Ayurvedic Recipes: Even as parts of the country get the first rains, here are a few recipes to stave off the scorching heat
Summer brings with it a lot of skin, digestive and other problems. With the increase in temperature and heatwaves across India, it is natural for our body to have a digestive imbalance. Dr. Smita Naram, a co-founder of Ayushakti, has some quick Ayurvedic recipes to keep yourself hydrated this summer. Follow them to beat the heat.
CCF Tea is nothing but a nutritious beverage made out of cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds. You might be aware of these spices for seasoning your food. If you have been working to take care of your eating patterns because of your busy schedule, sipping on CCF Tea can benefit you significantly. It’s excellent for your digestive system, eradicates waste, and manages vital body functioning.
The collective health benefits of CCF Tea include improving the digestive fire (without being overly heating), aiding in weight loss, boosting the absorption of nutrients, detoxifying the entire system, relaxing the nervous system, and working towards balancing all the doshas.
¼ tbsp fennel seeds
¼ tbsp coriander seeds
¼ tbsp cumin seeds or less depending on your taste
1 glass chilled or room temperature water
- Powder together with the fennel, coriander, and cumin seeds.
- Mix into the glass of water and drink.
Tip: You can also make the powder in larger proportions and store it in an airtight container for quick use.
Sweet Sattu Drink
Sattu sherbet is a refreshing drink that will help you beat the heat. Sattu is flour made from gram and other pulses with high protein and is also known as an energy powerhouse. It is a staple food in North India. During heat waves, it helps to reduce restlessness, tiredness, and fatigue. The sattu drink can be both sweet and savory. Having this drink daily will help in improving digestion, detoxify the body, and improving appetite.
Jaggery or sugar
1 glass of chilled water
Mix the sattu flour and jaggery or sugar into the chilled water. Stir well.
FSSAI and MoA formulate regulations for ‘Ayurveda Aahara’ products
Bael or Bilva Sharbat
Wood apple (bael) is also known as bilva in Sanskrit. It is a rich source of vitamin C, beta carotene, and vitamin B that helps fight common diseases. Other than its medicinal properties, bael is a tasty cooler in high temperatures. Having this drink daily will help one stay cool from the inside.
1 medium bael
1 cup water
½ tsp roasted cumin powder
Black salt, to taste
- Scoop out the flesh of the bael fruit and mix it with water.
- Add the cumin powder and salt and stir well.
- Dr. Smita Naram is a well-accomplished Ayurvedic physician, pharmaceutical herbalist, and nutritionist, who has been bringing ancient health solutions to individuals since 1987.
Regulations in place to enforce quality in Ayurveda food products
According to the regulation, manufacturing, and marketing of ‘Ayurveda Aahara’ products will now adhere to strict Food Safety and Standards (Ayurveda Sahara) Regulations, 2022 rules and will be available in the market only after license/approval from FSSAI. A special logo has been created for the “Ayurveda Sahara” category, which will enable easier identification and reinforce the quality of Ayurveda food products.
The initiative, the government said, will ensure the manufacturing of quality Ayurveda food products and help in expanding the international market for Make-In-India products. The government said that these regulations will further strengthen India’s global positioning as a custodian of the Ayush system.
“The Ministry of Ayush with an understanding that food safety and quality is a shared responsibility between manufacturers, consumers, and everyone has a role to play to ensure the food we consume is safe and healthy. This has been further strengthened after a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic brought the focus on food, nutrition, health, immunity, and sustainability,” the Ayush ministry said in a statement.
Further, all food prepared under the recipes/ingredients/processes described in the authoritative books of Ayurveda will be considered “Ayurveda Sahara”. Food recipes and ingredients for promoting health, specific physiological needs, and foods specified for consumption during or post specified diseases, and disorders referred to as Pathya in Ayurved are covered under these regulations.