Ayurvedic Cleansing Soup

October 5, 2013

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Sounds delish, right?  Maybe not but it actually is better than what it probably looks like.  I recorded a Dr. Oz show which featured Ayurveda practices.  More specifically, how the ancient practice of Ayurveda has healing properties and that can actually help you loose weight.  Not that I need to but I like the idea of cleansing foods.  Mung Beans, which are included in this recipe have powerful capabilities.  If you are aware of the three doshas (you can learn more about it here) this particular bean helps to balance all three.  As well, the spices in this soup help flush out toxins in the body.

Now, if you were officially going to do an Ayurvedic cleanse, you would eat this soup for at least four days for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  And, it claims that you can lose 5 pounds but suggests that you ensure to take a multi-vitamin along side this cleanse.

Ingredients:

1 cup whole green mung beans (be sure to first soak them overnight)
2 cup water (add ½ tsp salt for added flavor) The water is to cook the beans in the pressure cooker
2 cup water (to get the soup consistency)
1 Tbsp sunflower oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp hing (also called asafoetida) Optional
1 bay leaf
½ tsp turmeric
1 ½ tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp chopped ginger
½ tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp salt (optional)
1 tsp raw sugar cane (optional)

Directions
– Soak mung beans overnight in the water
– Grind ginger and garlic
– Drain the mung beans
– Wash beans thoroughly
– Cook in a pressure cooker (with the water) until tender—approximately 30 minutes. A regular pot will take longer (45-50 minutes)
– Heat the oil in a saucepan
– Add mustard seeds and cook til they pop
– Add hing, bay leaf, turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger and a pinch of black pepper
– Mix well (stir constantly to avoid burning)
– Place the cooked beans with the fresh water and the remaining ingredients into the saucepan and bring to a boil
– Simmer for a few minutes more to be sure all flavors are combine well
– Squeeze on some lemon and you’re good to go!