Eat healthy: Recipes for the Yogic diet

As the world gears up to celebrate International Yoga Day in style, it’s useful to remember that eating right is a big part of the Yogic way of life. Our wise ancestors laid down the principle that; we are what we eat and therefore, the right food can help us along the route to wellness of body and mind.
Here are some recipe ideas for Sattvic (pure and without missing its originality) dishes, which contribute to the maintenance of Sattva guna  — the state of being calm and peaceful.
Tabbouleh, a healthy salad.
1 cup broken wheat (dalia)
2 cups water
1 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Soak the wheat in water for an hour or so. All the water should be absorbed. Drain, if there is excess water. Add all the other ingredients and mix well. Allow to stand for half an hour for the flavors to develop. You can add some pomegranate kernels to give this salad a sweet twist.
Yogic Chocolate Orange Cake, a sweet that’s good for you
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder, preferably organic
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla essence
Zest of 1 orange
2 tbsp fruit vinegar
Grease and line a 9-inch cake tin. Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir all the liquids, except for the vinegar, in another bowl, whisking until smooth. Fold liquids into dry ingredients and then add the vinegar. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30 minutes. Turn out once cool. This cake can be topped with melted dark chocolate.
Dal (Pulse) and palak (Spinach) soup, a nourishing meal
1/2 cup moong dal (Kidney Bean Pulse), washed
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Pinch of asafetida
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 inch piece ginger, chopped
1 green chili, chopped
A pinch of turmeric powder
1 bunch palak (Spinach), cleaned and chopped
Salt to taste
1 tbsp lime juice
Heat the oil in a pressure cooker; add the asafetida (dried latex (gum oleoresin) exuded from the living underground rhizome or tap root of several species of Ferula (three of which grow in India), which is a perennial herb) and the cumin. Follow with the ginger and green chilli. Add the dal (Pulse) and turmeric, saute for a minute. Add two cups water and pressure cook for 6-8 minutes.
Release pressure, and mash the dal (Pulse) . Add the palak (Spinach) and the salt. Add more water if soup is too thick. Heat until the palak (Spinach) is just cooked, add lime juice to taste and serve. You can add a spoonful of cooked rice to the soup bowl to turn this into a substantial meal.
Tips for Yogic cooking and eating
Avoid animal products, overly spiced and greasy foods
Eat freshly cooked foods
Do not consume stale food, food that’s been refrigerated too long or microwaved food
Eat local and seasonal
Do not cook in a state of anger or distress
Eat calmly, slowly, mindfully.

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