Fall | Uncover your roots: A recipe

A Fall Recipe - by Sandra Gutierrez, a Shakti Teacher

In Fall the cold, dry, light qualities begin to increase and aggravate the Vata Dosha made of air and ether. Aggravation of Vata dosha increases gas, bloating, constipation, worry, anxiety, overwhelm, feeling ungrounded, inability to sleep, increased sensitivity to environmental disturbances. To pacify the qualities of vata we increase the warm, heavy and moist qualities in our foods. Warmth in temperature and warmth in spice :) Adding more unctuous and heavy foods.

Grain & Daal Breakfast Porridge

(Makes 1 Serving)

1/10 cup Quinoa
1/10 cup split mung daal or lentils
1 tsp Ghee
½-1 tsp Fresh Ginger, chopped
2 Whole Cardamom Pods, Seeded
¼ tsp cumin seeds
¼ tsp fennel seeds
1/8 tsp fenugreek seeds
¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon
¼ tsp Ground Turmeric
Dash Himalayan, Celtic or Sea Salt
1 cup Milk
3/4 cup Water (for thicker consistency, adapt to lesser fluids)
½ Handful Pumpkin or Sunflower Seeds
1-2 tsp of Honey

Sauté ginger, cardamom, cumin, fennel and fenugreek seeds in ghee.
Add grain and mung daal and mix well.
Add water/milk, cinnamon, turmeric and salt.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce to low heat and simmer, covered 20-25 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Top with seeds and honey.