Cooking Taoshobuddha Way
Herbs and Spices
All great recipes begin with pure and hygienic spices that are rich in flavor andtaste. My effort has been in search for the best and nutritious ingredients in orderto create quality Indian Cuisines. The pursuit for premium taste was achievedonly by using the purest and finest spices and herbs and blends through
blend of spices in various combinations.There are six basic emotions or inner functioning often referred to as demonicvices when these are not purified. These are kaama (sex - desire), krodha(anger), lobha (greed), moha (passion or attachment), mada (ego) and matsarya(jealousy). You may wonder what the relation between these emotions and spicesis. Certainly there is subtle relation between the two. Each of these emotionsaggravates a particular physical and psychological condition. These manifest atthe body-mind level as disease of a simple or complex type. When theseemotions are sanctified then the fragrance of the being manifests as awareness,bliss and harmony. And each spice or the herb acts as the antidote for one or agroup of these emotions. Therefore Herbs and spices form an importantingredient of our daily life. Each herb and spice has certain medicinal qualities aswell. Therefore from early part of human civilization herbs and spices have beengrown, harvested, traded and consumed both as medicine and as part of culinarydelights. Such has been the understanding of the ancient sages and the masters.Out of this awareness emerged the special blend of combining these spices andherbs as integral part of day to day life and living.The earliest mention of these herbs and spices we trace in Hindu scriptures likeRamayana, and Vedas.
is entirely dedicated to the sacredknowledge of these herbs and spices. Still one can find traces in
. These are replete with description and thecurative properties of these herbs and spices. Some of those mentioned in these