What is Yogic Cooking?
(This information on nutmeg is provided for your interest only and is not intended as medical advice. Anytime you have a health concern you should always consult with your health practitioner or medical doctor and follow their recommendation.)
Nutmeg is a common spice with an enticing flavor and a rich history. Believed to be everything from an aphrodisiac to a stomach remedy, it was once prized and even flaunted as a sign of wealth. Its flavor wakes up sweets, vegetable dishes, pancakes, hot beverages, and even marinara sauce!
A small amount has been traditionally used to bring a relaxed state and assist in deeper sleep. Historically it has also been used as a digestive aid and to help relieve gas. These are its beneficial uses in "yogic" terms.
But be warned that when it is taken in excess it can cause nausea, vomiting, hallucinations, and/or dangerously low blood pressure within a few hours.
Fresh Whole Nutmeg
Once ground, the potent oil of nutmeg quickly deteriorates and the flavor diminishes. Therefore it is always best to use whole nutmegs, which may be ground or grated as needed. Many households keep nutmeg graters handy to easily grate a little into coffee, soups, and other dishes as desired. If you don't have a nutmeg grater, just use the finest grate on a regular hand-held grater or easily (and noisily) grind whole nutmegs with an electric coffee grinder. Once you try freshly grated nutmeg you will likely never choose to use commercial ground nutmeg again!
Ways to Use Nutmeg
Here are some foods that go well with nutmeg's distinctive flavor. Just add a little freshly grated nutmeg toward the end of preparation:
- Marinara sauce
- Golden Milk
- Cookies, muffins, pumpkin pie
- Yogi Tea
- Banana smoothies
- Homemade ice cream
- Vegetable curry