Yoga teacher Pushpa Bakshi offers a healthy and tasty recipe, and extols the benefits of tumeric.
I BELIEVE that cooking can bond us to loved ones, evoke memories and create special moments.
Spicy sweet potatoes, great hot or cold, and can be eaten anytime with any other dish.
Ingredients: 2 big (500g) sweet potatoes; 1 tsp salt; ¼ tsp turmeric; 1½ tsp cumin powder; ½ tsp yellow asafetida powder or fresh garlic; ½ tsp ground black pepper; ½ Tsp red chili powder (optional); 1 tbsp lemon juice.
Preparation: Wash and pat dry the sweet potatoes. Place them on a baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven at 400F/200C for 30-40 minutes or until the skin is charred, and inside is tender but firm.
Cool the sweet potatoes for 10 minutes and peel off the skin. Chop them into chunks.
In a mixing bowl, combine the sweet potatoes and all the spices and toss well. Serve hot or warm. Serves 4
Health benefits: Salt is not only critical to your life but it is one of the basic elements of which your body is made.
Like true lovers, the relationship between salt and your health is so intricately involved as to make them impossible to be disentangled or untied.
Without salt, you could not exist for a moment. At the fundamental level of the physical body, you are a walking, breathing, salty ocean.
In India, you can't think about a curry without turmeric in it.
However, it's only now that people are realising that turmeric has some amazing powers and is more than a spice which can be relegated to a shelf on your kitchen.
Turmeric is packed with loads of benefits and today scientists are also substantiating this fact with research.
Turmeric is a wonder product that has gained fame in recent times, although in India people have been using it since ancient times.
Its skin benefits are more notable as turmeric is renowned for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Beauticians the world over are waking up to the amazing benefits of turmeric and it's also being incorporated in beauty products.
If you are able to procure pure turmeric powder, you can use it in many ways to add glow to your skin.
Turmeric helps reduce pigmentation on your face and even-out your skin tone. It can be easily done at home.
Mix a little turmeric with cucumber or lemon juice and apply to your face. Leave it for some time and wash off.
A one-time application will be of little help and only regular use will give a soft glow to your face.
Turmeric is a beauty ingredient that is harmless and yet offers great results.
Turmeric mixed with sandalwood powder and a little water, and applied to the face, can greatly reduce the appearance of acne.
Every month I will share a recipe and also give you a little insight into how the ingredients benefit your health.
For further information, please call me on 0450 582 540. I will be speaking at Women Connecting Women on December 5 at the PCYC between 10am and noon.
I'll be speaking on a number of topics including personal development goals, depression, stress and tarot readings.
Pushpa is a certified yoga teacher. She is also a Reiki master and trained in natural healing. Pushpa has travelled the world as a senior leader for life coach and motivational speaker Anthony Robbins. Contact Pushpa on 0450 582 540 or firstname.lastname@example.org.