This is one of the first recipes Yogi Bhajan gave us. This dish is cleansing to the liver and the digestive tract. To help your body do its own inner cleaning, eat it as a mono diet for one week in the Spring or Fall.
Three potent roots, known as the Trinity Roots, are essential for cleansing, sustaining, and producing energy in the body. The beneficial effect of each of them separately is amplified when they are cooked together.
“The three roots—garlic, onion, and ginger—will maintain you through the times and through the age.” ~Yogi Bhajan
This dish is for problems with flu, sinus, and bronchial congestion. It also just happens to be absolutely delicious. Serve it with Saffron Rice with Almonds and Garlic (page 188), Lemon Rice (page 186), or plain steamed basmati rice.
Yogiji taught to take five almonds (no more) and soak them over night. In the morning, one should peel them and grind them into a paste, then place the paste on the tongue and being careful not to swallow. For about 30-45 minutes, keep the paste on the tongue, allowing the saliva to change the ‘potency’ of the almonds and create a type of homeopathic medicine.
Eat at least three cloves of raw garlic for breakfast, again for lunch, and again for dinner for three days.
Don’t be surprised if your sweat, tongue, armpits, skin, and breath smell of garlic; this is natural and the garlic is actually pushing toxins out through all of your eliminating systems. You will feel cleaned out and detoxified from this powerful fast.
Sarsaparilla is a great blood purifier. It is said to be helpful in cases of rheumatism, skin disorders, sexual impotence, general weakness, and to detoxify the body after taking a strong poison. (Do not attempt to use as an antidote.) It is also used as a natural stimulant of the male and female sex hormones.
At a past Thursday Langar a delicious salad dressing was served. A lot of people kept asking for the recipe so here it is for all of you to enjoy! .
Like most dressings, the flavor gets better over time, so I recommend chilling it in the fridge for an hour or two before serving.
During the month of May, it’s a great idea to put a handful of cloves in a Chinese soup bowl or other porcelain or ceramic bowl with water, and soak overnight. The next morning, take three to four spoonfuls of the clove water before breakfast (on an empty stomach), no more than five. Do this first thing in the morning when you brush your teeth.
This tea can be made in a large quantity ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Benefits: Jaalaa Jeeraa can be used by anybody, male or female, who has fat on their body. If you take 2-3 glasses a day, fatty tissues will be dissolved, and it will help prevent fat depositing in your body.