Poppy Seed Chutney and a Pomegranate "Churna" Source: MAV Newsletter

Chutneys and spice mixtures (churnas), made correctly, are delicious and healthy. They support digestion, balance the doshas and elevate the senses.

We have two recipes for you - one made with organic poppy seeds, and the other made with organic dried pomegranate fruit. These memorable, delicious ayurvedic condiments can be used as a flavoring on food at almost any meal. Either is an unforgettable addition to your diet, and you'll wonder how you ever did without them.

The word "chutney" describes a type of spicy thick sauce used as an accompaniment for a main dish. Chutneys usually contain a mix of complementary spices and vegetables. The poppy seed chutney is a good example of this.

The pomegranate spice mixture is a flavorful ground powder that tastes amazing, and at the same time supports digestion and elimination without aggravating Pitta. It supports healthy levels of stomach acid, and helps decrease digestive gas. This is a recipe that's easy to make and incredibly delicious.

And remember, whatever you are making: Eat naturally-intelligent foods. This is a fundamental principle of Maharishi Ayurveda and a foundation of an ayurvedic diet. Close to three-quarters of the products sold by grocery stores in the United States contain genetically-modified ingredients. And many of the chemicals and pesticides used in growing foods have been linked to numerous diseases. Processed foods, genetically-modified foods, and foods to which additives or artificial preservatives have been added are no longer alive with the intelligence of nature. According to ayurveda, the human physiology is a reflection of the laws of the universe, and the more in tune our lives are with nature, the healthier we are likely to be. Our bodies possess the natural intelligence to process those foods best that are closest to nature-whole grains, organically grown vegetables and fruits, and wild-crafted herbs. Help your digestion function optimally by choosing organic foods when possible. Your health is worth the added effort and cost.

Here's what you'll need for Poppy Seed Chutney:

Recipe:

         1 teaspoon white poppy seeds

         1 teaspoon coconut powder (fresh grated is best)

         Pinches of organic ground cumin and turmeric

         1-2 tablespoons of organic ghee (clarified butter)

Prepare:

         Mix white poppy seeds with coconut powder.

         Add small amounts of water while mixing to form a thick paste.

         Melt ghee in a frying pan until it becomes clear (cloudiness is gone).

         Add turmeric and cumin, mix well.

         Remove from heat immediately; simmer off heat until color and aroma change.

         Add to poppy seed mixture, stir well, let stand 5 minutes.

         Add a little salt to taste.

Remember, the clarity of the ghee is important in the cooking. When the ghee becomes clear, the temperature is just right for bringing out all the benefits of the herbs. Enjoy.

Ayurvedic Pomegranate Seed Spice

Recipe:

         Dried organic pomegranate seeds - 8 teaspoons

         Rock salt (or some natural salt) - 2 teaspoons

         Organic black pepper powder - 1/4 teaspoon

         Organic cumin seeds - 2 teaspoons

         Citric acid (or dried lemon juice) - 1/8 teaspoon

         Organic pure cane sugar (Sucanat or Florida Crystals are good) - 25 teaspoons

Prepare:

         Grind and powder all herbs and seeds separately. (For grinding the pomegranate seeds, you will need a grinder that can handle wet as well as dry herbs.)

         Mix the first two herbs together.

         Add one herb at a time, mixing well before adding another.

         Produces a powdered mixture.

         Store in an airtight container, for up to a month.

Sprinkle this organic spice delight on your favorite food as desired. Enjoy.