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Crescent City Ayurveda

Optimizing the health of New Orleanians



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Smothered Okra Masala

Posted by [email protected] on July 30, 2018 at 4:45 PM Comments comments ()

We have been honing our okra recipe, and the final version was so good it inspired a hilarious and wonderful video review by Aria's mother in the style of Tabitha Brown!  It has the perfect blending of Creole and Indian spices to create a unique flavor. The best part is the okra is not slimy, but finds a perfect balance between a healthy crunch and a delicious smother. We made our okra masala with fresh okra from the farmers' market. Look how beautiful they are raw! You can also see a sh...

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Dijon Pecan Baked Salmon

Posted by [email protected] on March 16, 2018 at 3:10 PM Comments comments ()

This Friday's delicious and healthy fish recipe is Dijon Pecan Baked Salmon (recipe).

To make the recipe more local, we used Steen's cane syrop in place of maple, and of course added a dash of our own love seasoning to the sauce. What I loved about this recipe was the crunchiness of the pecans, and how that balanced the softness of the fish. Plus, with a sauce made from ...

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A fish recipe for kaphas: Lemon-ginger baked fish with red pepper

Posted by [email protected] on March 12, 2018 at 12:55 AM Comments comments ()
This Friday, Aria really outdid herself with a lemon-ginger baked sheepshead with red pepper. You can find the recipe here (http:/, but we made a few modifications:

  • The recipe calls for swai, but we used local sheepshead. Flounder or scallops could also work well as substitutes. These are all flaky but with a firm texture and a mild flavor, so another local fish with this charac...
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I'm gonna be round my vegetables

Posted by [email protected] on March 4, 2018 at 7:05 PM Comments comments ()

Today, Aria and I planted a pot-based vegetable and herb garden in my back yard. In the big planter, we have three types of bell peppers and two types of tomatoes, and in the pots, we have rosemary, lemongrass, green onions, sage, oregano, two types of mint, and three types of basil (yes, I went a little crazy on the basil).

Herbs and spices are particularly important in Ayurveda, because they support the digestive fire, which we call agni. According to Ayurveda, food...

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A sizzling yet healthy twist on fried catfish!

Posted by [email protected] on March 2, 2018 at 4:20 PM Comments comments ()

To me, nothing says "Lent in New Orleans" more than fried catfish. Churches around town do fish fries as a way to help people eat fish on Friday and raise money. Two weeks ago, Aria and I checked out the fish fry at St. Gabriel's in Pontchartrain Park, but we have decided to give up fried food for the remainder of Lent. This week we chose a healthier alternative, oven "fried" catfish ( It was delicious with a little ketchu...

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Baked fish Indian style

Posted by [email protected] on February 23, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments ()

Today is the second Friday of Lent, and it is of course traditional to eat fish then.  From an Ayurvedic perspective, fish has the tastes of sweet and salty. Freshwater fish is sweet without being salty. This means that saltwater fish it is best for the Vata dosha, since the sweet and salty tastes reduce Vata. Examples of saltwater fish include salmon, tuna, snapper, swordfish, grouper, cod, and hake.

Since salt increases the Pitta and Kapha doshas, freshwater fish is b...

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Lent Special: $40 for 40 days!

Posted by [email protected] on February 14, 2018 at 9:45 PM Comments comments ()

Today marks the beginning of Lent, which in New Orleans is a great day to recommit to healthy lifestyle for the duration of the season. For me, it's a day to commit to embodying Ayurvedic lifestyle practices, and to my practice as an Ayurvedic consultant.

In this spirit, I would like to announce a new special: for the duration of Lent, all individual consultations will be only $40. This is my lowest price, so if you have been thinking about starting a sequence of visits, no...

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Creole Shrimp Curry

Posted by [email protected] on January 27, 2018 at 3:35 PM Comments comments ()

Our Curry with Soul event this week was a great success, with over 20 people in attendance. I gave an introduction to the Ayurvedic approach to using food as healing, and Aria Mason gave a cooking demonstration of a dish she developed as a hybrid of the classic dish Shrimp Creole and a Goan style shrimp curry, with the addition of mirliton, a local vegetable that is in season during the winter months. There was plenty of curry for all and it was delicious. If you would like to prepare the dis...

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The benefits of ginger brew

Posted by [email protected] on August 30, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments ()


On this blog, I will be sharing some of the Ayurvedic practices that I do for myself, and which anyone interested in having a more balanced lifestyle can do to promote wellness.

This weekend I made some "ginger brew," a strong decoction of ginger. Traditionally, ginger tea would be drunk hot, often with lemon and honey. Since it's summer in New Orleans and so hot, I've been trying an alternate method, adding a splash of this concentrated ginger tea...

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