Nut-free Ayurvedic ‘Spice Bliss Balls!’


Ingredients:

  • Ghee
  • Besan (chickpea) flour
  • Rice flour
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Dates
  • Coconut sugar
  • Ajwan seeds
  • Fennel seeds
  • LOVE!

Method:

  1. Add 1/2 cup of Ghee to a pan.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of Besan flour and stir… we want to toast the besan flour.
  3. Add 4 tablespoons of rice flour and stir.
  4. Toast the flour in the Ghee on medium heat for approx 10 minutes or until it smells and looks toasted/darker.
  5. In a separate pan dry toast 3 tbsp sesame seeds, 3 tbs sunflower seeds then pour into separate bowl.
  6. In the same pan, toast your spices. Add 3 tbsp of Ajwain seeds & 3 tbsp of Fennel seeds. Toast until ‘toasted’, they will smell toasted and look toasted. Add the spices to a mortar and pestle and grind into a powder.
  7. Chop 1 cup of dates into small pieces.
  8. Now add the dates, ground spice and seeds to the pan with Ghee and Besan flour and stir.
  9. Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl, be careful, it will be hot still!
  10. In mixing bowl add 4tbsp of coconut sugar and mix in with the flour, dates, seeds etc.

Wait for the mixture to cool, then using your hands roll into small balls and they are ready!

If they are not sticking together properly, add a little extra Ghee to assist with binding.

Enjoy warm or place in the fridge to allow the Ghee to cool and the balls to go hard.

A traditional Ayurvedic treat, warm, toasty and spicy with just the right amount of sweet to cradle you from Autumn into Winter…!

x Enjoy!

Love, Lorien

Saffron Warm Milk!

Warm Ayurvedic Milk with Saffron, Cinnamon & Fennel!

A super-charged, Ojas boosting , yummy, rejuvenating, warming, reproductive tissue-nourishing Ayurvedic drink!

Milk: Dairy milk can be very nourishing for the deeper tissues in the body, particularly the reproductive system. When using milk, consider it as being ‘medicine’.  This means that we want to honour the milk and take it with awareness and moderation.

A few tips to make your milk easier to digest:

  1. Always boil your milk. Milk is heavy and cool in nature and through the process of heating milk and consuming it while warm, we make the milk warmer, lighter and easier to digest. The process of heating milk also purified the milk, making it more potent and digestion friendly!
  2. Always use organic, un-homogenised Jersey milk where possible. The milk from Jersey cows is called ‘A2’ milk and this milk has been shown to be easier to digest than the milk that comes from ‘fresian’ cows, a different breed. In India, the cows that provide milk are Jersey cows. It is important to use un-homogenised milk as the process of homogenisation spins the fat particles so fast that they get dispersed and separated. When the body takes in this milk that has been altered, it doesn’t know what to do with it, as the particles don’t match up the way they ought too. This creates an inability for the body to digest the milk and can cause a range of upsets and intolerances to dairy.
  3. Add spices to make the milk easier to digest, improve your digestion and allow for proper nourishment to occur. Spices such as Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Fennel and Saffron go wonderfully with milk and they taste and smell delicious!
  4. Drink as medicine and use in moderation. A warm milk before bed is wonderful simple remedy to calm and sooth the nervous system, nourish the tissues, rejuvenate the reproductive system and build up ‘Ojas’, which is like our ‘life-force’, essence, juice, glow, joy in life!

Art by: Devendra Sharma

Happy Spicing and boiling friends! :)

Feel free to write a message for any further questions on Milk!

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x Love Lorien

Wholesome ‘Carob Chocolate’ Recipe!

For those choosing to eat a path of Wholefoods, avoiding excess stimulation to the nervous system, avoiding processed sugars and unhealthy hydrogenated oils, then the prospect of finding some ‘Chocolate’ pleasure to share with your love (or simply your beautiful self!) might seem unnerving.

In Ayurvedic medicine, Chocolate is considered to be heating for the body and easily over-stimulating to the nervous system (brain) which really needs to stay cool, calm & collected! Due to these and some other reasons, Chocolate is not something you will find your Ayurvedic practitioner generally prescribing.

