"Out of the ground God planted a very tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food" (Genesis)
The kitchen is the heart of the house. A happy person in the kitchen fills everyone in the house with joy perhaps it is cutting vegetables or kneading flour by singing a song, these gestures are as beautiful as waltzing of flowers in the field. Food prepared by a happy mother in a pleasant environment has the best influence. Because Nature is inextricably linked to our well-being, both physically and mentally. For thousands of years, we have lived in balance with the healing solutions in the form of medicine at plants and foods to balance unhealthy lifestyles, seasonal changes, and other Doshic imbalances.
If you are looking to incorporate a creative kitchen here are some staple grocery items for an Ayurvedic kitchen pharmacy, categorized by nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables, grains and flours, and oils and fats. These staple grocery items can be used to prepare a variety of Ayurvedic dishes that are nourishing and balanced.
Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds are rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. They can be eaten raw, roasted, or in the form of nut butter.
Fruits and Vegetables: Ayurveda emphasizes the use of seasonal and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Some commonly used fruits and vegetables include apples, bananas, papayas, avocados, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, spinach, leafy greens, and cucumbers.
Grains and Flours: Ayurveda recommends whole grains, pulses and flours, such as brown rice, quinoa, millet, Brown rice, Buckwheat , Amaranth, mung beans and whole wheat. These provide essential nutrients and fiber and are also easier to digest.
Oils and Fats: Ghee (clarified butter) is a staple in Ayurvedic cooking and is believed to have numerous health benefits. Other oils and fats commonly used in Ayurveda include coconut oil, sesame oil, Avocado oil and olive oil.
Herbs and spices: asafoetida, black pepper, ginger, garlic, mint, mustard seeds, cardamom, caraway seeds, cinnamon, clove, desiccated coconut, coriander, curry leaves, cumin, fenugreek, holy basil are some of the healthy tastemakers that embody in a healthy pantry.
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Overall, Ayurvedic principles encourage a balanced and individualized approach to food and nutrition. It emphasizes the importance of using natural, whole foods that are appropriate for one's unique constitution and current state of health. It's important to remember that Ayurveda is an individualized system of medicine, so it's best to consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner to determine the best foods and herbs for your specific needs and constitution.
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