A great way to step into the new year is by practicing the principle of Saucha — the first of Patanjali’s niyamas.
Saucha, meaning cleanliness, reminds us to live a healthy live and keep the body and mind pure.
Diet is an important part of that.
So, try my Saucha Pancakes recipe.
It is a beautiful sattvic dish that will help you cultivate a peaceful and harmonious energy.
Saucha in Sanskrit literally means purity.
Since the most important way of transforming our body is through diet — we are what we eat and digest —, we should have foods full of Prana and vitality, and eat as organically as possible.
That’s why it’s important to avoid preservatives, additives, and pesticides.
Cooking for ourselves is also a powerful strategy to control what goes into our bodies. A great way to keep them pure and clean for the soul to reside in.
The subtle essence of foods can also affect the balance of the mind. If we eat sattvic foods (Saucha), we can foster peace, contentment, and enthusiasm for life. However, eating Rajasic or Tamasic foods will result in mental over stimulation, dullness, and inertia.
If you need guidance on how to improve your personal hygiene with Ayurveda and have restorative morning routines, watch my video. These actions, repeated every morning, can help purify your thoughts and cleanse your body.
This is a wonderful sattvic recipe that promotes purity. Yet, it nourishes and sustains the body.
Although the pancakes are savory, you can still have them for breakfast or as a complement to your lunch and dinner with a side of gently cooked vegetables.
One of the main ingredients is sweet potato, which is sattvic in nature and tridoshic. They are grounding, nutritive, and a spleen tonic. Sweet potatoes are also one of my favorite foods to suggest to my clients or eat myself when I want to increase Ojas.
- 2 cups Organic wheat flour
- 1 cup Sweet potato, chopped in 1-inch sized pieces
- 2 tbsp Ghee, melted
- 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
- 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
- 2 cups Fennel tea
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
- In a frying pan, on high heat, add the water. When it boils, add the sweet potato, reduce the heat to low, and cover. Let it cook for 7-9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, mash the sweet potato and set aside.
- Now, mix the flour, spices, and salt well.
- Add 1 tbsp ghee, the mashed sweet potato, and the tea, and stir until it becomes a thick batter. Add more or less tea if necessary.
- Heat a frying pan to medium heat and add 1 tablespoon ghee.
- With a large spoon, pour the batter into the pan.
- Flip the pancakes when they start to bubble, adding a small amount of ghee as needed, and cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side.