Charmaine D’Souza is a consultant nutritionist with more than twenty years of experience in assisting clients who are interested in improving their health through better nutrition and natural care. Her vast and diverse network of clients includes celebrities and industrialists, all bound by the common cause of good health, the natural way.
Her debut title Kitchen Clinic, is a comprehensive and holistic approach to herbal healing that can be done in the comfort of your home. Hear her talk about teej and battling the sumptuous feast that comes along with it.
Teej is a festival celebrated by women in Punjab, Haryana, U.P, Bihar and Rajasthan during the monsoons. This festival celebrates the love between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Usually there is a very colourful Teej parade on the streets of these states in the first week of August. Women celebrate this festival with fasts for the well-being of their husbands and children.As with any other festival celebrated in India, women will dress up in their finest traditional clothing in varied hues and there will be singing and dancing in the streets. It is a given that the rigid fasts will end with sumptuous feasts of ghee-laden food.
The honey-comb like ghevar made from flour, sugar, ghee and nuts, Paanchmel dal with ghee-laden baati made into a sweet choorma laddoo, deep fried Malpuas sweetened in a saffron-infused sugar syrup and the traditional favourite sweet porridge – like rice kheer served with puris are just some of the yummy foods prepared by the women celebrating this festival as offerings for the gods, to be later consumed when they break their fast.
Women who are on a naturopathic health plan with me, often ask for something that they can take after this feasting, to undo at least part of the damage done. This is the spice blend I ask them to have immediately after their meals for a minimum of 4 days…2 parts of powdered flax seeds blended with 1 part of cinnamon powder, 1 part of cardamom powder, 3 parts of dried mint powder and 4 parts of cumin seed powder. Take 2 teaspoons of this spice mix immediately after breakfast, lunch and dinner. Be sure to flush out toxins with an additional liter of water ( preferably warm) with the juice of 1 lemon and 10 mint leaves. So happy fasting, feasting and cleansing and rejuvenating !!