Cooking with Love, Care & Attention

Cooking for yourself and your family relates to health and well-being, because it is considered as a divine medicine for those who consume it. The food we eat affects not just our body, but our mind and soul too. Giving those recipes and ingredients your precious attention, love, care and good energy makes it most delicious and gives positive effective on health. In fact, the state of your mind while you are cooking your food directly affects the energy and quality of that food. You can turn your every meal into a healing medicine just by cooking consciously with love, care, attention and prayer in your kitchen. Let us understand the science behind this.

Energy: Everything in this universe has an energy (vibration / frequency) which includes our physical body, thoughts, emotions, actions, sound, color. We consume this energy in form of food, water and air in various forms.

Ancient Wisdom / Ancient Beliefs: It is believed since ages, in many cultures that the intention and emotions while cooking food has a huge impact on its quality. Indian sacred Hindu scripture “Bhagavad Gita” describes that the intention of the person cooking the food is directly transferred in form of an energy into the food.

Holy Food & Water: Human energy and consciousness affect water’s molecular structure. Positive thoughts, words, intentions, and prayers produce harmonious crystal formations in the water, and even cleanses polluted water. Negative thoughts, words, and feelings produce fragmented, disharmonious crystal formations. For generations, in most of the cultures around the world, we have seen a concept of the Holy Water. Christians have holy water which is sanctified by a priest, and in Hindu culture the Prasad (food offered to the God and then consumed by the worshipers) and Tirtham (holy water) from the temple which have vibrations of positive thoughts, prayers, love, care, attention, concern and blessings in them. The food / water from a holy place does not have any magical ingredients in it, but when we eat food or drink water from any holy place, we feel positive, refreshed, energetic, happy and blessed. It is because this food has a special power of positivity in it, by the way of positive thoughts, prayers, love, care, attention, concern and blessings for mankind.

In ancient India, the cooks in royal palaces were referred to as Maharaj, which is a synonyms with the name of the king himself. This is because of his purest intentions, care, attention and dedication towards making the food for the royal family. This process of cooking makes the food a divine medicine and plays a vital role in the health and wellness of the royal family members consuming the food. Even today in many communities in India, the hired cook of the family is referred to as Maharaj.

Every person on earth can swear by their mother’s home made food, its taste and healing benefits across the globe. This is one of the finest example of the subject which we are referring to in this post. It is a global belief / fact, that when a mother cooks food for her children and family, all her concentration is on hygiene, quality, taste, freshness, color and health benefits of the food. This makes all her unconditional love, care, attention, intention, conscious, prayer for health and well being of the family flow like a positive energy into the food. This positive energy gives the food an amazing texture, color, taste and healing benefits which is incomparable anywhere else. This is one major reason that people can recognize their mother’s home made food among numerous food dishes and lifelong crave for the same taste. Here the major reason for the healing properties of the food is that the mother’s (young or aged) dont feel tired or troublesome while cooking for their family, instead they feel it as their responsibility and duty, a way of expressing love and emotions towards the family.

Kitchen is a kingdom of health and wellness in every household across the world. Kitchen has the key to the health status of the family members. Anyone who cooks in the kitchen is equivalent to a doctor who is directly responsible for the health of the family members. While cooking, the person should be free from all the worries, insecurities and worldly matters. They should be completely immersed in the process of cooking as a divine meditation. This prevents and safeguards them from all the negative energies around them, leading to the cooking process more peaceful and pleasurable. The resultant food makes wonders on their health, wellness and gives immense pleasure to all those who consume it. Apart from this, cooking collectively by the family members also contributes to the strong sense of family bonding, emotional security and individual connectivity with other family members. Wile consuming the food together with family, this positive energy connects all the family members with an unseen connection and keeps then bonded together in various stages of life.

feel happy – cook happy – eat healthy – live healthy….!

Copper Ka Kamaal

Since ancient times copper is known for its medicinal values and has been is usage prominently. Here we will discuss a simple way of drinking water regularly from a copper vessel / jug for innumerable health benefits. Copper vessels have been very common in Indian subcontinent for storage of water. This practice has an ayurvedic history behind it and a medical science to its aid.

Copper has many antimicrobial properties. When water is stored in copper vessels for about 6 to 8 hours, a small amount of copper ions gets dissolved in water. This process is called Oligo-dynamic effect which has the ability to destroy a wide range of harmful microbes, molds, fungus from the body. As per sanskrit, this water stored in copper vessel is called as “Taamar Jal / Tamra Jal”. As per Ayurveda, this copper vessel water has the ability to balance all the three doshas (kapha, pitta, vatta) of a human body.

For this benefit one has to buy a copper vessel made of pure copper. Then we should clean the vessel properly and fill it with water for about 6 to 8 hours for this process. The simplest method adopted commonly is to keep water in a copper vessel overnight by your bedside and drink this water first thing in the morning when you wake up. This practice is very useful in stimulating your bowel movements, keeps your digestive system very healthy and set your metabolism for rest of the day.

