BODY BALANCE: The three doshas through moongh dhall

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 5, 2014

Having heard and read what some of my colleagues had experienced at Soft Touch Wellbeing Health and Detox Centre, it was only a matter of time before I too took the opportunity to find out what they were all raving about.

Upon arrival, I was warmly greeted by Soft Touch’s owner, Usha, who then proceeded to offer me a cup of soup before explaining that what I was about to put into my mouth, was no ordinary cuppa. It contained a combo of bean sprouts along with beans called moongh dhall, an extremely popular type of bean used throughout Asia and a vital source of natural goodness.

She explained that the beans, once cooked, are high in fibre, protein and have low calories while the sprouts are high in Vitamin A, B, C, E and contain high levels of the essential minerals, calcium, iron and potassium. This powerful combo makes the beans ideal for reducing weight while aiding digestion, stabilising blood sugar and keeping the body balanced.

For better taste, Usha added a helping of paprika, chili powder for heat, cumin and Coriander to cool and additionally aid digestion, and turmeric for realising any inflammation and healing.

Whilst I tucked in, she described how moongh dhall is one of the few food types that balances the three Dosha which, according to the traditional medicine method of Ayurveda, makes up the energy types that govern the body i.e. vata, pitta and kapha.

Essentially vata is the energy that controls bodily functions such as breathing and blinking while pitta controls the metabolic system and kapha the growth of the body.

In other words, the moongh dhall conforms to vata by containing natural seed oils, such as Omega 3, which aid the nervous system; pitta which, by having the mentioned nutrients and with the added paprika, dispenses heat and detoxes the body and lastly kapha by having large quantities of iron and calcium.

Not only does the moongh dhall soup take only 30-45 minutes to prepare, but I found it to be quite tasty without showing any side effects even though the beans are meant to act as a detox “tool”. There certainly is something powerful in this delicious soup.

To experience Usha’s passion for alternative healing and enquire about these ingredients, visit Soft Touch Wellbeing and Detox Centre at 54/4th Avenue in Newton Park, Port Elizabeth or call 041 365 2762.