A big part of Ayurveda’s holistic approach is about maintaing balance not become too ‘rigid’ or stuck in one thing or another.

We always have wholesome choices we can make however. When it comes to eating ‘treats’ and things of a ‘Chocolaty’ kind… This is the way I like to do it!

Ingredients:

  • 10 tblsp’s of Coconut oil
  • 3-4 Tbsp’s of Carob powder
  • 1 Tbsp of Tahini/Almond butter or Sunbutter
  • 1/4 tsp of Sea salt
  • Dash of Vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon powder (In Ayurveda this helps the body digest Sweet foods & improves circulation)
  • Major ingredient, LOVE!

*To set the Chocolate’s you can use an ice-cube tray (one with silicon at the bottom for ease is best!)

 Method:

  1. Melt Coconut oil and pour into a bowl.
  2. Add your Carob to the bowl and mix with your favorite spoon.
  3. Add Tahini, Almond butter or Sunbutter and stir thoroughly. (We want the consistency as smooth as possible!)
  4. Next add the vanilla, cinnamon, salt and stir.
  5. Pour your mix into your chosen chocolate mould or ice cube tray and place the chocolates in the freezer for approx 30mins to allow them to set!

When they are ready to serve, pop out the hearts and enjoy these real – wholefood sweet treats!

An easy peazy, simple, homemade creation that will satisfy your Chocolate taste-buds & leave you feeling balanced and calm after-wards!

*Carob is naturally sweet. This recipe is 100% sugar free and sweetener free as this is how I love to make them 95% of the time! J To make these chocolate treats a little sweeter or for a special occasion, you can add a dash of maple syrup – both delicious and slightly different! J

* Customise your choclates by adding a few Goji berries on top, some currants, desiccated coconut or whatever your tummy, heart and taste-buds desire! Yum! 

With Love!

x Lorien

 

Summer Fresh Salad!

Fresh organic crispy cos lettuce (hydrating & rich in chlorophyll for the blood), Organic home sprouted Moong bean sprouts (protein source, enzymes), fresh organic Coriander (cooling/balances the fire element ‘pitta’ in the body, great for the skin), organic red capsicum (yummy!), Avocado (healthy oils, fats & deliciousness!) and love!

x Yummm!!!

Ginger Water for Digestion

Ginger water opens the channels known as ‘Srotas’ in Ayurveda, burns up excess toxins known as ‘Ama’ and improves the power of your digestive fire, known as ‘Agni’ in Ayurveda! Yay!

Particularly great during the cooler months of the year when the channels of the body naturally start to contract with the cold environment. Ginger water will balance this and keep things flowing freely.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp of Certified Organic (for best results for you & the planet) Dry Ginger powder.
  • 2 cups of purified water

Method:

  1. Boil the Ginger powder and water in your pot.
  2. Allow to cool until a good warm drinking temperature
  3. Serve straight or with 1/2 a tsp of raw, unprocessed sugar known as Jaggery or Rapadura for a dash of wholesome sweetness with your Ginger!

*Freshly grated or sliced Ginger can also be used to warm the body and improve digestion. For the purpose of this remedy, using the powdered Ginger has a stronger effect on warming the tissues of the body and improving digestion.

To healthy, happy free flowing channels and balanced digestion! 

Yum!

x Lorien

Recipe: Golden Ayurvedic Besan Flour Breakfast Pancakes

Besan (chickpea flour) pancakes are a beautiful Ayurvedic meal that can be enjoyed any time of the day.

Particularly grounding and yummy for a light breakfast.

Simple to make and a great source of protein to support and nourish your tissues, while being light and easy to digest. Perfect!

Simple Besan Flour Pancake Recipe:

Organic Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Besan Flour (Hint: …It looks yellow.)
  • 2.5 cups of filtered water
  • 1/2 a small Red Onion chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp of Cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp of Himalayan good quality salt.
  • Some black pepper to taste
  • Ghee
  • A mixing bowl & wooden spoon.
  • A good quality stainless steel, cast iron or ‘healthy’ non-stick pan. (Important not to use teflon or poor quality as you will end up eating the toxic plastic or Aluminium which is not worth having for breakfast!)
  • Love!

