Show your reproductive organs some love this month by indulging in some hot steamy vajikaranas!
“Vaji-what?!” No, they’re not some new kama sutra moves; Vajikaranas are the foods revered in Ayurveda for nourishing your reproductive organs, so that you can go all night long (and make some healthy beautiful babies when the time is right).
Vajikaranas, or foods that enhance shukra & artava dhatus (the male and female reproductive tissues respectively), are also great for the production of Ojas, the vital essence that keeps us young, healthy and hot! So not only will this delicious pudding below give you stamina in the sack, it’ll help you look even more radiant when the eco-friendly threads start coming off.
Vajikaranas are indicated with the asterisk*.
1/4 cup Raw Almonds*, soaked and skins removed
1 1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup White Basmati Rice*, rinsed
1 1/2 cup Organic Full Fat Milk* (or coconut milk for a vegan option)
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cardamom
Dash of Cinnamon and/or 3 Threads of Saffron
3 tablespoons Coconut Sugar
2 Medjool Dates*, pitted and chopped into tiny pieces
Garnish : Fresh Nutmeg & Toasted Shredded Coconut
In a blender combine almonds and water until smooth. In a saucepan combine Almond Water, Rice, Milk, Cardamom, Cinnamon/Saffron, Coconut Sugar, and Dates. Bring to boil then simmer, stirring often, partially covered, until rice is soft and pudding is thick. Serve in bowls (or one to share) and garnish with toasted coconut and fresh grated nutmeg.
Note: For those with weak digestion, add 1/4 teaspoon Dry Ginger powder at the start to be sure this dish nourishes as it’s meant to.
Kate Lumsden spreads her love for yoga and ayurveda all over the San Francisco Bay Area through her recipe blog, group cleanses, yoga classes and wellness coaching practice. Catch her on Facebook or Twitter where she’s often writing about her love of all things Ayurveda, or learn to make Kitchari, the Ayurvedic Cleansing Dish, with Kate here on youtube.