Mashed potatoes. Comfort food. Seriously one of my favorite foods. There is nothing better than a side of creamy and garlic-y mashed potatoes. And as much as I love potato as a vegetable. Although potatoes have a bad rep, one of the more unfortunate parts of the potato is that it is a nightshade. Nightshades inherently are inflammatory to the body, so the more we limit the consumption of potatoes, the better overall for our bodies.
The search was on to make a side of something creamy and delicious that elicits the same comfort food aspect of it all.
In Ayurveda, when I think of comfort, the first thing that comes to mind is something that is nourishing and grounding. All of this leads to minimizing vata. So, naturally I reached for root vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes.
AND GUYS. This was the most delicious thing I have had in a long time. I want you guys to make this almost immediately. I kid you not it was so good. And the best part was that it took zero to no time to make this! Recipe below. Promise you're going to love this.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did! Bon apetit!
Over the holidays, my husband and I took a trip to India. While I love being there, it's always so incredibly great to get back home, be able to sleep on your own bed, and shower in your own shower.
One of my favorite things about India (which you can probably guess), is the FOOD! The flavors and freshness of everything is second to none. To call it indulging when I'm over there is a serious understatement. So, as delicious as everything is while there, it's always nice to reset when I get back home and get my eating habits back in order.
To me, a proper diet is vital for a holistic and healthy life. What better way to start off the new year, then with a good healthy diet cleanse to reset your metabolic fire and get everything back right!
My go-to diet cleanse is based in Ayurveda. The real version is actually much more stringent then what I did. But, the idea behind everything is that if we focus on eating foods that are really easy to digest and those that don't take a lot of energy to digest, our body can use those resources to cleanse and pull toxins out from other parts of our body. I'll explain the real cleanse process in a later blog post.
The main foods for consumption during the cleanse are these: mung beans and rice. That's it. Because I didn't do a full on cleanse, I incorporated root vegetables and greens to keep fiber in my diet and to have some grounding factors after the whirlwind of a trip that naturally increases vata.
I made this chutney to have add a little bit of fresh flavor to my otherwise simple meals. But, I ended up liking it to much, I wanted to share it with all of you.
This chutney is super easy to make, and would pair well as a really nice dip, a spread on some bread, or any other way your imagination can think of!
This chutney doesn't have to be used only during a cleanse. Enjoy it all-year-round!