Ayuvedic practices root back to 1500 B.C. Ayuva meaning long and Veda meaning life. It is a philosophy for a long and healthy life. It is a principle of what ever is in the earth is also in your body. It is the ever constant ‘struggle’ to balance the five element’s earth, water, fire, air and ether. According to Ayurveda we are comprised of three bodies: physical, astral and causal. It stressed a balance of three elemental energies: Vata (air & space: “wind”), Pitta (fire & water: “bile”) and kapha (water & earth: “phlegm”). According to ayurvedic medical theory, these three substances (doshas) are important for health, because when they exist in equal quantities, the body will be healthy, and when they are not in equal amounts, the body will be unhealthy in various ways.
As a yoga teacher Ayurveda interest me. So lately i have been taking Ayurvedic cooking classes and the following in a great breakfast that i learned to make that is comparable with all three doshas.
Start with 5 whole cloves
Place them in a dry hot cast iron skillet with 1 whole Bay leaf
Add 1 stick of cinnamon. (note: If you use sticks of cinnamon alot, buy the chipped bark of cinnamon. Its a lot cheaper.)
Toast all in the dry skillet to release the essential oils
Boil water and add spices (whole cloves, bay leaf and cinnamon)
Add a grain. Rice or Quinoa works well
note: If you are using quinoa it is 1:4 cup ratio. For rice it is 1:5 cup ratio. You want it to be watery
Allow grains to cook thoroughly
Try to remove the whole cloves and bay leaf. If you cant its o.k. just watch when you are eating. It is not pleasant to bite into a whole clove.
Spoon out the rice or quinoa, with some of the water, into a bowl
Add Shredded Coconut
Add Maple syrup, Agave syrup or Stevia
Add milk (coconut or almond)
optional: you can add seeds if you want (ground chia or flax)
A principle of ayurvedic cooking is to make fresh food everyday to ensure to obtain all the nutrients from the food.
Try it. Play with it and see what works for you.