Method:

  1. Take your mixing bowl and add the Besan flour. With your wooden spoon, smooth out any lumps and bumps in the flour as much as possible.
  2. Add your water and stir into a smooth batter.
  3. Add your Onion, Cumin, Salt & Pepper.
  4. Start heating your pan and add approx 1/2 tsp of Ghee.
  5. When the Ghee is warm, pour some of the mixture into the pan to create your first pancake. Yay! Let it cook until it bubbles around the edges and in the middle slightly, then flip it over.
  6. Cook until golden brown on both sides…
  7. Serve with some fresh greens, some Chutney or a side of steamed vegies for something more substantial.

Voila!

Delicious, nutritious, QUICK, simple, yummy, healthy Besan Flour Ayurvedic Pancakes that the whole family will enjoy!

(Note: Add more water if needed to make your desired consistency. Coconut oil can be used as an alternative to Ghee, however has a different effect on the body and different taste. This recipe really lends itself to Ghee!)

Enjoy with love & gratitude!

x Lorien

 “Let thy food be thy medicine.”

~Hippocrates 

Quinoa & Moong Bean Vegetarian Stew Recipe

Ingredients (2 Serves):

  • 1 cup of Moong Beang’s soaked in water for approx 24 hours, then rinsed & strained.
  • 1 cup of Quinoa (mixed red & white variety).
  • 1 cup of Pumpkin cut into cubes.
  • A few freshly chopped green leaves of Kale or Spinach
  • 1.5 tsp’s of Freshly chopped or grated Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp of Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp of Cumin seeds
  • A pinch of Fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of Coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of Ghee or Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of Himalayan salt
  • Black pepper
  • 6 cups of Hot water (4 cups for Moong & 2 cups for Quinoa).
  • Freshly chopped Parsley or Coriander to garnish.

Method: ~ Moong Bean Vegie Stew

  1. In a pot place your Ghee or Coconut oil and warm until the oil is melted.
  2. Add your Cumin, Coriander and Fennel seeds and allow them to toast and start to ‘pop’.
  3. Add your Ginger and Turmeric Powder and stir until they are mixed together. (Approx 20 seconds will be a good amount of time).
  4. Add your Moong beans and stir. Allowing the spices and the beans to toast and mix together.
  5. Add your Pumpkin and stir it into the mix.
  6. Add your hot water and continue to stir regularly for approx 15 mins.
  7. Add your fresh Kale & Spinach and stir.
  8. Add your Himalayan Salt & a few pinches of black pepper.
  9. Allow to cook like this until the Pumpkin and Beans are soft, then turn off the heat and place a lid on the pot to let the flavours develop and the beans and pumpkin to become nice and soft. Now let it sit, whilst you prepare your Quinoa!

Method: ~ Quinoa

  1. Take your Quinoa and place in your pot.
  2. Dry toast your Quinoa in the pot for a few minutes until the Quinoa becomes warm and starts to make ‘toasty’ sounds.
  3. Add approx 2 cups of hot water. Enough water so that it sits above the Quinoa. You may need to add more as it cooks. If so, add it little by little.
  4. Add a pinch of Himalayan salt for minerals.
  5. Allow to boil. No need to stir Quinoa. Just let it boil and bubble away.
  6. Cook for 10-15 minutes like this until the Quinoa grains have expanded and the water is almost fully evaporated.
  7. Turn off the heat and place a lid on top and allow to sit for another 7-10 minutes. (If you have too much water still, then continue to cook for a bit longer, before turning it off and putting the lid on.)

Voila, by now you will have fluffy yummy Quinoa & a juicy wholesome Moong Bean Stew!

To serve, add Quinoa to your bowl, then next to it, your Moong Bean stew & garnish with some freshly chopped Coriander or Parsley. It is ready to eat!

Enjoy! :)

x Lorien

Ayurvedic Turmeric Chai Recipe

Immune boosting deliciousness…

Turmeric is a natural ‘anti-biotic’, anti-inflamitory super spice!

Traditionally ‘Chai’ is made using black tea, Cow’s milk and a lot of sugar. These traditional Chai recipes can have their place. In India Chai is a social currency and without the black tea, milk and sugar it is quite possible that the train stations would stop and India would come to a stand-still. It really is a huge part of life and if you have ever sampled the Chai over there, you will know that it can be quite addictive!

