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Chef Ashok Patra joins OriginAsia, Richmond for Ayurvedic Food Festival

OriginAsia will be running an Ayurvedic Festival from 24th February to 6th March & a Slim Line Festival from 9th March to 20th March’. The festivals were inspired to support customers who are trying to stick to a New Year healthy eating plan.

Ayurveda means ‘science of life’ (veda meaning knowledge/science and ayus meaning life.) It forms the complete medical system of healing traditionally practised in India and Sri Lanka dating back over 3000 years.

Diet and lifestyle form the foundations of Ayurveda. It is believed that all disease stems from the digestive system, and the principles to a large extent concentrate on nutrition. Food is intended to provide energy and nourishment for the body and mind. All meals should be seasonal, balanced and vary according to the ‘dosha’ and time of life. (See fact sheet attached)

Origin Asia is flying in guest chef Ashok Patra from India especially to produce gastronomic feast. Over the past two months Ashok has been perfecting the dishes and menu, promising a totally unique taste experience.

Following the Healthy food festival Ashok will fly out to Las Vegas where he will be Head Chef at the company’s latest restaurant venture, OriginIndia which is set to open in April 2005.

Ashok joins the group from K.C Residency where he was the Hotel Executive Chef. His impressive culinary background includes a stint with the distinguished Taj Group.

Dishes on the menu will include Murg Haseena Kebab –Supreme of chicken rolled with fresh button mushrooms, chopped ginger, green chilli, coriander leaves, cardamom powder, sweet paprika powder and ground herbs and spices £10.50 and Mahi Nisha - Fish balls simmered in mild gravy to bring out the flavour of true Indian fish curry from the kitchen of Nizam Hyderabad £10.95

Following on from the Ayurvedic theme, Origin Asia will keep up the healthy focus with a Slim Line Menu running between 9th March till 20th March. This menu will offer more delicious & healthy menu choices. (See website for more information)

For reservations contact Origin Asia Tel: 0208 9480509

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Ayurveda Fact Sheet
Ayurvedic nutrition teaches us how to balance our doshas (body energies). According to Ayurveda when these doshas are too high or low they cause disease.
In Ayurveda individuals are made up of a combination of Vata Pitta and Kapha doshas. Everyone has their own unique constitution and so should eat a diet that reflects this, their capacity for food, digestive strength, age, state of health and lifestyle. An Ayurvedic practitioner would take all this points in to account when guiding a patient towards a healthy eating program.
'Ayurvedic food' consists of many considerations other than the actual food that is served such as,
• The nature/environment in which food is cooked and served.
• The regularity/ times of the day food is eaten.
• Meals are designed with the season, climate and weather in mind. (In hot weather you eat cooling food and in cold weather warming foods)
• Meals are prepared using ghee and sesame oil and cooked gently (when applicable) so as to preserve their health-giving properties.
• The largest meal of the day is served at lunchtime as this is when the body is best able to digest foods.
• Meals are freshly prepared from mostly local and organic produce.
• Whole grains and whole grain flours are proffered.
• Cheeses are normally served separately so that they can be eaten towards the end of the meal.
• Quality is the word not quantity.
• Meals are prepared in a positive atmosphere and are offered as a gesture of love to all those who may eat them.
• Vegetarian food is recommended.

The correct diet emphasizes natural foods, food grown in harmony with nature, on good soils, ripened naturally, cook in the right manner with love. Such foods are carriers of Prana (energy) and consciousness. One should avoid heavy food in the morning or in the late evening as it is more likely to clog the system at these times.

The morning meal should be light and stimulating. The main meal should be at noon or in the early evening. Eating late at night, except light food like fruit or milk weighs the body and mind down.

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