrest the bleeding.
11. The juice can also be applied on skin rashes, allergic rashes, insect bites. You can also mix it with aloe Vera gel 1:1 ratio.
12. The fruit intake can help to improve haemoglobin level and help in treating anaemia. Vitamin C helps Iron absorption
13. Useful in loss of taste/ tastelessness
14. Prepare a drink with jaggery to alleviate excessive thirst (trishnahara)
15. The rind of the fruit is astringent and can be used to prepare a toothpowder
16. The pomegranate seed oil is wonderful to nourish your skin and hair
17. Pomegranate juice is full of anti oxidants and it may help to reduce cancer, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and nourish the nervous system.
18. It is antiemetic and useful to relive vomiting sensation and nausea (chardinigraha)
19. Combine with the herb Shatavari for menopause
20. Combine with the herb Arjuna, Bala and Ashwagandha for strengthening the heart

Wow this are truly amazing benefits of a fruit.

Try our yummy fresh pomegranate juice recipe.
Best to be enjoyed at room temperature.

Pomegranate juice– Anar juice
1 pomegranate (remove seeds)
1 small slice of ginger
½ lime or 1 small lemon (remove the skin)
½ cup of water (add more if you like)
Pinch of salt
Option 1: add 30 ml of Aloe Vera juice
Option 2: add 3-4 mint leaves. This also looks nice for decoration.
Option 3: if you prefer it more sweet add 1 tsp of powdered jaggery

How to make it:
Combine all the ingredients except the salt and blend in a blender.
Strain the juice. Add a pinch of salt and enjoy.

The Ayurvedic properties of Dadima/ pomegranate are:
Rasa/taste: sweet, astringent and sour taste,
Vipaka/post digestive taste: sweet
Virya/potency: semi hot in potency and it has an effect to balance the Tridosha.
It possesses light and oil attributes.

From a spiritual view point
• It has many seeds and is a symbol of fertility
• 5 Things Lord Ganesha loves and pomegranate is one of it.
• In Jewish tradition pomegranates resembles fruitfulness, knowledge, learning and wisdom.
• According to some beliefs pomegranate are grown in the gardens of paradise.

It might be an idea to plant your own pomegranate tree at home. To have the garden of paradise at your doorstep.

With love the Lakshmi Ayurveda team
We look forward hearing from you Info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au

PS: Thank you Vanessa for dropping off some pomegranate fruits at Lakshmi Ayurveda. This was the inspiration to write about this special fruit.

Vati is a preparation where different medicinal substances are used to make tablets (vati) and pills (gutika). This is done either by cooking the powdered herbs with jaggery or guggulu or without cooking by macerating the powder with any liquid like honey and guggulu and then rolled into pills. They are made of one or more drugs of a plant, animal or mineral origin.

At Lakshmi’s kitchen we have prepared Eladi Vati/ Eladi Gutika

Ingredients:
Ela/cardamon, tejapatra/bay leaves, dalchini/ cinnamon, pippali/ long pepper, sita/sugar, yasthimadhu/ licorice, dried dates, grapes and honey.

How to make it:
1. All of the first six ingredients are made into a a fine powder and kept aside (needs to be fine)
2. The dried dates and grapes are ground into a paste with a mortar and pestle
3. Then the fine powder is added and mixed uniformly
4. Add the honey and again mix well
5. The content is mad into little pills
6. The pills should be dried out (best in sunlight).

Best to prepare at the end of summer to be prepared for the season change (autumn/winter).

Indication:
Relief cough and cold, fever, hiccup, vomiting, fainting, bleeding disorder (nose bleeding), spleen disorder, horse voice, loss of taste and this tablets are nourishing and calming.

Fresh prepared Eladi vati are available at Lakshmi Ayurveda. A natural approach to relief your cough and cold. Prepared with 100% organic ingredients.

For any questions or if you would like to try some please visit us at Lakshmi Ayurveda.
We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Wishing you a cough and cold free season!

Much Love the Lakshmi Ayurveda team 🙂