An Ayurveda fast week in the current situation? Without doing anything extra? Can I do that, or maybe I’m not feeling good at all?

I asked myself these questions at the beginning.

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I’ll give you the answer right at the beginning. Yes, it is good. Yeah, it was damn good for me. Yes, it was precisely the right time to fast during the Corona crisis.

Why? That’s relatively easy. Ayurveda fasting is different from the types of fasting that I usually know. For example, I am not hungry because they make sure that the stomach is always full but not over-saturated.

Now everything looks very different. Corona rules the media, and Corona currently rules all of our lives.

Yes, we have to do without a lot, and a lot has changed. We can no longer meet the people we love. Neither can we hug them. We can no longer live out our sports rituals as we were before Corona. Our entire leisure time behavior inevitably had to change.

So much change. A little too much for me. So I decided to fast. Consciously doing without something and not being forced to do it.  To consciously forego the media and the pressure that is currently in the air. 

I feel light, relaxed, free, and well-rested. Not forced to settle, but really, as if I had been on vacation. My body feels much better, my skin, hair, nails, and, most of all, my mood. You know, even my friend fasted again. However, it was not so easy for him this time. For him, cooking, especially now in the Corona era, is a real passion and a great way to pass the time. That fell a bit away because the recipes in the Ayurveda fast week are not that extensive.

That brings us to the main topic of this blog post. In the following, I will write down my recipes for you from an Ayurveda fasting day.

Of course, you can easily incorporate these recipes into your everyday life. Above all, they are light and straightforward to digest.

First of all, I have to say that in Ayurvedic cuisine, even during the week of fasting, it is essential to achieve all flavors, if possible.

So, let’s go:

Ayurveda Fasting Breakfast:

Semolina or millet soup (sweet)

What you need?

  •  0.5 liters of water
  • 4 tablespoons of millet or semolina (for 2 people during the fasting week, outside of that, I take 4 tablespoons per person to have an excellent basis to start the day)
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  •  2 cardamom or 3 cloves or some saffron
  •  1/2 tbsp ginger
  •  2 teaspoons of raw cane sugar
  •  if necessary 1 handful of almonds and raisins (outside of the fasting week more if necessary)
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Credit: Pristine Organics
  •  For your Fodni:
  • 2 teaspoons of ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • a little pepper
  •  salt to taste

How do you prepare it?

To prepare the fodni, put the ghee in a pan that will also be used for the soup later. 

  • As soon as this is melted and hot, add cumin, turmeric, pepper, cardamom, cloves, or saffron if necessary.
  • You let the spices fry briefly (20 seconds), you can see when the pepper starts to crack.
  • Then you add the semolina or millet for about 15 seconds and fry it briefly. Fill everything up with hot, boiled water and let the soup simmer for 10 minutes. Half the time, add the sugar and salt
  • While the soup is simmering, roast the almonds in a pan. You add these with the raisins to the soup when serving.

You have a delicious and very digestible breakfast.

Ayurveda Fasting Lunch: Mung-Dal for 2 people

What you need?

  • 5 liters of water
  •  2 bay leaves
  •  1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 120g Mung Dal beans
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  •  vegetables about one cup (cucumber, carrot, fennel, zucchini)

-> As a side dish: rice or chapati

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Credit: WeRecipes

-> For your Fodni:

  •     2 teaspoons of ghee
  •     1/2 teaspoon cumin
  •     1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  •     1 pinch of Ashaganda / HIng (if you have)
  •     a little pepper
  • salt to taste

How do you prepare it?

  • Bring the water with the bay leaves and the cinnamon stick to the boil.
  • Wash the beans and rice (if you are using rice instead of chapati) thoroughly.
  • Add the mung beans to the boiling water.
  • Boil everything together and as soon as possible.
  • Bathtub foam is created if you skim it off.
  • Then you add the ginger and vegetables and let everything cook for about 15 minutes.
  • When most of the water has evaporated, add the Fodni.
  • To prepare the fodni, put the ghee in a separate pan. As soon as this is melted and hot, add cumin, turmeric, ash aganda, and pepper. You let the spices fry briefly (20 seconds), you can see when the pepper starts to crack.
  • Then you add the fodni to the lentils.
  • Stir everything together and season with salt.
  • Then you add the ginger and vegetables and let everything cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Serve with a handful of rice or 2 chapatis.

Dinner: vegetable soup

What you need?

-> about 0.5 to 0.8 liters of water

-> 500 g vegetables (potatoes, carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, beetroot, fennel, asparagus)

  • -> For your Fodni:
  •     2 teaspoons of ghee
  •     1/2 teaspoon cumin
  •     1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  •     1 pinch of Ashaganda / HIng (if you have)
  •     a little pepper
  • Also, you can add one of the following spices to your Fodni, to be able to create a little variety in taste: ajwain, fenugreek seeds, coriander powder, mango powder, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, garam masala)
  •  salt to taste
Simple Vegetable Soup Recipe | dLife
Credit: dLife

How do you prepare it?

  • Wash the vegetables and peel them if necessary, and cut them into small cubes. Prepare the fodni, as described above.
  • As soon as the spices have been fried in the ghee for 15 seconds, you directly add the vegetables. Sear everything together for about 2 minutes and then add hot boiled water.
  • Let this simmer until the vegetables are cooked through. Here the time depends on the vegetables you use. Season with salt and serve. 

As I said, these recipes are not only for the fasting week, but you can also use them as light and very easily digestible recipes.

So then, off to the stove and let it taste. 😉

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