Summer is still upon us, though we can feel it winding down. What kind of positive healthy changes can we implement to our daily diets that will keep us nourished and warm this Autumn and Winter....during the Vata months.
There are a couple recipes that are hearty and warming for the cooler months ahead and they also provide many wonderful health benefits.
Dried Fenugreek Fish (Sukhi Methi Wale Macchi)
This is a very simple recipe and it only takes about 10 minutes to prepare. Move over Rachel Ray, I am coming through!!
5 tablespoons fenugreek leaves, 1 teaspoon red chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon Ginger-garlic paste, 1/2 plain yogurt, 4 tablespoon heavy cream, 1 pound whitefish (cut into chunks),
Once in a bowl, mix the fenugreek, red chili powder, turmeric, paste, yogurt, and cream together. Add fish and coat with butter well. Then, refrigerate.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.....and place fish onto skewers.
Roast for 4-5 minutes only.
Garlic Fish Tikka (Lasuni Macchi)
Cook time and prep time is about 15 minutes total
1/2 cup heavy cream, 1 tsp spice mix (cloves, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, black pepper, nutmeg)
1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 2 tsp minced garlic, 1 pound white fish (into chunks)
Combine cream, spice mix, red chili powder, turmeric, garlic into bowl and mix. Add fish. Refrigerate.
Preheat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Skewer fish and bake for 3-4 minutes total. (Baste with butter before baking).
During the vata months, we need warmth. The garlic provides excellent health benefits as does much of the spices in the ingredients.
Fish provides your omega-3 fatty acids.
Fenugreek leaves also help to reduce blood sugar (in diabetes), and is an excellent blood purifier.
The pungent of the garlic will give the warmth that is needed during the cooler and damp months.
Many of these spices in both of these recipes are unique in flavor and NOT overpowering in hot spicy. It is all in moderation. Many people associate the word "spice" with hot. This is a misconception. Spice does not always mean "hot."
These dishes also will help increase our digestive fire as well.