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Spicy Green Lassi (borhani)

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How to Make Spicy Green Lassi (Borhani)

SERVINGS: 1
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY

MEAL: DRINK
STYLE: INDIAN
PREPARATION: RAW, SMOOTHIE
FOR OCCASION: CLEANSE

INGREDIENTS


SKILL LEVEL: EASY
1 tsp
3/4 tsp
1/2 c
1/2 c
2 pinch
2 pinch
1 pinch
1 pinch
1 pinch

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Mix all the ingredients together and blend.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

The many cooling and heating spices ignite the appetite despite heavy yogurt! As a lassi, can be drying and constipating. As a shake, too filling to stimulate agni.

WHAT IS SPICY GREEN LASSI (BORHANI)?

Fresh minty green chili and cilantro yogurts take me back to supple jackfruits hanging from the tropical arms of Bangladesh. I can almost feel the humidity and mosquitoes as I eat green mangoes with mustard and lime on my way to a wedding. Borhanis are a traditional wedding drink in Bengal.

AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

Is Spicy Green Lassi (Borhani) Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Spicy Green Lassi (Borhani)' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
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INCREASES
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Spicy Green Lassi (Borhani)
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Carminative

CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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Appetizer

APPETIZER

Herbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Stimulates Front Of Brain

STIMULATES-FRONT-OF-BRAIN

Creates a feeling of awareness or tension in the area in the forehead. Activates the frontal lobe - the area responsible for motor function, emotional expression, thinking, and decision making.

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Stimulates Crown

STIMULATES-CROWN

Creates a feeling of awareness or tension in the area at the top of the head.

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Dopaminergic

DOPAMINERGIC

Dopamine lifts mood, but also reduces prolactin, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and lutenizing hormone (LH).

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Refreshing

REFRESHING

Stimulates and wakes up the body, leaving it feeling cool, fresh, and energized.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Refreshes Skin

REFRESHES-SKIN

Flushes the lymphatic system to cool, awaken, and revive the skin.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Warms Chest

WARMS-CHEST

Warms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing. Often these herbs are hot, aromatic, and pungent.

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Decongestant

DECONGESTANT

An herb that reduces mucus production often by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.

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Anthelminthic

ANTHELMINTHIC

Kills parasitic worms (hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms, etc).

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Immune Calming

IMMUNE-CALMING

Herbs that interrupt an allergic reaction or calm the immune system, useful in allergies and autoimmune conditions.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Vasodilator

VASODILATOR

A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Hypolipidemic

HYPOLIPIDEMIC

Scrapes fats / cleanses blood vessels by 1) purging bile, 2) strengthening the liver's ability to metabolize fats, 3) by increasing uptake of cholesterol in the liver, and 4) by inhibiting fat cells.

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Antispasmodic

ANTISPASMODIC

Herbs that reduce or inhibit muscle spasms or cramping, such as in asthma, menstruation, hear palpitations, migraine, or IBS.

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Constituents:
Coumarin

COUMARIN

Moderately toxic, vascular tonic, hypotensive, and anti-inflammatory.

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Rosmarinic Acid

ROSMARINIC-ACID

Inhibits autoantibodies from binding to TSH receptors in the thyroid.

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Iron

IRON

Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells.

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Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Spicy Green Lassi (Borhani)

Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic

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Mint

Mint has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-crown, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Dopaminergic, Refreshes-skin, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Immune-calming

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Burns-toxins

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Ajwain

Ajwain has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up, Anthelminthic, Cardiac-stimulant, Hypolipidemic, Stimulates-energy

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Ginger (Fresh)

Ginger (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Hypolipidemic, Stimulates-energy, Appetizer, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Refreshing, Wakes-you-up

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Basil

Basil has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Appetizer, Carminative, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Immune-calming

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Allspice

Allspice has these Actions in Common

Decongestant, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Carminative, Stimulates-energy, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins

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Rosemary

Rosemary has these Actions in Common

Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Decongestant, Internal-detoxicant, Warms-chest, Burns-toxins, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Anthelminthic, Cardiac-stimulant, Immune-calming

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Turmeric

Turmeric has these Actions in Common

Anthelminthic, Carminative, Immune-calming, Warms-chest, Antispasmodic, Flushes-sinuses, Internal-detoxicant, Alterative, Burns-toxins, Hypolipidemic, Vasodilator

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Coriander Seed

Coriander Seed has these Actions in Common

Anthelminthic, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Antispasmodic, Carminative, Immune-calming, Alterative, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Spicy Green Lassi (Borhani)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Diuretic, Vasodilator, Hypolipidemic, Warms-chest, Immune-calming, Antispasmodic, Internal-detoxicant, Appetizer, Refreshing, Burns-toxins, Stimulates-crown, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Stimulates-energy

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Immune-calming, Internal-detoxicant, Antispasmodic, Stimulates-energy, Appetizer, Vasodilator, Burns-toxins, Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Cardiac-stimulant, Wakes-you-up, Carminative, Warms-chest, Decongestant, Diuretic, Immune-calming

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Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz

Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Immune-calming, Internal-detoxicant, Anthelminthic, Stimulates-energy

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Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Antispasmodic, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Internal-detoxicant, Refreshing, Stimulates-crown

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Stimulates-crown, Stimulates-energy, Alterative, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Antispasmodic, Wakes-you-up, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Internal-detoxicant

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Vasodilator, Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain

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Trikatu

Trikatu has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Appetizer, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Decongestant

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Sniff raw onions, chopped

Sniff raw onions, chopped has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-front-of-brain, Vasodilator, Wakes-you-up, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Immune-calming, Refreshing

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Shilajit Tonic

Shilajit Tonic has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Alterative, Cardiac-stimulant, Diuretic, Hypolipidemic, Internal-detoxicant, Refreshing

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Epsom Salt Bath

Epsom Salt Bath has these Actions in Common

Antispasmodic, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Warms-chest

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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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