medicinal mung dal juice

5th August 2015

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What can I say…….refreshing, cooling and deliciously cleansing.  It’s like drinking cool silk and the cooling effects on the body feel immediate.  This is a wonderful drink that I have been having three times a week to reduce the heat and Pitta imbalance in my body.

There are two recipes here – the first recipe is one which I have altered, using apple as a sweetener rather than the sugar.  The apple one has a much sharper, cleansing quality and the second one is a traditional Yogic recipe which was made as part of the Jivana Yoga Programme – shared by Ganapathi Aarya, using sugar, which has a softer and soothing quality.  

In Winter, it is recommended to consume only twice a week, but in the hotter months, the recommendation is 3 times a week.  It helps to eliminate constipation and reduces heat in the body, particularly good prior to the menstrual cycle and for hormonal changes due to menopause.
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medicinal mung dal juice

serves 4 medium glasses

I recommend using fresh cardamom pods rather than powder to really benefit from the aromatic & medicinal qualities.  If you have time and the use of a juicer, make your own apple juice to benefit from the freshness and nutritional value of the apples.

ingredients : 

¼ cup whole mung dal (green gram)

3 pods cardamom (¼ tsp)

1 apple, cored and quartered

1 cup freshly pressed apple juice (approximately 2 apples) or unsweetened organic fresh apple juice

1 cup filtered water

preparation :

Place the whole mung dal in a bowl and rinse with water.  Cover with 3 cups of water and soak overnight for 10 -12 hours.  Rinse and drain the soaked mung dahl, then set aside.  This should give half a cup.

Remove the outer pods from the cardamom.  Place the seeds in a mortar and pestle and grind until you have a fine powder.  Set aside.

In a high-speed blender, place the soaked mung dal, cardamom powder, apple pieces, apple juice and water. Blend on high speed for at least one minute or until completely smooth.  The juice will be frothy.  I like to enjoy as is, or it can be strained for a smoother consistency, as in the photo above.

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traditional Indian Yogic Mung Dal Juice (Green Gram Juice)

Good for all constitutions.  Eliminates constipation and reduces heat in the body.  Keeps the body and mind cool and calm.  Balances Vata & Pitta.  May be consumed in all seasons.  In Winter, it is recommended not to consume more than twice a week, while in Summer it may be consumed 3 times a week.  For those suffering from Kapha imbalance, it may be consumed as part of the main meal or alternatively a pinch of black pepper powder can be added for kapha reduction.  1 – 2 glasses may be consumed at once (200-300mL).

ingredients :

½ cup whole mung dal (green gram)

¾ cup brown sugar/jaggery

4 cups water

3 cardamom pods (¼ tsp)

preparation :

Place the whole mung dal (green gram) in a bowl and rinse with water.  Cover with 3 cups of water and soak overnight for 10-12 hours.  Rinse and drain the soaked mung dal and set aside.

Remove the outer pods from the cardamom.  Place the seeds in a coffee/spice grinder or mortar and pestle and grind until you have a rough powder. Set aside.

In a high-speed blender, place the soaked mung dal, ground cardamom, sugar and water. Blend on high-speed for at least a minute or until completely smooth.  Pour into glasses and enjoy.

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