The seven days at both the end and the commencement of seasons (ritus) is known as Rithu sandhi. The gap between seasons is generally a delicate period. During this time immunity, strength and digestion reduces.
This time of fluctuation provides a natural opportunity to cleanse the body. Also, Ayurveda advises one to have a light, warm diet which can easily be digested and assimilated during this period. The regimen of the preceding season should be discontinued gradually and that of the succeeding season should be adopted (gradually). Sudden discontinuance or sudden adoption gives rise to diseases.
Also, the use of Triphala is ideal in this season.
This is a nourishing soup ideal for Rithu Sandhi. This soup is the best healthy food suitable for everyone including babies, toddlers and kids.
1/4 cup moong dal (split lentils)
1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger
1/2 tsp Ghee
2 cups water
1/2 cup chopped veggies (your choice)
Salt and pepper to taste
Cumin to taste
Wash and soak the dal for at least half an hour before making the soup. When you’re ready to begin, heat the ghee in a pressure cooker. Add the cumin and saute until it begins to sizzle. Next add the ginger and sauté without burning it. When the raw smell is gone, strain the dal and add it to the pressure cooker. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the veggies and cook for about 2 minutes. Cover with water and cook on a low to medium flame for 1 to 2 whistles. When the pressure releases, mash the dal and add desired spice powders (pepper, cumin, et cetera). Add salt and serve warm.
In addition to healthy diet, try to do regular body massage with oil during Rithu Sandhi. Sleep during day time should be avoided. Exercise according to your strength during this period. Practice Yoga and pranayama to improve immunity. Be well, and keep an Ayurvedic routine for waking and sleeping!
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