Taste is Healing: Sambar ~ the Ultimate Vegetable Soup, a Celebration of Kayam

When patients are asked what they’d like to learn in the next Monday night cooking class at Rasa Ayurveda, the answer is often, “Sambar!” Sambar is the most popular soup in India. A mix of daal – small split peas – and a tasty melange of vegetables, sambar is served as a main dish or…

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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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Warming Up with Rasam

Here in Kerala, South India, the agni-boosting qualities of this thin, spicy soup are relied upon at large wedding and other celebratory meals. (Toward the end of the meal, as you lean over your banana leaf plate feeling full of the rich wedding feast, knowing you can’t fit in another bite, someone will come around…

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Nature’s Aromas in Kumily

Thru AyurvedaTrip.com, we have the good fortune to enjoy regular educational exploration. Almost two weeks now into our Ayurvedic Aromatherapy Immersion trip with David Crow, today was another jam-packed and amazing day. We woke in Kumily for breakfast and a quick tour of the botanicals growing around the family guest house we’d spent the night…

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