Red and ginger broiled grapefruit

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imageHatjoe, hatjoe and hatjoe! Everywhere I come these days people are coughing and sneezing. And according to Ayurveda that isn’t strange, as with spring we enter the watery part of the Kapha season. Kapha is all about cocooning. Long and lazy evenings spent in front of the fire, cuddled up with a blanket, a book and one too many bowls of bread and butter pudding are taking their toll at the end of winter season. And as the icy cold winter is slowly making way for warmer weather the build up of heavy qualities in our bodies are also starting to melt. A few winter months of being a lazy couch potato and eating heavier foods may have created ama (toxins) in your body that your body wants to “sping clean” as it enters the new season. Which it most often does through a cold or the flu.

So looking at it from that perspective flu’s are to be celebrated! Yeah, sure. Go tell your boss, right? But Ayurveda knows of plenty of ways to alleviate flu symptoms and quickly help you back to health and happines.

imageThe number one spice to use in flu season is of course ginger. Its heating and cleansing qualities burn of the ama in your body and relight your digestive fire to a healthy glow. Then bitter tastes from for example grapefruit are also important because they scrape ama from the channels in your body. Although in general when suffering from a cold it is best to give sugar and other sweet tasting foods, such as dairy, a rest. Suprisingly enough raw honey and palm or coconut blossom sugar are considered good flu remedies. Honey again because of its scraping qualities. And coconut blossom sugar or jaggery is known as a respiratory tract cleanser and helps to alleviate dry coughs. Finally any fruit from the citrus family is good because the high vitamin C content boosts your immune system.

imageSo this recipe for broiled grapefruits ticks all the right boxes. Plus looks like a little burst of sunshine on your breakfast table. If you have a cold with a lot of mucus you can choose not to heat the grapefruit, but to serve it halved drizzled with honey instead of the sugar. As the sugar can create more mucus. But if you are a Vata constitution you most likely will suffer from a dry cough. In which case this remedy will work wonders for you and have you dancing like (F)red and Ginger in no time.

Broiled grapefruit

For 1

  • 1 medium red grapefruit cut in half
  • about 1/4 tablespoon thinly sliced peeled fresh ginger in match sticks
  • 2 teaspoons coconut blossom sugar (or honey)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coffee balancing spices
  • a sprig of basil leaves and some pumpkin seeds for garnish

Preheat the oven to oven and grill setting on 200 degrees C. Line a small oven tray with parchment paper. If necessary slice a very thin bit off the bottom of each of the grapefruits halves so they can stand steady and don’t tilt in the oven.

With a sharp small knife cut away segments from the grapefruit so they will be easier to scoop out later. But do leave the grapefruit segments in the fruit. Place the grapefruit halves on the oven tray and sprinkle with the sugar, coffee balancing spices and ginger. Place in the top half of your oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Check after 5 minutes to make sure the sugar is not burning. This depends on how hot your oven gets. If it is lower the heat a bit or put the tray a bit lower in the oven.

Serve in bowls with a garnish of basil leaves and pumpkin seeds.

Note: Do not heat the honey, as Ayurveda says that this makes it toxid. You can broil the fruit without the topping and sprinkle over the spices, ginger and honey after baking. Or serve the fruit at room temperature.

Nederlands recept

Gegrillde grapefruit

Voor 1 persoon

  • 1 medium rode grapefruit door de helft gesneden
  • ongeveer 1/4 eetlepel heel dun gesneden verse gember
  • 2 theelepels kokosbloesemsuiker (of honing)
  • 1/2 theelepel koffie balancerende specerijen
  • wat basilicumblaadjes en pompoenpitten ter garnering

Verwarm je en grill voor op 200 graden C. Bekleed een kleine bakplaat met bakpapier. Snij zo nodig een heel dun schijfje van de onderkant van elke grapefruithelft zodat het fruit stevig staat en niet kantelt wanneer het de oven in gaat.

Snij met een scherp mesje de partjes grapefruit een beetje los zodat ze later makkelijker op te scheppen zijn. Plaats de grapefruit op de ovenplaat en besprenkel met suiker, gember en koffie balancerende specerijen. Zet de plaat in de bovenste helft van je oven en bak 8 tot 10 minuten. Check na 5 minuten of de suiker niet te veel aanbrandt. Dit hangt van jouw oven af. Mocht het te hard gaan draai de temperatuur wat lager of zet de ovenplaat iets lager in de oven.

Serveer in kommetjes met een garnering van basilicumblaadjes en pompoenpitten.

Let op!: Verhit de honing niet als je die gebruikt. Volgens Ayurveda maakt dat de honing namelijk giftig. Bak in dat geval de grapefruit zonder topping en besprenkel na het bakken met de gember, specerijen en honing. Of serveer het fruit op kamertemperatuur.

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