Health Benefits of Copper Water:

  • prevents water borne diseases
  • regulates ageing process
  • regulates functioning of thyroid glands
  • maintains heart health
  • maintains hemoglobin levels
  • helps in weights loss
  • promotes skin care
  • facilitates bowel movement
  • accelerates digestive process and metabolism
  • stimulates brain and makes feel fresh
  • fights free radicals and is anti inflammatory

Health benefits in any process comes with a guided practice. Here also, one has to observe few basic rules in order to extract maximum benefit of this process in a right way. Copper vessel water should not be consumed all day long. It should be consumed maximum twice a day with an interval of at-least 6 to 8 hours. Another important rule is that one should not consume this copper water continuously for more than 3 months. Once you have consumed it for 3 months, you need to give a break to this process for at-least a month. This is mainly because our body get copper deposits all these three months and will at-least need a month to balance the level by flushing excess copper from our body through natural process. The main logic behind this comes from the fact that anything in excess is harmful for our human body.

Storage of copper vessels is not easy because copper vessels get stained and dark colored easily due to a process called oxidation. One has to make sure the cleaning procedure is followed religiously in order to get the best results from this process.

Modak – Lord Ganesha’s Favourite

Modak – Lord Ganesh’s favourite dessert dish and very popular Indian desserts. Modak is traditionally made from rice flour and jaggery. However we can also use wheat flour for making Modak.

Ingredients for making modak:

For the stuffing

  • 1 bowl of grated coconut white
  • 1/2 bowl sugar, 1/2 bowl jaggery
  • dry fruits (almonds,raisins, pistachio, cashews)
  • 2 to 3 tsp pure ghee
  • a pinch each of saffron, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds (khus khus)

For the cover

  • 2 bowls rice flour or wheat flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp of oil or ghee
  • hot water as required

Cooking Method:

For the stuffing

  • heat ghee in a pan, add poppy seeds and saute for a minute
  • add grated coconut, sugar, jaggery (grated), cardamom, nutmeg powder and mix thoroughly
  • cook till all moisture from the sugar and jaggery begins to dry
  • it takes about 10 to 15 minutes for the mixture to dry on low flame. You can add more ghee if the stuffing becomes too dry
  • do not overcook as it will harden up and lose its taste. Stir every 2 to 3 minutes till it turns golden yellow

For the cover

  • boil water, add 1 tsp of ghee in the boiling water
  • add a pinch of salt and 1 tsp of ghee to the rice flour / wheat flour and mix it thoroughly
  • add the dough to the boiling water, lower the heat and mix thoroughly
  • cover the vessel and keep it for 5 minutes on low flame
  • knead / blend the dough into a smooth paste without lumps by applying some ghee or oil on your palms
  • you need to knead it while it is still hot, if you feel the dough looks dry, add some hot water and continue to knead the dough smooth

Making the Modaks

  • apply pinch of oil/ghee on your palms and make small balls of the dough
  • flatten it to give it the shape of a katori (small bowl) or cone
  • press the edges of the katori-shaped dough with slight pressure at every 1 inch distance
  • the edges of the katori will now look like the petals of a flower
  • put some dry fruit stuffing in the katori and close the ends to give them a shape like fresh figs or momos
  • take a leaf of banana or a soft cloth like muslin, and apply bit oil/ghee on it and place it in the steamer pan
  • place all the modaks on the leaf or cloth and close the lid and steam it for 5 to 6 minutes and then turn off the flame
  • your delicious modaks are ready to be served.

For Fried Modaks instead of steaming the stuffed modaks, heat oil in the frying pan and deep fry the modaks on low or medium flame till they turn golden brown from all sides.

Cardiovascular Health with Garlic





Cardiovascular issues have been a big concern in recent years and has taken a toll on many lives across the globe. This is mainly caused due to changing lifestyle and inconsistent food habits. In Ayurvedic texts a very simple remedy for maintenance of cardiovascular health and prevention of related concerns is mentioned with a guided usage of garlic.

A small clove / pearl of raw garlic, when consumed every morning on an empty stomach helps to prevent many cardiovascular health issues and maintains a healthy heart. It also helps in lowering the cholesterol, blood purification, cold & cough, skin care and builds immunity. However it is advised to consume a regulated quantity of one or two raw garlic cloves / pearls per day as per individual health conditions. Some people find it easy to consume with a few drops of honey along with it due to pungent smell of garlic.

Weight Loss with Spices & Milk


Weight loss has been a big concern for many of us. Our ancient texts have provided a simple and effortless solution for it. It is a very common practice in Indian households to drink warm milk twice a day. Here we bring a simple solution for many health concerns with a little fusion to your warm milk.

Add a pinch of black pepper powder and cinnamon powder to warm milk and consume it before going to bed. It helps in reducing weight gradually and enhances metabolism of the body. When consumed regularly it also helps in various other health concerns like insomnia, diabetes, cough & cold, bone strength, anxiety & depression