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In my early teens, I suffered from a chronic skin condition that just couldn’t be cured by Allopathy. Finally, my parents took me to a traditional medical practitioner, who treated me for six months, at the end of which I was completely cured. But for those six months I was restricted to a strict salt …

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Sprouting of grains and lentils

There are many different ways we prepare raw foods to make them palatable. Ayurveda says आरोग्यमं भोजनाधीनाम् (arogyam bhojanaadheenaam), health depends on the food one consumes. The foremost Ayurveda classic Charaka Samhitha describes various methods of संस्कार (samskara) which is preparing the raw food for consumption. It is said that संस्कारो हि गुणांतर आधानाम् उच्यते …

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Payasam (kheer) – food for the gods

Andal sang நூறு தடா நிறைந்த அக்கார அடிசில் சொன்னேன் (I promise to make 100 pots of akkara adisil); Dasaratha’s wives were given payasam from the Puthrakameshti yagam in order that they beget sons. It is also said (Bhavartha Ramayana of Eknath Maharaj) that Hanuman was born as a result of Anjana Devi drinking a drop of …

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Peanut butter

Peanuts (groundnuts, கடலை, मूँगफली) are a great source of protein and there is the added bonus of antioxidants, key vitamins and minerals. The fats in peanuts are heart healthy mono and poly unsaturated fats. Peanuts are very commonly eaten as a snack “time pass” in India. The boiled/steamed tender peanuts, roasted peanuts, masala peanuts, chikki …

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Rasam powder

உணவே மருந்து, மருந்தே உணவு (food is medicine, medicine is food) is a basic tenet of our traditional medicinal systems. In South Indian cuisine, the simple rasam (சாற்றமுது which is saaru + amudu; in vaishnava sampradayam, different dishes of the daily meal are named as different types of amudu or nectar) holds a very important place …

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