Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-healing

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Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, 2005 - Cookery, Indic - 254 pages
Ayurveda, the ancient healing art of India, teaches that food plays an essential part in one's health and sense of well-being. Here is an authentic guide of the Ayurvedic approach to food and tasty vegetarian cooking. The recipes are formulated using herbs and spices to help balance constitution of each person. The effects of the foods on individual constitution are included with every recipe together with the medicinal properties of many of the foods. This is a cookbook and much more. The Chapters included in this book are on the principles of Ayurveda and individual constitution; maintaining one's health, digestion and constitutional balance; the importance of proper food combining for optimal well-being; setting up an Ayurvedic kitchen and planning menus inclusive of every member of your family; and more than 100 recipes of delicious Ayurvedic cuisine. Three more important sections are included-nearly three hundred simple remedies for everything from the common cold and skin problems to stabilizing blood sugar in diabeties, all using familiar household herbs, fruits and vegetables; a chart for determining your individual constitution; comprehensive food guide lines; and a listing of the qualities of foods and their effects on the doshas.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Your Individual Constitution
15
Factors That Affect Our Health
25
Taste And Digestion
31
Food Combining
45
Menu Planning
51
Recipes
59
Soups
61
Sweets
155
Beverages
171
Extras
185
Foods For Healing
187
Vegetables
202
Household Herbs
206
Appendix
217
Food Guidelines for Basic Constitutional Types
220

Kitcharis
75
Mainly Rice Dishes
81
Vegetables
99
Raitas
135
Pickles and Chutneys
141
Breads
151
Qualities of Food Substances
232
Glossary
239
Bibliography For Further Reading In Ayurveda
243
Index
244
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