I have been out of control with sugar consumption, so I am starting a little cleanse tomorrow with 11 days of mung beans and rice with the hot sauce I made a couple of days ago, up to the 21st of June which is the Summer Solstice.
Last year I went to the European Yoga Festival in France – an extravaganza of Kundalini Yoga culminating in 3 days of White Tantra Meditations. I camped for 8 days and I have never felt better. None of the usual aches from sleeping on an air mattress, or what I might have expected from doing lots of yoga workshops. I am sure a lot had to do with the energy of the whole event, but also the specific diet that Yogi Bhajan put together to support us through the deep cleansing process that happens on all levels during the White Tantra Days.
Did I mention breakfast was potato soup and 2 bananas and 2 oranges? And the next meal was lunch/dinner at about 4pm? The best condiment is true hunger – along with summer solstice hot sauce.
I remember vividly everyone lined up in our rows calling out for the hot sauce to spice up the mung beans/rice (and beetroots, carrots, salad leaves). It was heavenly. I don’t know if it will be quite the same but here are all the recipes and here is the hot sauce recipe and my attempt at it.
The hot sauce really powers up the agni or digestive fire/metabolism, which also helps us to digest whatever is happening in our lives.
Ingredients: Buy organic – you are so worth it and so is the planet!
3 large onions, chopped
¼ cup dried crushed red chiles
230 mls tamarind concentrate
460 mls hot water
1 ½ cups sesame oil
1 tablespoon turmeric
10 whole small dried red chiles (I didn’t add these as I am pitta so figured the crushed chiles was enough – bit scared of those as it is!)
2 cups apple cider vinegar
Put the onions in a large bowl. Sprinkle with the crushed chilés. Melt tamarind concentrate in hot water. Add sesame oil and diluted tamarind to onions. Sprinkle with the turmeric. Add the whole chiles and vinegar. Stir and cover. Let sit overnight or several days for the fullest flavor. Store in the refrigerator. The sauce will keep a long time and get better and better. Yields 2 quarts.
Let me know how it goes!