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Beet Raita

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Shen Calming

Beet Raita
Makes 3 cups
(From 3 Bowls)

¾ c plain low-fat yogurt
2 T chopped fresh dill
½ t honey
½ t fresh lime juice
1 medium to large beet (about ½ pound), cooked, peeled, and grated

1. Whisk together the yogurt, dill, honey, and lime juice in a medium bowl.
2. Add the grated beet. Mix thoroughly.
3. Refrigerate and serve cold.

(If you want a thicker raita, first drain the yogurt in a strainer lined with cheesecloth for 10 minutes.)

TCM Analysis
Yogurt: cool, sweet, sour; SP, ST, LU. Nourish yin, clear heat.
Dill: warm; LV, HT. Move qi, calm shen.
Honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI. Harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, nourish yin.
Lime: cool, sour; ST. Regenerate fluids, regulate qi.
Beet: sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LV, HT. Strengthen MJ, nourish LV blood, calm shen.

Overall, this recipe nourishes yin & blood, clears heat, and calms shen.  With beets as the main ingredient, it goes to the HT and would be particularly good for HT yin xu.

Lemon Cucumber Tofu Salad

Categories: Stomach Fire

Lemon Cucumber Tofu Salad (Serves 2-3)
(For Stomach Fire)
2 lemon cucumbers, quartered then sliced into ¼ inch thick slices (If you can’t find lemon cucumbers, you can substitute regular cucumbers.)
1 handful of fresh dill (about 2/3 cup loosely packed)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
8 ounces nigari extra firm tofu
¼ cup pine nuts
2-3 cups of mung beans, prepared


Toss the cucumbers, dill, olive oil, lemon juice and salt together in a medium bowl. Let this sit for at least 20 minutes, tossing gently once or twice. Cook the tofu with the salt in a skillet for a few minutes on medium heat until the tofu is browned. Spoon the cucumbers out of the lemon-olive oil mixture into a large salad bowl. Add half of the remaining dressing, the tofu, and half of the pine nuts then gently toss. Add the rest of the dressing to your taste, top with the remaining pine nuts. Serve over the prepared mung beans.

Analysis of Recipe:

Lemon Cucumber Clears heat, quenches thirst, promotes fluids
Dill Warming, acrid, slightly bitter, stimulates appetite
Olive Oil Cooling, sweet, moistens, anti-inflammatory
Lemon Juice Cold, very sour, expels heat, harmonizes stomach, regulates qi, quenches thirst, benefits the liver, regenerates body fluids
Salt Cooling, salty, anti-inflammatory, softens, harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens kidneys (in small amounts), fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies, and is used as a natural preservative
Tofu Neutral, sweet, expels heat, moistens, clears heat, lubricates dryness, promotes body fluids, detoxifies, strengthens Spleen and Stomach
Pine Nuts Neutral, sweet, moistens
Mung Beans Clears heat, detoxifies, quenches thirst, promotes urination, reduces swelling, aids edema in the lower limbs, counteracts toxins

Overall this recipe treats stomach fire with the cooling foods, and cold nature of the dish. It also moistens and generates fluids. The tofu and mung beans are each going to clear heat and moisten. The tofu is going to strengthen the spleen and stomach and the lemon juice is cold which is going to greatly expel heat while harmonizing the stomach.