After the rich foods and pampering from the holidays, this soup is the perfect recipe to get you back to a healthy routine. This hearty warm soup refreshingly awakens your taste buds from all the low (zero)-nutrient foods from this holiday season.
Maha Detox Recipe
I call this the “Maha Detox” soup because of the high-nutrient veggies and the deeply nourishing/detoxifying Ayurvedic spices used as ingredients.
The recipe is simple and takes less than 40 mins. To make this a detox soup, do not use any kind of oil. You won’t feel the difference as the soup is rich in flavor with freshly made spices and veggie stock. These three simple rules will ensure a healthy recipe for you:
Simple 3 Rule
- Fresh veggies required for your body type
- Fresh home-made veggie stock
- Perfectly blended Ayurvedic spices
- 1 cup assorted veggies (string beans, onions, celery, and red-yellow peppers)
- 1/2 cup assorted root veggies (carrots and yams/beets, skip if high in kapha)
- 1 cup mixed baby greens (spinach, kale, and chard)
- 1/2 cup (red kidney) beans (optional)
- 1–2 tsp minced ginger-garlic paste
- 2–4 tsp Ayurvedic spice mix (cumin, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, clove)
- 1–2 cups veggie stock (preferably home-made veggie stock)
- 1 cup water
- Salt to taste
- Steam cook the root veggies separately so that they get well incorporated into the soup.
- In a big stockpot, on low heat, add the Ayurvedic spice mix and dry roast the mixture until you smell the appetizing aroma.
- Now, add the assorted chopped veggies to this mixture and saute for a few mins.
- Add 1 cup of veggie stock and simmer with a covered lid for about 15–20 mins. Once the veggies look translucent and mushy, add the chopped greens and extra veggie stock and let it simmer again for about 10 mins.
- Add extra water and the cooked root veggies to the soup. Add more water only to bring the soup to a nice watery consistency and simmer at the end for about 5 more mins.
Cold and moist winter days beg for a hearty steamy soup – so enjoy this piping hot!
The Struggles Of Your Body During Holidays
The holidays is a special time of the year in spite of all the frantic shopping and the restless traffic. But it can be quite stressful to the body and mind, what with the number of things to be done. I agree that it can be challenging to take care of yourself and keep a fit body, mind, and spirit at this time.
Take any discomfort of the body as a sign that your body needs you to get back to a healthy routine of fresh, high-nutrition food.
When you eat home-made fresh food every day and then, all of a sudden, put your body through a lot of heavy restaurant foods, it takes a toll on your body. For the last couple of days, my body started rebelling with a lot of kapha imbalance, resulting in sore throat and coughing.
According to Ayurveda, kapha dosha is balanced by eating freshly made warm and well spiced foods, which heat the body. The spices that produce heat thin out the mucous formation by regulating the moisture level in our bodies.
It’s a shiny new year and the holidays are now behind us. It’s time to look ahead and re-discover our inner stillness, our inner self.