A special insight to Yogurt

Yogurt is indeed a useful and fascinating food item. The people around the world have discovered that yogurt has a calming effect on the digestive tract of the individuals. It is even capable of giving relief in cases of the diarrhea and also helps ease out a constipated system. The act of adding the warm spices namely ginger and pepper surely assist in that action. The regular use of the yogurt aids in relieving the long term bloating and even restoring the healthy balance of the bacteria in the body. This usually has a cooling action at the start. However, this action provides warmth to the body on a long term horizon. The tastes as well as the qualities are astringent, heavy, moist and sour. [Read more…]

How important is it to “Eat with the season”?

The change of seasons brings with them the balances, as well as imbalances of the constitutions. The astute shifts in the lifestyle as well as diets can relieve as well as mitigate the changes. For instance, when one moves from the scorching heat to the cool nights, one move from a Pittadominated season to a Vata dominated one. [Read more…]

Essentials of Ayurvedic Healthcare for Winter Season- Part I

Winter brings in lot of festivities, celebrations and holidays. However, as much as we despise it, the gloomy weather, short dreary days, bitter cold and never ending nights also tag along with this season! Ayurveda believes that our body and mind mirror the changes that manifest in our environment, especially with the change of seasons. Dosha, Dhatu (the seven body tissues), Agni- digestive fire and Bala- strength or stamina undergo cyclical changes throughout the year in response to changing seasons. [Read more…]

Kolakham – A concealed abode of Himalayan chastity

Amidst the foggy slopes of Lava-Loleygaon, the cozy bed of Neora Valley National Park in North Bengal, an unexplored beauty lies concealed with its vivacious natural boon that is named as KOLAKHAM. My two days were the twenty years of my life since I have mustered my healing memories. Among all those glimpses that inspire me to believe the proclamation of many unexplored places of north Bengal that together ornate the beauty of Himalayan foothills, Kolakham will axiomatically be towering the names in the list. [Read more…]

The Land of Coffee and Spices: Coorg

My husband’s love for coffee took us to a trip to Coorg (Madikeri)! Little did we realize that the aroma of coffee flowers invigorating our senses would be accompanied with innumerable refreshing experiences! [Read more…]

Green Cardamom

Cardamom is known as Queen of Spices and is the third most expensive among all spices. It is dried unripe fruit of the plant of ginger family. Little pods of green cardamom have a refreshing flavor and alluring green color. Protected inside the pod are small, black seeds. Each pod contains about 15-20 seeds enclosed in three compartments.
These seeds contain the essential oils which impart the unique flavor of the spice. The different essential oils found in cardamom seeds are : a-terpineol 45%, myrcene 27%, limonene 8%, menthone 6%, ß-phellandrene 3%, 1,8-cineol 2%, sabinene 2% and heptane 2%.It is a household commodity in Indian families and popular for its health benefits and flavor. [Read more…]