Sunday, April 17, 2005


No onion or garlic
No chillies
No tomatoes
No potatoes
No dairy products
No meat
No fish
No yams
No soy products
Avoid white rice/refined products
No fried food
No alcohol

Mung Soup

Mung beans are less gas producing than other beans, help remove toxins (including heavy metals!) from the body and stimulate the digestive fire. Wash the mung beans thoroughly and then soak them either over night or for at least two hours before cooking. Heat ghee or olive oil in a pan and add a teaspoon of turmeric powder, 2 pinches asafoetida (to take the gas quality out of the beans) and two bay leaves. (All ingredients are available in Indian food stores and most health food shops.) Place the soaked beans in a pan and add fresh water. To one part mung you need at least three to four parts water. Leave to bubble away for 30-40 minutes, adding water as necessary. Slowly the beans begin to soften and break up. Continue to cook until all the beans are soft. If you use a pressure cooker, the soup is cooked much quicker.
Whilst the beans are cooking, heat some ghee or olive oil in another pan and add one teaspoon of cumin and coriander seeds plus any other herbs or spices (except chillies), such as garam masala, black pepper, kokum etc. Sauté briefly and then add a finely chopped onion, some fresh root ginger and 2-3 cloves of garlic. Sauté until the onions turn golden brown. Once the beans are soft, add the onions and spices plus some rock salt and continue to simmer for a further few minutes. Don’t add salt in the beginning, as this makes the beans tougher and therefore take longer to cook. Serve with fresh coriander leaves and ghee.


Khichadi is a simple stew of rice and split mung beans which is easy to digest and stimulating to the digestive fire.
Soak the split mung beans for at least one hour before cooking. Heat ghee or olive oil in a pan and add cumin or coriander seeds. Then add some finely chopped onion, root ginger and garlic and sauté until golden brown. Stir in 1 tsp. turmeric powder, 1 tsp. asafoetida, some black pepper and a few bay leaves. Take a cup and fill half with mung and the remaining half with white basmati rice. (One can also add any chopped vegetables that you have such as carrots, pumpkin, green beans, courgettes, asparagus etc.) Add the beans into the pan with min. four cups of water (more if you have added vegetables). In a normal pan you will need to cook it for about 30 minutes, adding more water as necessary whereas in a pressure cooker it will cook within about 5 minutes after coming to pressure.
When it’s ready, ie. the beans have become completely soft, add a little salt and serve the dish with ghee and freshly chopped herbs. Experiment with different vegetables and spices to create different flavours.

An Ideal Breakfast - Porridge

In the evening place some water in a pan and soak at least 10 black raisins, 2-3 dates and some dried figs and apricots if desired. (Dried fruits should either be soaked over night or cooked into a compote.) You can also soak a combination of any of the following seeds and nuts: sunflower and pumpkin seeds, blanched almonds, hazelnuts, shredded coconut, sesame and linseeds (flax). In the morning bring the water and soaked fruits etc. to the boil and add 2 tsp. cinnamon powder and 4 crushed cardamoms. Then pour in rolled oats and cook until soft. Experiment with adding different grains such as flaked millet, popped quinoa, amaranth etc. and try altering the flavour by adding 1 tsp. fennel seeds. To make the porridge creamier, use Oatly (oat milk), soya or rice milk. If you like it really sweet, add any syrup of your choice (date, barley, rice, maple etc.), fruit spreads or hazelnut and almond butter.

Ginger Water

Ginger water is the ideal remedy when you have a cough, cold or excess mucus accumulation in your throat and sinuses. Being hot in nature ginger has the quality to cut into and loosen mucus as well as stimulate your digestive fire so that the stomach can clear the mucus effectively. Due to this stimulating action on the digestion it is also the perfect drink to be taken either before you eat a meal or half an hour afterwards if your digestion is sluggish. Don’t drink it too regularly though as it might then increase pitta too much.
Cut 4-5 slices of fresh root ginger and place in a pan of water. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer for at least 5 minutes. Strain into a mug and enjoy! If you wish to sweeten it with honey, add it only after the liquid has cooled to drinking temperature, as honey is not heat stable.

Digestion Enhancing Tea

Place 4 cups of water, 2 tsp. cumin powder, 2 tsp. coriander powder, 1 tsp. rose water, 4 crushed cardamom, 1 tsp. fennel seeds, 1 pinch black pepper, 1 pinch asafoetida and 2 slices fresh root ginger together in a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 5 minutes, remove from the heat and keep covered for another 20 minutes. Filter and keep warm in a flask to drink regularly throughout the day.


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