Recipes of the month- in July

 

My Grandmother’s gift to you.

Grand Ma`s delicious Spicy Chutney

 

I was on the process fixing dinner for family and myself.  I decided to make something special – something similar my grandmother used to make with the difference  of no oil cooking, frying or grilling.  Suddenly I remembered her spicy Tomato-Onion Chutney, just thinking of that my mouth became watery. I did not remember what was there beside tomatoes and red onion, salt and cayenne. But test was still fresh in my heart. So I gave a try to create raw version of it. It came out so great that my wife end of eating double of soup then what she would eat normally.

I hope you will try it and let me know how was for you.

are you ready…here you go..

 

1 cup chopped tomato or one big tomato

1 cup chopped red onion

2 Tbs sesame oil

1Tbs-2Tbs lemon juice

1tsp unpasteurized miso

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne

Blend above ingredients  and mix i finely chopped

1/4 cup tomatoes

1/4 cup red onion

2 Tbs basil or any other fresh herbs (Optional)

Enjoy with rice, quinoa, and any green salad, soup or even with sandwich.

 

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June Newsletter

June Newsletter

Breath’s Love Affair

Without making any noise, silently breath
stepped into my body
and started to make love within me
Without making any noise,
silently breath
stepped out of my body
and started to make love without me
but “my mind”, you
why are you making so much noise
why are you disturbing breath
in her love affair
such deep intimate love affair!


Breathing Meditation with
Thich Nhat Hanh on YouTube.

“Life can be found only in
the present moment.”

– THICH NHAT HANH



Strawberries May Help Prevent Esophageal Cancer

June is almost half gone. The greatest blessing of this month is eating more berries this year than ever. Because of cold this year there are not enough peaches, nectarine and apricots. I miss peaches and nectarines this year. But I am happy that there are lots of berries around. First time in my life I had fresh mulberries. Thanks to farmers market. Now there more than 7 farmers market in the city of SF.

For the fruit lover who loves sweet and worries about eating too much sugar, I found berries are always good option. Not only blue berries and mull berries and Goji berries and many more kinds of wild berries are very healing but commonly seen around us, these beautiful red color strawberries also has lot health benefits. Of coarse they are very tasty too.

Researchers say that earlier lab experiments found strawberries inhibited cancerous tumors and pre-cancerous cell abnormalities in the esophagus. In one study 36 people with low and high grade cell abnormalities took 60 gm of freeze –dried strawberries/per day. This is equal to 20 oz. of fresh strawberries. After 6 months it was found that severity of abnormalities decreased in 84% of the low-grade group and 66% of the high-grade group. Scientists said that this reduces the chances of cancer of the esophagus. Read more at WebMD.


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Tulsi-Mother Nature’s one of the best gifts

Tulsi
For me, Tulsi is associated with the Nurturing Energy of my mother and grandmother; Tulsi and nourishing feminine energy merged into one.  It starts with a memory of my grandmother.  As children she would give my siblings and I some leaves of Tulsi to chew for protection from bad spirits before we left the house.  To encourage us to drink milk, she would say ‘when you drink a few leaves of Tulsi with milk you will be more happy and strong and your memory will be strong.’  We always had a few Tulsi plants growing in pots both indoors and outdoors. Every typical Hindu family house has at least one Tulsi plant growing this way, especially in front of their door.  It has special religious meaning for Hindus. The name Tulsi means ‘incomparable one,’ and Hindus morning and evening as a symbol of worship it. They use Tulsi leaves for tea and also they give to dying person to chew and somebody got food poison, fever etc. they believe God Vishnu (of course sustain, nurturer of the World) resides in Tulsi plant.
Few weeks ago i went to see Amma , i got a book title “Tulsi“-The Mother Medicine of Nature. This book totally reminds me my grandmother.  i bought it and started to read. Knowing. so much modern research in East as well as West, i felt i awake in presence of nourishment of mother. One again Tulsi and Amma became source of nourishment.
In brief the new research in Tulsi according to this book is that Tulsi act is very effectively as anti stress/adaptogen
Tulsi is powerful and most effective adaptogen-an agent that increases the body’s ability to adapt to environment and internal stress by strengthening the immune, nervous and glandular system. It enhances an organism’s resistance to stress, diseases and environment, as well as normalizes metabolic functions and increase metabolic efficiency. Dr. Narendra Singh, Dr, Yamuna Hoette`s research show that Tulsi`s adaptogen action is more potent then even ginseng and it is non-toxic. Tulsi has wide ranges of medicinal properties that come because of it being powerful adaptogen. In summary the research shows major benefit of Tulsi are:

Tulsi is effective to heal common cold, fever, sore throat, cough, and respiratory disorder. Research shows that Tulsi or Indian Basil heals the swine flue. Tulsi calm the mind, it is free radical scavenger. It reduces fatigue, improves heart rate, useful in mouth and teeth disorder, it protects against radiation, free radical damage. pollution, and bacterial, viral and fungal infections. Tulsi is antipollutant. so it increases our survival in low oxygen environment. It is wise to grow Tulsi plant indoor for this reason too. It improves oxygen utilization. Tulsi also offers general health improving nutritional qualities. It has vitamin c. vitamin A, calcium, selenium, many trace minerals. It also improves digestion and assimilation of other food.

Dr. Narendra Singh and Dr. Yamuna Hoettte in their book recommends

For general health promotion and prevention of diseases 1 capsule (300mg) of dried Tulsi leaves twice daily for at least 6 months and for treatment of specific health problem 2-6 capsule (600-1800mg) for a period of 2 months to one year.

These benefits can be obtained by drinking of   Tulsi tea (1-5 cups per day)- taken separately or in combination with capsules.

Tulsi is no doubt Mother Nature’s one of the best gifts to human kind.

Recipes of the week-Mango Chutney

What is Chutney?

It is Indian word for pasty sauce, used like pickle. Chutney is great way to make your dish tastier. They are mostly wet, sometime can be dry with coarse to fine texture. Traditionally people used to make chutney grounding with mortar and pestle, now we can use blender. If you are using blender the texture will be different so is taste. You can try both way using blender as well as mortar and pestle. Generally Chutney is categorized as Hot and Sweet but there can be many kinds of chutney, no limit as it can be made from any vegetables/fruits/herbs/spices. Once you are into chutney you will be creating new chutney, with new taste all the time.

Here is one my favorite chutney. First try it following the recipes as it is and then experiment replacing different fruits, herb and spices. Let me know what you came up with. I hope you will enjoy it. You also convert it into dressing.

Mango Chutney

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Poetry

PRAY

Bless me oh! Tree yes! Bless me
in those days
many many years ago—in history
you became Buddha or
Buddha was you
Through his heart I learned to live
Living in silence eternity
watching its beauty…. these yellow flowers
the green grasses, red rocks

and black and white and….. infinite

creatures…in compassion and peace
just watching …
how wind blows in equanimity
all existence around me now dancing.
Oh! Tree!
Yes! teach me mystery of your journey
Tree! You are for me

a friend and teacher
and a counselor and a leader
I love your balance
and middle path and patience
High and high up on sky you aim to go
without forgetting your home the mother earth bellow
sitting under your shadow
it’s all I want now
fruit of love and joy
everybody is fed today

with you everything is blessed
yes! Bless me too, oh! Tree!
with everything today here and now
I want to live and I want to finish.