Holidays are done. January 1st has arrived. New resolutions are made.
No more chocolates. No more candies. No more cookies and cakes.
Back to routine. 5.30 AM Alarm. Work. Cleanse and Detox.Workout. Eat Right.
I am sure everyone’s New year started with fresh plans and resolutions. My first plan was to cleanse and detox my body. That means eating the right stuff that would help me get rid of all the toxins and residual fat inside my intestine.
Imagine your digestive system to be a long rope. One end of the rope is your mouth and other end is rectum. When food travels from mouth to rectum, it gets digested and absorbed along the way. The solid material that is left is excreted via the large intestine and rectum.
Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits ( Yes, you heard me right! Vegetables go first as they contain less fructose than fruits) is key as they are stuffed with living enzymes, vitamins, fibre and trace minerals.
Let me tell you what happens when we eat processed food.
When a person consumes a diet high in over processed, refined, high fat and sugar, low fibre diet, the muscles that help to propogate food in the intestines become weak and ineffective. The food will get stuck in small pockets along the way and get stored in the walls of colon. These substances can ferment and become toxic. This provides optimal conditions for pathogenic bacteria to proliferate. Constipation will be the first symtom to show up. Colon is responsible for storing waste, maintaining water balance and absorbing vitamins. When colon becomes toxic, poisons are circulated and blood doesn’t absorb the required nutrients. That’s when you begin to feel hungry all the time and eat more. It’s a vicious circle. Cleansing helps with weightloss too.
I found a list of foods that help to cleanse and detox your body. There are lot of online articles on “clean food”, “green smoothies”. You can google and read about them. One food that I love to eat often is MUNG BEANS. It is higly recommended in Ayurvedic cooking as it helps to pull out the waste clinging around the colon wall. I started my first day with Mung Bean Salad and with its broth I made rasam.
This rasam is unique as I have used mung bean broth instead of yellow lentils. I reserved the water I used to cook the mung bean. I flavored them with mint leaves and didnot use the typical “rasam podi”. You can make it with few key spices you have in your kitchen. It’s spicy, flavorful and totally South Indian in taste. I like to eat healthy food with my desi twists to it.
Serves: A party of 10
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds
- 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds
- 1 dry red chily
- 2 teaspoon asafoetida
- 10 curry leaves
- 5 garlic cloves – chopped
- 1 large tomato – chopped
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin powder
- 1/2 tablespoon pepper powder (made freshly)
- 2 tablespoon coriander powder
- 2 cups Mung bean broth (or use yellow lentils broth – cook 2 tablespoon yellow lentils in 2 cups water for 30 minutes or pressure cook for 5 whistles)
- 1 tablespoon tamarind pulp ( make a fresh concentrate with tamarind flesh in warm water)
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup mint leaves , crushed in a mortar and pestle
- 2 teaspoon salt , add more if needed
- Heat oil and once they are hot, add mustard seeds and let it pop. Throw in the cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and dry red chilly.
- Add garlic and tomatoes. Saute for 3-5 minutes. Add turmeric, chili, cumin and coriander powder. Mix in with the tomatoes.
- Pour the mung bean or yellow lentil broth, tamarind pulp and water. Bring it to a boil, takes about 15 minutes. Add freshly crushed mint leaves. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Cover and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Since it has mung bean, this soup can be eaten in phase of South Beach Diet.
- It is also an ideal soup during gestational diabetes and weightloss.
- Mint rasam is perfect drink to cleanse and detox your body.