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Following on from my last post on Ayurvedic tips for staying healthy in winter, here are three easy, warming recipes that will help you keep the cold and damp at bay. Thanks to Ayurvedic Yogi for these!

Winter Recipes to warm (all recipes serve 4)
Digestive Herbal Wine:

1 bottle organic red wine/ non-alcoholic wine; 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ginger, fennel; ½ teaspoon of cumin, coriander, nutmeg, black pepper. Heat wine to just under boiling, then remove from heat and add herbs. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain herbs (through a cloth if powdered herbs were used) and serve a glass warm with dinner.

butternut squash soup

Carrot and ginger soup:

2/3 medium carrots per person; 1 large onion; 2 potatoes; large bunch coriander; black pepper to taste; 1/2 pint of vegetable stock per person (Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon brand is good); inch of ginger chopped. Lightly sweat onion in ghee, adding vegetables (finely chopped) and ginger. Fry for a few minutes then add black pepper and half of coriander. Cover with stock and simmer till vegetables are soft. Liquidise to a puree in blender, the return to pan, adding more stock if too thick. Add rest of coriander (finely chopped) and serve. For a more substantial meal, cook red lentils separately in stock and add to the finished soup before serving.

Warming Winter Chai:

Boil 4 cups of water with 4 cloves, 2 pinches of ground nutmeg/ cinnamon/ cardamom, ½ inch piece of fresh ginger for 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon rooboish/ black tea and simmer for 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of milk/ dairy substitute and heat until hot. Add 2 teaspoons of sweetener of choice and serve. NB: Honey is best at room temperature as ferments in hot drinks and baking, creating toxins, blocking the body’s channels.