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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 to be healthy. And then, if we face health challenges, Ayurveda helps us detect them at an early stage, determine the root cause, and then evaluate the symptoms and prescribe treatment. An authentic Ayurvedic treatment goes much deeper than suppressing symptoms; it addresses the root cause. An Ayurvedic healer’s goal is to assist in restoring the intelligence of one’s body to heal itself.

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-–12 minutes, and is very aromatic and tasty. Available in Indian grocery stores and online.

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.

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Kalonji Seeds: Aka black cumin, black seed. It is sharp, heating, and pungent and stimulates digestion. It also supports the metabolic process of the bodily tissues, burning accumulated sludge without overly increasing Pitta/Fiery. It also supports hormonal balance for both men and women.

Kapha/Earthy: One of the three doshas of the body. It manifests as the water/fluids and earth/structure in the physiology. It governs growth, lubrication, nurturing, stability, and more.

Lauki Squash: A summer squash variety and a champion in Ayurvedic cuisine. It is light to digest, nourishes every body tissue, and acts as a “peace-maker” among the five elements. With its sweet and astringent taste, lauki squash cools down excessive overall heat, especially an overheated liver. Unlike other watery squashes, lauki squash will not imbalance the Earthy (Kapha), who have a tendency to retain water. On a more subtle level, lauki is said to open the heart and calm the emotions. Ayurveda highly recommends lauki for pregnant women. Other names for pale-green lauki (Lagenaria siceraria): louki, bottle gourd, calabash, kaddu, doodhi, ghiya, opo.

Mom’s Masala: A traditional SV Ayurvedic spice blend of 21 pretoasted spices. This tridoshic blend stimulates Kapha (Earthy) and balances Vata (Airy) without aggravating Pitta (Fiery), unless someone has very high Pitta imbalance. Because it’s been pretoasted, you may sprinkle this delicious and aromatic spice blend on ready-made dishes, making it great for traveling and eating out. When cooking with it, add the masala in the last 5 minutes of cooking. Available in-store at Divya’s Kitchen and online.

Pitta/Fiery: One of the three doshas of the body. It manifests as the fire and water elements in the physiology. It governs metabolism, transformation, digestion (physical and mental), and more.

Somagenic: Enhancing Soma, or the cosmic energy (associated with the moon) that that is cooling, nurturing, stabilizing, and lubricating. In the body, Soma transforms into Kapha and ojas.

Tridoshic: Balancing for the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) of body-mind.

Vata/Airy: One of the three doshas of the body. It manifests as the space and air elements in the physiology. It governs overall flow, circulation, and the innate intelligence of the body to do what it is supposed to.

 

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