Ayurveda is the ancient science of healing and wellness from the Indian subcontinent. Our food, and how we interact with it, is an integral part of this ancient wisdom. Naivedya joyfully shares the time-tested wisdom of Ayurveda in the kitchen!
I offer you different ways for you to experience Ayurveda in the kitchen
I started Naivedya to share my passion for living the Ayurvedic way. Besides being a time-tested way of life, in that it is a 5000-year old tradition, it is also a tried and tested way of life for me in a very personal sense. Ayurveda, along with its sister sciences of yoga and pranayama, has been my path to vigor, peace and well-being for as long as I can remember.
I was fortunate to have been born and brought up in India where every kitchen, in one way or the other, has Ayurvedic overtones! Unfortunately the intelligence of cooking the way of ancients has gotten lost in segments of modern India. But the foundation has tenaciously held on, and I await hopefully for its resurgence. I started my own Ayurvedic kitchen over 20 years ago, using my kitchen as the first, and often times only, line of defense against all that ails. I have since studied Ayurvedic cooking and nutrition and am excited to share this wisdom onwards.
Ayurveda teaches us that all physical phenomena is made up of the five sacred elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. They come together in varying combinations to create the beautiful diversity of life and the uniqueness of each individual. This uniqueness impacts not just our physiological make up, but our psychological selves too. How we increase or pacify the elements within us is central to how we heal in Ayurveda. And food is a basic and profound tool we all have access to, that has the power to influence the interplay of the elements within us. With that at heart, I hope to engage you in the Ayurvedic way of cooking.
Naivedya's symbol, if you look carefully, is a complex hand gesture, called the offering mudra. And Naivedya itself is the Sanskrit word for "an offering to the divine". These two come together symbolically to capture the spirit in which I bring you the beauty and wisdom of the Ayurvedic kitchen.
Learn to cook the Ayurvedic way by creating mouth-watering dishes while:
Understanding proper food combinations
The medicinal properties of herbs and spices
Ways to get the most out of your meals - by making sure they're digested well and suited to your individual constitution or dosha.
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HOST AN AYURVEDIC DINNER
Host an evening with a difference! Gather a few friends as Rashee whips up a vegetarian Ayurvedic dinner. You and your guests will have an opportunity to interact with the cook and understand the nuances of an Ayurvedic meal.