Sattvik Food Recipe: Bhapa Pui Shaak or Steamed Malabar Spinach with Coconut
It’s hard to escape the harsh realities of life no matter who we are or what we do. Though the grass always seems greener on the other side, almost everyone is well acquainted with the long and never-ending inner battles. But every maze has an escape and every puzzle has a solution. We humans are lucky because we are gifted with ‘hope’, to continue with our life’s journey. But the journey becomes meaningful when we dwell deep and this inward focus can lead us to infinite possibilities and wonders.
This realization is not a modern phenomenon as the expression was devised and harnessed thousands of years back by ‘Rishis’ (holy men) and gave rise to the concept of YOGA – a science which teaches us to use our body and mind to reach our deeper soul and finally leads to everlasting health, wealth and inner happiness. Today, before talking about food and recipes, let us discuss about Yoga asana, Kurmasana. However, if you want to get to the Pui Shaak recipe or Malabar Spinach recipe direct, simply scroll down.
3 Steps to Reach Your Inner soul with Kurmasana- Tortoise Pose
It is our inward journey which leads us to happiness and yoga is the only vehicle which can take us there.
Kurmasana (tortoise pose) is one among such innumerable Yoga asanas, which is highly effective and relevant in today’s world and can empower you to embark on an inward journey which you have never experienced before.
This yoga asana is a three-step process towards reaching the goal and while you practice this yoga over a period of time you will notice a sense of balance in your life. According to B.K.S. Iyengar in Light on Yoga, “This asana tones the spine, activates the abdominal organs, and keeps one energetic and healthy.” Additionally, the posture ‘soothes the nerves of the brain’.
Here are the three steps which will lead you towards a new life, full of poise, energy and balance:
For this step, sit with your legs stretched straight in front of you. Slightly widen your legs so that your heels touch the outer edge of your yoga mat. Bend your legs a little less than 90 degrees. Place your right shoulder underneath your right leg and place your thumb on the back of your right calf muscles. Do the same with your left shoulder and left leg. Stretch your arms so that your arms and legs form a 90 degree angle followed by squeezing your legs towards one another.
For step two, you have to stretch your arms back with the palms up.
The basic posture remains the same. You just have to bend your elbow and reach the back of your waistline so that you can clasp your hands around the back of your waistline.
Remember, if your legs spread wide, it would be impossible to clasp your hand. So try to put your shoulders as far under your legs and squeeze your legs together. If you stretch your arms away from your body, you can easily clasp them. Hold this posture for 30 seconds to 1 minute and release.
Over a period of few practices you will notice great changes. Even after your first practice you will feel the difference. As said by B.K.S. Iyengar “after completing it one feels refreshed, as though one had woken up from a long undisturbed sleep.”
Basic Concept of Yoga Food
Contrary to popular concepts, Yoga doesn’t stand for weight loss and strict diet regimes. Instead, Ayurvedic Diet under Yoga prescribes food for the soul which in turn keeps the body as well as mind healthy and happy.
Under Ayurveda, food has been divided in three broad categories-
Satvikk Food Items – Food that is purest in nature and does no harm to our body consists of this group. Fresh fruits, vegetables, grains like wheat and rice, legumes and milk products like ghee are considered purest of all food. A diet consisting of these food items is considered to be in constancy with the Ayurvedic traditions of food.
Rajashik Food Items – Food that is considered to be luxurious fall under this category. Alcohol and alcoholic beverages, Tea, Coffee, chilies, Salt, etc. are considered to be lavish and royal, basically items that denote excess. Overall, excessive sweet or sour food that cannot be consumed on daily basis are considered unfit to be offered to Gods & Goddesses, and thus, not suitable for humans as well.
Tamshik Food Items – Food that is derived by harming other individuals is considered tamashik or tamoshik. Food like meat and fish are considered bad for humans under Ayurvedic Food Diet. Also, food that grows below the soil are included in this list, for example, Onion, Ginger, Garlic, etc. which is thought to be heat generating and thus not suitable for daily consumption.
This Bhapa Pui Shaak recipe is essentially a perfect Sattvik food recipe as it is steamed, uses green leafy vegetable of Malabar Spinach or Pui Shaak along with Coconut and Mustard Oil.
- 500 gms Pui Shak or Malabar Spinach Finely Chopped
- Salt to Taste
- 1/4 cup Grated Coconut
- 1 Green Chili Finely Chopped
- 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
Prepare your steamer, if you have. Or, you can cook in your rice cooker or in pressure cooker as well.
Take a stainless steel bowl or box with flat bottom. Take all the ingredients and mix them together.
If you are using a steamer then place it in the steamer and cover it to cook it for 10-12 minutes.
If you are using Rice Cooker, then place a lid on the bowl or box and place it inside the cooker. Pour little water in the cooker and close the lid of Rice Cooker and cook it for 10-12 minutes.
If you are using Pressure Cooker, then place the box in the cooker and pour some water around it. Remove the whistle and close the lid of the cooker. Turn the heat on and let it cook for 10 minutes.
Once done, take the box out and check if the pui shak or malabar spinach has softened completely. If you find excessive water, pour it out in a pan and stir it for a minute or two to dry out the excess water.