Dosa ~ Super Tasty!

Here in Kerala, everyone loves dosas! A dosa is a thin, crepe-like pancake. Most commonly made from urad daal (a tiny white bean) and rice, dosa is a ubiquitous item on the breakfast menu in every Malayalee home and hotel. My brother Sanju – our manager at Rasa Ayurveda – says dosa originated with the…

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Edible Beauty, Medicinal Food

Kerala is an herb basket, spice basket and produce basket! Valuable aromatics like cardamom, clove and black pepper had adventurers landing on Kerala’s shores as early as a thousand years before Christ. And Kerala is the source of thousands of pounds of Ayurvedic medicinal plants used in formulas consumed locally and all over the world….

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Healing Plants & Energies on Medicine Mountain

We’ve just returned to Rasa Ayurveda after leading a group of women from Chicago on a learning expedition to Medicine Mountain in Tamil Nadu. The great Indian epic, the Ramayana, tells the story of Lord Rama and his servant Hanuman, the monkey God who is the embodient of service and devotion. In the Ramayana,  Hanuman…

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Manjal: Good as Gold

Manjal (pronouned “mun-yal”) means “turmeric” in Malayalam. And “manja” – pronounced “mun-ya”– means “yellow”. The medicinal, culinary and sacred uses of manjal are so varied and wide-spread that I’d need a bookfull of pages to cover all the facts. So here’s just a taste of info on manjal that will surely whet your appetite for…

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The Muthashi Project: Keeping the Circle Whole

Dear Friends, When women come to Rasa Ayurveda for group programs through our partner, AyurvedaTrip.com, one essential activity is interacttion with local Malayalee in a meaningful way thru The Muthashi Project. This week, women attending the Women’s Ayurveda Retreat at Rasa Ayurveda participated in our fourth Muthashi Project event. Sanju, Dr. Geetha, Sandia Bachman, Rema and…

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