Sattvic diet is popularly known as the diet of yogis because it’s in harmony with the environment and towards the wellbeing of the human body. When we talk about the sattvic diet, we refer to a purely vegetarian diet targeted at our consciousness (sattva). These include whole grains, pulses, fresh vegetables, sprouts, honey, fresh herbs, dairy products that do not include animal rennet, etc.
It is believed from old Hindu scripts that an individual’s personality is influenced to a certain degree by the kind of food one consumes. A sattvic diet is associated with a person who is generally calm and peaceful at the same time, highly energetic and having a balanced personality. This same sattvic food is called tamasic if it is over-processed or if it is deep-fried in oil. A tamasic diet is associated with a person who is lethargic, slow, and not balanced. There is also the Rajasic diet which keeps the body too active. However, this can cause restlessness and sometimes insomnia.
Let’s learn the recipe of healthy chana Pindi which is one of the famous sattvic foods to understand this diet in more detail.
The Sattvic Chana Pindi:
Kabuli Chana (Chickpeas) – 250 gms.
Tea leaves powder, 6 Cloves, 4 Cinnamons, and 5 Cardamoms
3 Bay leaves, Ginger (small cut)
3 Chilies, Turmeric powder, dry mango powder, Fenugreek powder
2 teaspoons Carom seeds (Ajwain) and 5 small pieces of Garlic
A pinch of White Salt and Black pepper powder
1 teaspoon Red chili powder, Cumin powder, and Cilantro to garnish
Oil and 1 teaspoon of Dry Pomegranate seeds
How To Make:
Soak the chickpeas in water overnight. Place the Tea leaves powder, Cloves, Cinnamons, Cardamoms, and Bay leaves in a pan and add the soaked chickpeas along with water and salt. Heat this for about 30 minutes. Once the chickpeas are boiled properly, add Turmeric powder, Coriander powder, Cumin powder, red chili powder, dry pomegranate powder, Fenugreek powder to the pan.
Take another pan, add 2 tablespoons of oil, and add Carom seeds (Ajwain), Ginger, Garlic, and Green chilies. Now add the chickpeas to the pan, and if required, then add a bit of water. Now add the black pepper powder and salt required and stir the mixture properly. Cook this in slow flame and serve by sprinkling some Cilantro as garnish.
In a Sattvic diet, you consume food that is designed to cultivate a higher mindset and contentment. The energy in any food depends on how it is grown, its freshness, and on how it is relished. When you begin eating sattvic foods, it is essential to pause for short breaths, chew properly, and enjoy every flavor. This diet requires a lot of dedication and patience, and hence, it is essential to practice yoga and meditation to prepare your mind and body for the changes it is about to adopt.