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Grace and Beauty

Ayurveda provides us with the tools to achieve a sublime life. Yes! a sublime life!

And what makes Ayurveda teachings the ultimate holistic knowledge is that it teaches us how to achieve this perfection through even the most mundane activities. We do this through the performance of sadhanas.

The Sanskrit word is often translated as daily discipline or practice and although this is an accurate translation to say it is only self discipline and daily practice does lose the  beautiful essence of what it is to complete our duties with our total surrender and enjoyment to the task in hand.

This might seem unlikely when having to peel a whole bag of potatoes because guests are expecting an awesome sag aloo! But, our capacity to yield the heart and mind completely to the task at hand is the essence of grace and beauty. It is a way to flow with time so that we are always in the present, which is the comprehensive experience of dynamic balance.

Nature evolves through routine and regularity, for example, the inexorable growth from seed to sapling to tree to fruit. However, what makes the human condition so different from the rest of the natural world, is our capacity to choose what we do and this act of will is what makes the difference between slavish routine and sadhana.

Sadhana is any activity performed with a spiritual mind. It is the act of giving full and focused attention to what you are doing in the moment you are doing it. In the deepest sense, it is an act of devotion. By the attention and intention of a sadhana, we elevate even the most trivial task to sublime status and in doing so, invite the highest support for our action.

Ayurveda explains that whatever we put our attention on, that thing will grow. This is because attention is energy, and energy has force.The more focused attention we give to a thought or activity, the more powerful that thought or action becomes and the greater the sphere of influence of its effect.

So, when we understand that performing sadhana, and performing every action as a sadhana is the secret to attaining highest pleasure, then every action becomes an opportunity to achieve absolute beauty, and the ‘discipline’ itself becomes a sublime labour of love.

Beaut Kitchari recipe

Classic Ayurvedic detox recipe. Very nourishing yet cleansing too!

A good addition to your diet to help cleanse and add extra protein to your body before the party season takes to full flight!

Kitchari Recipe.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Basmati Rice
1 cup Mung Dal (split yellow)
6 cups (approx.) Water
1/2 to 1 inch Ginger Root, chopped or grated
a bit of Mineral Salt (1/4 tsp. or so)
2 tsp. Ghee
1/2 tsp. Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp. Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp. Whole Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp. Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder
1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing)
Handful Fresh coriander Leaves
Wash rice and dal separately in at least 2 changes of water. Add the 6 cups of water to the rice and dal and cook covered until it becomes soft, about 20 minutes.

 

In a separate saucepan, sauté the seeds in the ghee until they pop. Then add the other spices. Stir together to release the flavors. Stir the sautéed spices into the cooked dal, rice, and any vegetable you wish to add. A pinch of rock salt and chopped fresh coriander and serve.

Nutritious and surprisingly simply delicious!

 

Geoffrey! Clive! What is Ceylon Tearooms?

Well. We are playful, a little theatrical and devilishly creative in our marrying of flavours, ingredients and presentation in all things Chutney and Tea. But, by Jove we are serious in producing the finest quality products. Our understanding of the benefits of nutritous whole food ingredients on health and well being underpins our work in the kitchen.

Our  chutneys and  fruit conserves contain NO artificial preservatives,colours or flavourings. ALL are made from completely natural ingredients and NO GM(genetically modified) thickeners or modified starch/ cornflour are used. Many chutneys, pickles and sauces in supermarkets today contain modified ingredients.

All our Products are handmade in small batches with an absolute attention to detail.
 
Ceylon Tearooms believes in the underlying principles of Ayurveda( an ancient holistic healthcare system originating in India) This means that not  only are the products delicious the ingredients are particularly picked for their contribution to the essential six tastes important to incorporate into each main meal, when this is achieved, we are left feeling satisfied after eating and therefore have  less temptation to snack or graze.
Our Teahouse holds a good selection of best quality  teas such as Ceylon Orange Pekoe, Earl Greys and Assams and the herbs and spices blended in our herbal teas are of an  exceptional standard.  All are teas are blended from ingredients which are ethically sourced and many are organic.
 
The  ingredients in our chutneys and fruit conserves are exotic and we whenever possible, choose fair trade products.
 
Ceylon Tearooms embodies the passion of fine cuisine and our diligence in producing gourmet quality products using only natural whole food ingredients are second to none.
Ceylon Tearooms has a  playful, quirky nod to the Colonial past in branding and presentation of  our products and blends a serious attitude to producing great food and information on healthy eating with  a creative theatrical sense of humour!
Ceylon Tearooms.

