Ayurvedic Recipe – Indian Cashew Nut Soup

Soups are a great way to get all your essential nutrients, spices and tastes as part of your Ayurvedic diet.

The following Ayurvedic recipe below is a delicious soup and a complete meal in itself.

This ayurvedic recipe is one I decided to experiment with – using certain ingredients that are common in Ayurveda.

This particular recipe is extremely tasty as it includes all the 6 tastes and makes for a yummy and balanced meal.

For a more sattvic or balancing recipe, omit the onions and the cayenne spice as they may aggravate Vata and Pitta dosha.

Feel free to have this soup with a side of rice or some roti or chapatis.

Enjoy this one!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup cashew nut butter

2 tbsp maple syrup

4 cups boiling water

1 Tbsp sesame tahini

2 tbsp sesame oil (use ghee as an alternative)

2 cups minced onion (optional)

1 tsp salt (use less, if nut-butter is salted)

2 tbsp minced fresh ginger

1 tbsp grated fresh turmeric or 2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1 Tbsp ground cumin

1 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cayenne (optional)

2 cups buttermilk, room temperature (use coconut milk as a substitute for dairy)

Juice from ½ of a lemon

¼ cup of cilantro

*Use fresh organic ingredients if possible.

 Prep time:  10 min    Active cooking time:  35 min    Total time to make:  35 min

Serves: 6 to 8 people

Preparation & Cooking Procedure:

1. Place the cashew butter, sesame tahini and maple syrup in a medium-sized bowl.

2. Add about half the boiling water, and mash with a spoon until it becomes smooth. Whisk in the remaining hot water and set aside.

3. Heat or warm the sesame seed oil or ghee in a soup pot.

4. Add the onion, salt, turmeric and ginger. Saute over low heat for about 10 minutes, then add the spices.

5. Continue to cook and stir for another 5 minutes.

6. Stir in the cashew butter mixture, add the butter milk and cover. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

7. Add the lemon juice and then garnish with cilantro

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