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Sukham Ayu: Cooking at Home with Ayurvedic Insights [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Jigyasa Giri , Pratibha Jain
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1 Dec 2008
A collection of recipes that consists of daily simple, vegetarian dishes that many Indian homes are familiar with. It reveals the fine thread of Ayurvedic insights binding them together, for what makes food healthy and Ayurvedic, in proper combination, compatibility and methods of cooking.

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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pritya Books India; 1st edition (1 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 819029931X
  • ISBN-13: 978-8190299312
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 24.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,011,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As we know Ayurveda is an ancient science and has been followed since time immemorial. Iam sure that with this book people will be happily inspired to follow Ayurvedic principles and discipline themselves for simple living and simple eating. --Tarla Dalal- India's biggest selling vegetarian cookery author.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grown Ups 23 Jun 2009
I believe that in life there are several "coming of age" incidents that we stumble upon. Puberty is the first, but as we grow older, these moments become more subtle but not unrecognisable. And yes there will always be a trigger to begin this process. SUKHAM AYU is one such catalyst.

The book graduated me into the school of good cooking. I can now make food that reminds me of the Pondicherry Ashram, food that lifts my mood, that makes my friends want to come over for dinner. I feel this glow of achievement every time I make some Gujarati Dal or some fabulous Spiced Tea from the book.

But it's not only a sense of achievement, it is also a sense of empowerment. The organised structure of the book makes me realise that the mystical qualities of my mother's cooking was really all in the tempering. And I'm happy to say, that after years of not talking to each other, me and my pressure cooker are fast friends. ha ha!

I suppose I must mention the beauty of the book, the sheer aesthetic joy of looking through it, and all the work and dedication that has obviously gone into the making of this book...but to dwell on those factors would be a dis-service because it is so much more.

I hope that others will open themselves to this truly unique experience.

I'm 29. I'm not as good at my job as I thought I would be, I'm not as thin as I thought I would be...but damn - I can make a good Khichadi!

Sukham Ayu: Cooking at Home with Ayurvedic Insights
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sukham Ayu 29 July 2009
By Ammini Ramachandran - Published on Amazon.com
Sukham Ayu, the latest cookbook by award winning authors Jigyasa Giri and Pratibha Jain, is a celebration of ayurvedic way of eating. With easy to prepare flavorful recipes Sukham Ayu is one of the most accessible tools to learn about self-healing food. Filled with gorgeous photographs, fresh flavors, and practical advice, the book presents the reader with delicious recipes against a backdrop of the rhythms of nature and food as medicine.
From slow-simmered curries with layered flavors to quickly sautéed dishes, these delectable recipes explore the wide world of ayurvedic cuisine beginning with a platter of sweet dishes followed by healthy soopas, an incredible range of aromatic vegetable dishes, tastefully spiced dals, home style breads and rice dishes, irresistible snacks, colorful salads and chutneys to soothing juices and thirst- quenching drinks.

Much more than a wonderful cookbook, Sukham Ayu serves as a concise introduction to ayurveda: the book opens with a primer on the three doshas or constitutions. Readers will learn how to identify their ayurvedic type; detect imbalances; select foods, and, most importantly, put the power to heal in their own hands. The recipes demonstrate how to vary ayurvedic meals to nurture each of the ayurvedic types.

Sukham Ayu both inspires and empowers; awakening the senses and unlocking the alluring world of ayurvedic way of eating. It is a great addition to any cookbook collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sukham Ayu - Beautiful & Informative - Ideal for Gift 28 Aug 2009
By Navaratan Ramesh - Published on Amazon.com
A beautiful book, I enjoyed the information on Ayurveda which was presented in lucid and readable style. The soopa section (soups) have been a great success at home. Its design and content makes it an ideal gift, which is what I have been doing for some birthdays. Thanks for the lovely book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Healthy but tasty! 4 Oct 2009
By P. Natesan - Published on Amazon.com
Yet another excellent contribution from Jigyasa and Pratibha. This one teaches you a little bit about your body type according to ayurveda, and what foods to avoid, etc. It gives healthy yet tasty options accordingly. Of course, need I mention that this item is definitely worth giving as a gift? Definitely, a collector's item. The composition and presentation of text and pictures are admirable. The book also discusses well-rounded meal plans.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nourishing Yummy in the Tummy 7 July 2012
By TK - Published on Amazon.com
In an age where all recipes are available on the internet, the cookbooks that are most valuable are the ones that go beyond teaching us how to cook. They tell a story of a time or a place, inspire us to think about our food, and change the way we eat! Pritya's books do just that. Their first book Cooking at Home with Pedatha (Best Vegetarian Book in the World - Gourmand Winner) recreated the ambience of India in my childhood days. Pedatha reminded me of my grandmom who used to make hearty meals with lots of flavor and texture. With every dollop of ghee went a whopping amount of love.

Their second book Sukham Ayu makes you think about the food itself. Each ingredient has a purpose, and is carefully balanced to complement the other ingredients in a way that brings out the best in them. All the layers of flavor add up to more than the sum of their parts. The wisdom of what these ingredients do for us from an ayurvedic perspective makes a fascinating read. It's a great introduction to ayurveda, but to me, the book was more about treating my taste buds and seeing how flavors are married together than learning about their nutritional benefits (although their's undeniable value to this!). The recipes are contemporary, and ideal for when you have guests over. There are tons of soups, snacks, chutneys and veggie dishes, and some desserts.

Both books have simple, easy-to-follow recipes using common ingredients (there are also suggestions on variations and ingredient substitutions). You should be able to get all the spices used in these recipes in regular food stores (surely Indian food stores). There's a visual glossary of the ingredients to help you identify the ones you may not be familiar with. They need no advance preparation or special equipment, and are quick to make!

The design of the book is colorful and elegant, with lots of pictures to feast on! It makes you want to serve the food in the little silver, brass/copper and clay dishware you see in the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delivers what it claims 12 Jan 2011
By Vayuveg - Published on Amazon.com
Presented in uncomplicated fashion, easy to comprehend and practical for everyday usage, this is a must for everyone who wish to cook keeping in mind the ayurvedic insights. The books's subtitle "Cooking at Home with Ayurvedic insights" is so appropriate. It makes the tenets of Ayurveda easy to follow in your home with ingredients to be found in most Indian kitchens. Exotic ingredients are certainly not a prerequisite to great cooking! It is how we use the simple ingredients available in our kitchen wisely, that is imporant in day to day cooking. Sukham Ayu just tells us that! I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an insight into the vegetarian cooking and Ayurvedic principles to imbibe in their day to day life.
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