What is Sattvic food?
As per ancient Ayurvedic philosophy, food is categorised according to its character and effect on the body and mind. The categories are called the 3 Gunas, i.e Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic.
Sattvic is the purest form of food, followed by Rajasic which is slightly impure and finally Tamasic which is the most impure.
The basis of 'Sattva' is the concept of ahimsa (non-harming). Sattvic food avoids ingredients that involve killing or harming of animals.
Sattvic food also encourages produce grown harmoniously with nature, and that which is grown and ripened naturally.
What Am I Eating?
Difference between the 3 Gunas
Sattvic is derived from the word 'Sattva' which means "pure, vital, conscious, strong, true, honest, wise and clean". Sattvic food consists of freshly cooked produce that is light, tasty and nourishing for the body. Sattvic dishes mainly use non-pungent lacto-vegetarian ingredients that are fresh, seasonal and naturally sourced (unprocessed).
Rajasic is derived from the word 'Rajas' which means "passionate, active, aggressive and excitable". Rajasic food is fresh and nutritious, but very heavy in consistency, oil and masala. Rajasic dishes mainly consist of eggs, white meat, alcohol, hot spices and pungent vegetables like onion and garlic, etc.
Tamasic is derived from the word 'Tamas' which means "lethargic, lazy and sluggish". Tamasic food mainly consist of red meat and food that is old and stale, or foods that contain artificial preservatives.
The Sattvic Legacy
Trigunatmak(3 Guna) philosophy was first elaborated upon by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita (chapter 17, verses 8, 9, 10), during the great war of Mahabharata. Similarly, the impact of specific foods and diet on the body and mind was also mentioned by Patanjali in his Yogasutras, compiled during the 4th Century.
This knowledge was lost thereafter, until it was then revived by Adi Shankaracharya during the 8th Century. Since then, it has been shared over and over again by wise gurus and yogis, and is now passed down from the older generation to the newer generation of the 21st Century.
You are What you Eat!
India has experienced a big shift in the food & beverage industry, with a surge in the inflow of cultural influences and cuisines from around the world. This cross cultural influence has overshadowed traditional Indian dishes, recipes, preferences and styles of cooking, by introducing unhealthy food that is prepared poorly with substandard ingredients.
True Indian food was losing its place in the culinary world, until the birth of Sattviko.
By bringing the ancient 3 Guna philosophy back to life with the inculcation of Sattvic values in global cuisine, Sattviko begun its revival of healthy, Sattvic preparations, modernized to suit the modern palate. With Sattviko, people will get to experience a taste of history, by getting the chance to sample pure, healthy food that is both nourishing and bursting with flavour.
With Sattviko, we hope to help and guide people toward a healthier lifestyle, for a better tomorrow.
Did you know that the essence of Sattvik is to prevent ill healthrather than cure it? Here are some fun facts about Sattvik ingredients and their properties, used in Sattviko dishes.
Brown Rice, used in Sattviko's Exotic Brown Rice Biryani, controls blood sugar levels, helps in bone structure and metabolism of fats.
Who knew biriyani could be nutritious and yummy?
Paneer or cottage cheese (Sattvic), used in Sattviko's Millet Paneer Sizzler, relieves muscle cramps and decreases levels of anxiety and stress.
Did you know that Desi Ghee (Sattvic), used in the preparation of Sattviko dishes, can be consumed bylactose or casein intolerant peoplewithout causing dairy allergies?
Desi Ghee is made from butter but the milk solids and impurities are removed in the process of making it.
Did you know that Sabudana (Sattvic) is the starch extract of Tapioca? Used in Sattviko's Sabudana Bowl, it is an excellent vegetarian source of protein and improves digestion.
Sabudana is widely consumed by people on fasts because it is sattvic in nature and provides a good amount of energy
Millet, the main ingredient in Sattviko's Millet Bowl is enriched with high levels of protein and magnesium, and known to reduce the severity of asthma.
An inhaler in the form of food, this alkaline ingredient is also gluten-free, making it perfect for people with gluten allergies.
In Ayurveda, Lauki or Ghiye, used in Sattviko's Ghiye ka Lasagne, is often recommended to treat diabetes mellitus, hypertension and liver disease.
The goodness of gourds; lauki is also a good remedy for weight loss.
Tulsi(Sattvic), used in Sattviko's TulsiGreen Tea, is known to dissolve kidney stones, cure fever and protect the heart.
Is it tea time yet?
Did you know that 1 cup of chopped broccoli, used in Sattviko's Broccoli MatarKaShorba, provides 92 micrograms of vitamin K, more than 100% of your daily need?
How Does Sattviko use the Principles of Sattvic Diet in its Restaurants?
We incorporate :
1. Fresh ingredients
2. Pure vegetarian produce that has been procured in a holistic manner
3. No pungent ingredients
4. Balanced seasoning
5. Infusion of positive energy and love in the food while cooking
6. The practice of compassion when it comes to our employees
Ingredients (YES) :
Brown sugar, whole wheat flour, jaggery, rock salt, brown rice, Indian cow ghee, millets, unrefined oils such as mustard and peanut, etc.
Ingredients (NO) :
Refined white sugar, maida (refined wheat flour), refined white salt, refined cooking oils, Vanaspati ghee, starch-rich rice, onion, garlic, etc.
Sattviko looks forward to sharing Indian culture, traditions and values across the globe with Sattvic gourmet food and natural wellness products that are based on the principles of Yoga and Ayurveda.