MIU’s department of Physiology and Health held an ayurvedic cooking demonstration for its Maharishi AyurVeda Wellness Consultant track and Pre-Integrative Medicine students. They got to learn how to make a simple, healthy and balanced ayurvedic meal. The staple of the meal was yellow mung daal soup with a side of basmati rice, and carrot halwa as a dessert.
Dr. Sabita Sawhney led this demonstration and had this to say to our students: “We really want you to eat healthy, be healthy, and make food for yourself. We want to empower you to be able to make your own food.” She went on to explain, “Ayurvedic food is not just Indian. Whether it is Italian, German or some other cultural cuisine it can be prepared in an ayurvedic manner.”
Some interesting points that were made in this demonstration include:
“Mung daal is considered to be one of the super foods in Maharishi AyurVeda. It balances all three doshas, is packed with nutrition (being high in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and low in fat and calories), and is easy to digest.” – Dr. Liis Mattik
Overall this cooking demo was a great learning experience for everyone involved. Being able to create ayurvedic meals at home is a wonderful skill to have as ayurvedic foods help support the human physiology’s nutrition, digestion, energy production and overall well-being. Please feel free to try out this wonderful mung daal recipe prepared by MIU Physiology and Health faculty for yourself!
Mung Daal refers to mung beans that have been split and the husks removed, so it is yellow. It also refers to the delicious, nourishing and digestible soup that is made by boiling the mung daal in water until it is soft and adding spices (usually fried) or herbs. Preparation time: 20-50 minutes
Ingredients: 1 cup split yellow mung daal (without skin), 2 1/2 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon ghee, Spice options: 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger; 1/4 teaspoon each: turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder; Herb options: oregano, thyme, bay leaf, rosemary, sage; Serves four
Steps of Preparation: Mung daal is one of the quickest cooking and easiest daal to make.
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