Health­ier cook­ing with ayurveda

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A GROUP of In­dian chefs will come to­gether at a three-day event in Ker­ala next month to talk about food and recipes that can con­trib­ute to­wards good health, well­ness and heal­ing.

The re­treat, Heal­ing Recipes – Back to Roots, will be held from July 3-6 at Kairali, The Ayurvedic Heal­ing Vil­lage, at Palakkad, in Ker­ala.

Here, one will in­ter­act with ayurvedic doc­tors and chefs, at­tend spe­cially-cu­rated mas­ter classes, ex­plore lo­cal cui­sine, learn the trick of grow­ing veg­eta­bles and spices or­gan­i­cally, and mas­ter the art of making gourmet meals that are nour­ish­ing and in­dulging.

A pre­view for the event was held in the cap­i­tal re­cently with Chef Man­jit Singh Gill, Chef Vikas Seth and Gita Ramesh, an ayurveda ex­pert IF YOU buy the right pair of leather shoes and look af­ter them, they can last a long time, say ex­perts.

Al­berto Tor­resi direc­tor Ishaan Sachdeva and Voganow.com direc­tor Tabby Bha­tia pro­vide tips on how to go about find­ing the per­fect pair.

One of the eas­i­est ways to check the au­then­tic­ity of leather is by press­ing on it – if it is real, the tex­ture will seem wrin­kled and pulled. Also, gen­uine leather gives more of a nat­u­ral and swanky touch.

Shoe fit­ting is another im­por­tant fac­tor. If the shoes are made by an ex­pe­ri­enced crafts­man, they will fit you and the joint man­ag­ing direc­tor of the Kairali Ayurvedic Group, giv­ing a taste of what to ex­pect from the event. They said peo­ple would re­alise how food could well and act as a part of your foot. Also the chances of it wrin­kling or be­com­ing mis­shapen are ruled out.

A per­fect pair of shoes should have an ex­tra-padded be their big­gest in­vest­ment for hap­pi­ness and well­ness.

Gill said: “Ev­ery cli­mate has its own taste… just like there are six sea­sons, so are the tastes which are very im­por­tant for ev­ery hu­man be­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Food is like medicine, it heals the body from within. Hence, it is im­per­a­tive that we re­visit our ap­proach to food, in­gre­di­ents and cook­ing tech­niques. Heal­ing Recipes – Back to Roots, for me, is a plat­form that will help you re­think food.”

Gill said salt should never be added to curd as it de­creased its nu­tri­tional value and

peo­ple do not know the cor­rect way in which olive oil should be used in cook­ing.

It must be cooked at proper tem­per­a­ture and, if pos­si­ble, in­sole. An ex­tra layer of cush­ion­ing be­tween the feet and the shoe makes the grip com­fort­able and sturdy. Gen­uine leather in the in­sole and lin­ing helps the shoes to re­vive for longer and also elim­i­nates the chances of bad foot odour.

Leather shoes have a rich fra­grance that fake leather doesn’t have. And they don’t smell like chem­i­cals or plas­tic.

Ex­am­ine the sole. There are var­ied types, rang­ing from rub­ber and leather to ex­tra light­weight for longer walk­ing hours. The soles should be stitched to the up­per sur­face rather than glued. Gen­uine leather soles can be re­placed one should con­sume only half a ta­ble­spoon of olive oil daily.

Ramesh, who also has a book called Heal­ing Recipes – Back to Roots, said the event was a con­scious ef­fort at pro­mot­ing food sus­tain­abil­ity.

“It talks about how ageold phi­los­o­phy and culi­nary prac­tices still hold rel­e­vance in mod­ern times and how ayurveda is di­rectly linked with the heal­ing of var­i­ous dis­eases – be it through var­i­ous ayurvedic prac­tices, medicines or sim­ply food.”

Cu­ra­tor Mad­hu­lika Dash said: “We have all grown up eat­ing home-made food, but never re­alised that if cooked in a healthy way with farm fresh in­gre­di­ents, it will lead to more good ef­fects on health. Ayurveda en­hances the qual­ity of in­gre­di­ents in food.” – IANS any time and can with­stand wear and tear.

If the pair are hand­crafted or hand-painted, look at the colour fin­ish­ing and stitch­ing de­tails. The stitch­ing should be neat and barely no­tice­able.

Check if the shoes have any kind of plas­tic coat­ing or an ex­tra un­real shine on them, which can feel like there is a layer be­tween your touch and the ma­te­rial of the shoes.

This shiny coat ap­plied to leather shoes loses the shine with grow­ing usage and even­tu­ally peels off, tak­ing the colour coat with it, which re­duces the shoes’ life to one sea­son. – IANS

Chef Man­jit Singh Gill

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