… Especially during dinners outside!
I’ve been sniffing my way around since the last couple of days, sure that a cold is lurking nearby.
I decided to take it by the horns and looked up on the Internet for an Ayurvedic method to tackle it.
Ginger-Cinnamon tea, I found, if sipped when it’s as-hot-as-you-can-take-it, can keep the cold at bay and gradually lead it to disappear.
Here’s how I made my Adrak-Dalchini Chai at home:
I put a glass of water on the flame to boil. I then peeled about 1/2 a thumb’s size piece of ginger root and chopped it into tiny bits. I pushed them in the water, and added a thumb-sized cinnamon stick in it. Both ingredients can be added to water at any time – don’t wait till the water starts to boil. In fact, the earlier you toss it in, the better as the flavours come out better that way.
Wait for water to boil a bit, and it’s ready. Doesn’t take more than 5-10 minutes. As with other teas, you needn’t strain this tea, as the bits will settle down in your glass by themselves. And even if you take in a bit of ginger, no harm done. None at all.
My plan’s to drink a glass of the Ginger-Cinnamon Tea thrice a day. Let’s see how it works. Keep your fingers crossed for me, yeah?
So we’ve decided to get healthy? Yes.
The Ayurveda way? Yes
Help at hand: The book ‘9 to 5 Yogi’ by Shubhra Krishan.
Build: Slim (Bony, even?) Age: 24 years
Weight: 46 kg Weakness: Muscles, strength
Dosha: Vatta-Pitta (It’s OK if you don’t get these terms yet.)
Height: Well, that’s not gonna change, so never mind.
I’m going to track my journey of becoming fit. The goals for now are to put on 7 kg, be fit enough to take karate lessons/go on overnight treks and begin running regularly.
Here’s the goal, visually:
On day 1 (Oct 1, 2011) Here’s what I did, pottering about in the kitchen, before breakfast:
I warmed a glass of water and poured it on 1 spoonful of lemon juice. The water needn’t be hot, warm will do. My mum says I could’ve added sugar in it too. So if you find only lemon + water bad, taste-wise, go ahead with the sugar, or honey.
Next, I took a large apple. Got my mum to peel it and then chopped them into medium-sized pieces. I put about 1/4 glass of water in a saucepan and put it on the flame. If you don’t have a saucepan, it’s advisable to take a pan with a broad bottom, as the quantity of water is anyway less, and the apple pieces, more. I let the water heat for 2 minutes and then pushed the apple off the chopping board, into the saucepan. Tossed in 2 cloves. Put a light lid on it (a dish that’s larger than the mouth of the pan) and let it cook for 10 minutes. Eat them warm.
Now, for someone like me who doesn’t enjoy sweet stuff too much, stewed apples are great. The sweetness was perfectly likeable and pieces weren’t crunchy. That’s again how I’d like all my fruits to be. And 10 minutes doesn’t make them soggy either. If you’d like them to be sweeter, you could sprinkle some powdered (or otherwise) sugar on them. Or maybe substitute sugar with glucose powder.
One of these days, I’m going to try stewing pears too.
My Ayurveda book says it’s advisable to eat breakfast about 30 minutes after having stewed fruits. So I spend that time in preparing Almond Honey milk.
Almond Honey Milk
I had soaked 10 almonds overnight in clean water. I peeled all of them. That alone took quite a few minutes! By the end of my session, I realised that there’s a trick in peeling almonds, which I cannot explain here, and you’ll have to discover yourself. For now, remember that if you’re spending more than 20-25 seconds on one almond, it means you haven’t discovered the trick yet!
So anyway, I put the almonds and 1/2 a spoonful of pre-powdered cardamom in the mixer/blender. (It’s alright if you don’t have the cardamom powdered, becasue well, it’ll get powered anyway.) I open the lid to find the almond’s a bit grainy, and that’s fine for me.
Warm a glass of milk, add the powder and THEN add 3 spoonfuls of honey. I add honey later as my book specifies that heating honey makes it to lose it’s qualities. So remember to heat the milk separately, without honey.
I stirred the milk well, sipped it slowly, and thought it turned out great.
I was meaning to make some spiced water next, but I had already spent more time in the kitchen than I would like to disclose here. And then my mum sort of shoo-ed me out of “her” kitchen because the maid arrived to scrub the vessels and mum said I was being an interference in the kitchen.
So that was all for the morning
Tomorrow, I’ll take pictures.