This ‘Spiced Turmeric’ Chai Recipe is a delicious ‘medicinal’ (yet still so yummy) Chai that is warming, grounding, nourishing and calming all year round, through each season and time of the day or night.

It can be made with fresh Almond milk, Rice Milk or purely on water for a ‘dairy-free’ alternative or with a Organic Unhomogenised Cow’s milk for a more grounding, rich brew.

The choice of milk is up to you. Listen to your body and what it feels would be most balancing. Using the purest quality Organic Spices will make a difference, allowing for not only greater nutritional goodness within the spices to be available for your body, good quality spices will also offer greater flavour, aroma and will give your Chai a touch of magic!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Turmeric Powder
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Cardamon pods
  • Cinnamon powder & or stick.
  • Cloves (optional)
  • Nutmeg (optional)
  • Fennel seeds
  • Rice Milk (Organic Un-homogenised Cow’s milk can also be used).

The secret to this Chai is to use an abundance of fresh Ginger! You can grate the Ginger or slice it finely. The quantity is up to you.

Steps:

  1. Pour 2 cups of milk (or water) into your pot
  2. Add fresh ginger
  3. Add a teaspoon of cardamon
  4. Add a 1/4 of teaspoon of cinnamon
  5. Add a pinch of Nutmeg
  6. Add a few cloves
  7. Add a pinch of fennel seeds
  8. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric powder and stir
  9. Allow to boil, then allow to cool down before straining & serving!

Yum!

Happy spicing, drinking & loving!

Simple One Pot Kitchari Recipe

 

Kitchari Recipe

Ingredients: Split Moong Dhal, Basmati rice, Cummin, Coriander, Coconut oil or Ghee, Himalayan Salt, Spinach! So easy to digest, nourishing & in Ayurvedic texts said to be a ‘complete protein’!

1. Add 1 tblsp Ghee or Coconut oil

2. Once melted, add 1/4 teaspoon of Cummin seeds & Coriander seeds. Allow to toast.

3. Add 1/2 a chopped Onion, a few slices of chopped Ginger & 1/2 a clove of chopped Garlic & toast. (Garlic & Onion is optional).

4. Add a teaspoon of turmeric powder & stir.

5. Add 2 cups of soaked & rinsed lentils.

6. Add 1 cup of rice.

7. Stir & toast in the spices for a few minutes to lighten the lentils & rice for improved digestion.

8. Add 8 cups of boiling water & stir. Allow to gently boil.

9. Add a pinch of Himalayan salt

10. Continue to stir regularly

11. When Rice & Moong become creamy, turn off the heat and add some freshly chopped Spinach and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes before serving. Adding the spinach last will ensure that it stays fresh and full of life force!

Serve with some chutney, fresh coriander on top & a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to nourish all the six tastes and promote great digestion.

(Note: Add more water to make your Kitchari lighter and more cleansing, and slightly less if you want a heavier and more grounding meal.)

Ginger Water

Ginger Water

Sipping on warm ginger water is a simple & gentle Ayurvedic remedy used to improve digestion, circulation, clear the mind, cleanse toxins & naturally make you feel light & bright!

Simply finely chop or grate some fresh Ginger (organic is best!), place in our tea pot or cup and add hot water. Allow to sit and gain ‘gingery’ strength, then enjoy drinking it when it has cooled down to a warm temperature.

Ginger is regarded in Ayurvedic medicine as a wonderful healing herb/food that can be used on a daily basis. Ginger’s warming qualities are supportive to the digestive fire, boosting for the immune system, assists in nausea and morning sickness and at times when the body or mind is feeling heavy, lethargic and slugish. Since ginger is warming, it helps to improve circulation and allow toxins to be released from the channels within the body, allowing proper flow and harmony.

Ginger is such a wonderful food that can be used as a daily medicine. Enjoy cooking with ginger in soups, stir fry’s, dhal’s, kitchari and any other savoury dish, where you wish to add a gentle warming flavor. Enjoy sipping on warm fresh Ginger water through-out your day to keep your channels open and digestion strong.