Japanese Yam Puree

Here’s a delicious easy recipe that combines sweet, astringent, sour, spicy, salty, and pungent – if you add the optional ingredients. A great summer treat to keep your senses sharp and your tummy happy! This recipe makes enough for 2 people or can be a side-dish or appetizer for 4 people


Choose one medium sized yam

Peel and cube and boil until soft

Mash into puree

Add 3/4 tsp Mum’s Masala

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp Soma Salt

Fresh chopped green Thai Chilies (optional)

1 oz ginger juice  (optional)

1 tablespoon Olive oil


1 lime juice

Mix well
Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro leaves
add a few drops of olive on top as a final touch (optional)
Enjoy with some bread or as a side dish with quinoa and other vegetables.

Cooling Summer Dahl with Toru and Lime Leaf

Be transported and soothed by this delicious recipe with Toru (this is an Indian  squash, very cooling, that has deep dark green ridges on the outside and a soft white inside) and the refreshing hints of lime leaf. It is a great summer-evening dinner dahl to cool off pitta and nurture you with easy-to-digest protein. It will take you 10 minutes to prepare!

You will need:

  • 1 tbsp. ghee (or grapeseed oil)
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • 4 crushed green cardamoms
  • ¼ tsp. soma salt
  • 2 green chilies (optional)
  • Toru 1 large or 2 medium sized
  • 1/3 cup mung dahl (to serve for 2 people)
  • 5-6 fresh lime leaves (available at Asian grocery stores)


Peel and slice the Toru into thin small pieces.

 Melt/warm the oil in your pot, then add the turmeric, cardamom pods (and chilies if you are using them), and toast for a 30 seconds or so.

Now add the Toru and keep toasting medium heat for a couple more minutes.

  Add your rinsed yellow mung dahl

Toast for five more minutes until your dahl turn a golden color

Add 3 cups (32 oz.) of water – you can add more water to dilute the consistency

Cover and cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes

When your dahl “melts” into a creamy consistency and your Toru is soft and cooked, add 6 lime leaves and cover for 5 minutes. Serve with a side of rice, quinoa, or flatbreads and enjoy!