Entries by Divya Alter

Curry Leaves

Leaves from the tropical curry tree (Murraya koenigii or Bergera koenigii); also called sweet neem leaves in India. Their unique bittersweet aroma attracts cooks across the globe, but it is the numerous healing benefits that elevate curry leaves to an herbal tonic for daily cooking. Fresh curry leaves are available in Indian and Asian grocery stores.

Baby Basmati Rice

Aka kali jeera, kalijira, kala jeera. Grown in Bangladesh and regarded among the best tiny rice varieties in the world, it is easier to digest than regular basmati rice, cooks in 10 to 12 minutes, and is very aromatic and tasty. Available in Indian grocery stores and online.

Ayurveda

The universal manual that the ancient Vedic sages wrote to help us integrate ourselves into a balanced life on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. This timeless science helps us determine what to favor or avoid in terms of diet, routine, and environment, always considering our individual needs and the best choices we can make […]

Glossary

Ayurveda: The universal manual that the ancient Vedic sages wrote to help us integrate ourselves into a balanced life on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. This timeless science helps us determine what to favor or avoid in terms of diet, routine, and environment, always considering our individual needs and the best choices we can […]

Cooked Apple Pre-Breakfast

photography: William & Susan Brinson from What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen (copyright Rizzoli) How do you start your day in terms of nourishment? Do you drink a glass of warm water with lemon juice or a cup of coffee or skip breakfast all together? The famous Ayurvedic remedy of […]

Cooling Pungent Masala

  from What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen (copyright Rizzoli) It may sound like a contradiction, but this pungent spice blend has a cooling effect on the body. I learned it from Vaidya R. K. Mishra, whose father was very Fiery. He avoided heating foods but enjoyed this pungent masala […]

Digestive Masala

from What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen (copyright Rizzoli) This masala will not only invigorate a savory dish with its captivating aroma, but it will also make sure that no undigested residue is left behind in your gut. The kalonji seed, called “black seed” in the West, is one of […]

White or Brown Rice—Which One Is Better for You?

Ayurveda regards white basmati rice (from the foothills of the Himalayas) among the best varieties of rice. It is sweet in taste, cooling, strengthening, easily digestible, aphrodisiac, strengthens the body, and helps to clear taste and voice. When eaten in moderation, it balances every body type. Brown rice is more nutritious, yes, but is it […]

Tips for Improving Fiery Digestion

Excerpt from What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen (copyright Rizzoli) Chew ½ teaspoon After-Meal Spice Blend for Fiery Digestion (see below) after every meal. Eat four to five times a day. Never skip or delay meals (eat appropriate snacks such as sweet, juicy fruit if you get hungry between meals). […]

Grandma’s Turmeric Stain Remover

Turmeric stains are hard to get rid of, even with dry cleaning. Here is the old Indian Grandma’s remedy: Do not wet or wash the stained garment. Expose it to direct sunlight for a few hours—the stain will magically disappear!