 

relations between Time and Doshas

Once back in ‘Old Blighty’  resting in a typical English garden most weary from our travels,we noticed the changing shade and sun spots thrown on to different areas of the lawns and borders. This reminded our happy fellows at Ceylon Tearooms of the particular times of the day when the sun travels across the bright sky and where the different doshas are dominant at those particular times.

Morning 6am-10am Kapha. It is best not to eat Kapha inducing foods during this period. For example, sweet pastries for breakfast as this keeps the senses dull and lethargic when instead the mind and body should be receiving a  kick start for the day ahead.

Mid-day 10am-2pm Pitta. This is  when we should eat our biggest and most satisfying meal. Ayurveda says to eat fully at a time when the sun sits on top of your head. Your digestive fire (agni) is working at its most efficient during these times and so it is best to stop for lunch and make it your most important meal of the day.

Afternoon 2pm-6pm Vata.  This is a time, when Vata is under control, one should be at one’s most creative and imaginative. Nervous energy is hop, skip and jumping those powerful synapses in the brain  so use this time to get those thinking caps on.

Evening 6pm-10pm Kapha. Winding down time. If we have a cold or feel unwell it is usually in the evening when we feel worse. Sluggish Kapha qualities are taking hold and lung , cough and cold complaints need to be appeased. Try ginger and lemon tea to help cut through congestion especially during these times.

Mid-night 10pm-2am Pitta .When fellows are out and about , we can feel like we have our ‘second wind’ . However, it is always advisable in Ayurveda to be at home in bed at some point during theses times.  Sturdy Kaphas can go to bed the latest , Frail Vatas need rest and recuperation from the day more and so should go to bed the earliest of the three types.

Early Morning 2am-6am Vata. This is a time period when if we are feeling anxious or have worries insomnia can strike. When Vata is out of balance the great nervous energy associated with Vata can twist and gnarly  manifest itself into unhelpful feelings of fearfulness.

MORNING AGAIN!!

chef in contemplation…

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Whilst in the staff Kitchen, chef recalls the wise words of the Vaidya she accompanied as they crossed the Rama Bridge between Old Ceylon and the Magnificent islands of Mannar. Never forget, he said , the importance of the six essential tastes. These  should be eaten at every meal for us to feel satisfied and harmonious. Why? he continued, to ensure that all major food groups and nutrients are represented.

Chef transcribed the following Vaidya’s wisdom  into a travel- weary battered leather notebook….

The brain sends the body signals when it requires energy in the form of food. By incorporating all 6 Tastes into each meal, we ensure that these signals are adequately met, thus avoiding food cravings or the over-consumption of certain foods..

In Ayurveda, all types of foods have been analyzed for their affect on the balance on our doshas. It is thought that the way a food influences our doshas is largely a matter of its taste. Ayurveda categorizes tastes into the following six types:

Sweet: (sugar, milk, rice, wheat, dates, licorice)

Sour: (lemons, sour cream, yoghurt, vinegar, cheese)

Salty: ( sea salt, rock salt , kelp)

Pungent: (chili pepper, black pepper, onion, garlic)

Bitter: (rhubarb, fenugreek, coffee)

Astringent: (unripe banana, pomegranate, chickpeas)

  • Astringent  balances salt intake.
  • Bitter purifies the body, good for skin tone.
  • Pungent (fire and air) clears sinuses, improves circulation, offers mental clarity.
  • Salty aids digestion, maintains electrolytes.
  • Sour nourishes, energizes, and good for digestion.
  • Sweet strengthens, nourishes, promotes longevity.

welcome chutney lovers!

Here at Ceylontearooms.com we wish to lead you to an indulgence into all things sticky, hot and sweetly spiced…

We adore sticky thick sweet chutneys, hot-sour pickles and sugary spiced confitures.

Join us for a promenade through the palatial palm courts of yesteryear’s Raj.

Taste the sweet and pungent spices in the air. Swoon at the dark gentlemen dressed in vintage shimmering silks and desire the exotic ladies as they pass beckoning… a pure delight to the senses!

Well, At the Ceylontearooms.com take a (ahem, virtual) seat, inhale the warm breeze and settle down to gently spiced teas and sweet fruit buns. Enjoy smoked pink trout or wild game terrine. Take a cheese platter or two with tangy pickles or savour crisp pancake dosas, succulent meat dishes and creamy coconut fish curries all of which will be more deliciously scrumptious accompanied by the most wonderful chutneys and condiments.

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