A Couple Of My Favorite Holiday Recipes

Ayurvedic Cooking recipes - food concept with rosemary herb and salt-pepper spice



This super easy and absolutely scrumptious gravy recipe is one of the all-
time favorites of my friends, family and clients! Serve over anything that you’d
traditionally pour gravy on top of: mashed potatoes, shepherd’s pie, biscuits,
dressing, and other traditional holiday delights. It’s fantastic served over mashed rutabaga!

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp of chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp hing (asafoetida)
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 1/4 cup Tamari
  • 3 Tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 3 Tbsp cold water

Combine water, rosemary, nutritional yeast, ghee, and tamari into a pot
and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes. Take off heat.
Mix together arrowroot and cold water. Stir together until a thick milky
consistency. Pour slowly into the mixture after it is taken off the heat source
and stir immediately.


  • Add or replace rosemary with sage, thyme, and/or oregano.
  • If you do not have arrowroot powder, cornstarch can be used.

*Note: Not all nutritional yeast is made equally. My favorite brand
is Red Star or Bob’s Red Mill. If it doesn’t make your food taste good, try
another brand.


Adapted and inspired by Jhankhna Varma.

Makes 3 mugs

  • ~1⁄2 – 1 stalk of fresh lemongrass (about 1-2 tsp chopped)
  • 2 black tea or decaf black tea bags
  • 2 peppermint tea bags (or a small handful of freshly chopped mint
  • leaves)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups oat milk (or milk of choice)
  • ~4 spoonfuls of sugar (or sweetener of choice) to liking

Cut string and tag from tea bags if they are present. Combine lemongrass,
black tea bags, peppermint tea bags, and water together. If using fresh mint,
keep aside (do not add to the water at this time). Bring to a boil and cook
on medium heat for 3 minutes. Add oat milk. Cook until the mixture is
just about to reach a boil. Turn off heat. If using fresh mint, add now. Strain
Through a fine metal strainer. Add sugar, sucanat or honey to your liking.

This is a great chai for the summer months, for people with pitta
Constitutions, and during the holidays for a peppermint flare!

You can find more recipes, and delicious food wisdom in my book Mind Body Food, which can be purchased here.

Madison Madden

Madison Madden

Madison is recognized as an Ayurvedic Doctor (A.D.) by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). She is also a Trained Birth Doula, Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Movement Specialist and Climate Reality Leader.

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