Mango Salsa and an Ayurveda Birthday

May 25th, 2012

This post is also available in: French

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Masha with Raspberry and Lemongrass Tiramisu

Well, hello there. Another round of warm gratitude to the wonderful guest bloggers, who have been holding down the fort.
This post is dedicated to my dear friend Masha, who you might have seen on Golubka before, as she is a big and important part of our life. She is a serious yoga girl and loves the warmth of the beach and the great outdoors more than anything. Taking all that into consideration, Natalie came up with the idea of organizing Masha’s birthday party around all of her favourite things.

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The celebration took place at our beloved beach, with an hour of yoga and plenty of nourishing food to follow. The day before, we had a bit of a weather scare and had to reschedule to early morning in order to avoid a spring storm. Doing yoga while hearing the waves and breathing the salt air was a truly transcendent experience. Our instructor, Laura, captured everybody’s heart with her wonderful program. For anyone in the Tampa Bay area, she teaches yoga at the Dali Museum on a regular basis.

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When thinking of yoga in food terms, Ayurveda immediately comes to mind. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medicine, which is quite complex and includes physical and spiritual components. I decided to make a meal that reflects some principles of Ayurvedic cuisine and present it according to doshas or body types.

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Beets in citrus, right

Each guest was provided with a questionnaire that helped them determine their dosha. Every dish had a sign indicating what dosha the main ingredient is especially recommended for. We were all a bit too curious to only stick to our doshas, but it was fun to learn new things.

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Baked eggplant with herbs and spices and turmeric and sesame crepes

Natalie wrote the names of dishes and doshas on river stones, and her banana leaves worked so well as simple plates.

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Pistachio crusted falafel

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Gluten free naan bread

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Today we’re sharing the recipe for this colourful mango salsa (thanks to Zhenya for the recipe) that can be served with so many things. I loved it with my garbanzo crepes the most. The rest of the recipes are part of a different project, bear with us and we’ll share them soon.

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Big thanks to Anastasia for help with the photos.

Mango Salsa
2-3 ripe mangoes – peeled and cubed
5-6 medium tomatoes – cubed
1/2 medium yellow onion – minced
1 bunch cilantro – chopped
1/2 jalapeno or more to taste – seeded and minced
juice of 1 lime
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Gently stir to incorporate all the juices and serve right away.

Ayurvedic Menu:
Pistachio Crusted Falafel
Garbanzo beans: Vata, Kapha – moderation, Pitta – excellent

Mango Salsa
Mango: Vata – excellent; Kapha, Pitta – moderation
Cilantro: Vata – neutral, Pitta – good, Kapha – excellent

Baked Eggplant with herbs and spices
Eggplant: Vata – moderation, Pitta – good, Kapha – avoid

Beets in Citrus
Beets: Vata – excellent; Pitta and Kapha – reduce

Minty Yogurt Sauce
Mint: Vata – reduce; Pitta and Kapha – excellent

Saag Paneer
Spinach: Vata – reduce, Pitta – moderation, Kapha – excellent

Gluten-free Naan bread
Buckwheat:Vata – good; Pitta and Kapha – moderation

Turmeric and Sesame Crepes
Vata and Kapha – good, Pitta – neutral

Lemongrass and Raspberry Tiramisu 
Lemongrass: Vata – avoid; Pitta and Kapha – excellent
Cardamom: Vata – good; Pitta and Kapha – excellent

Tags: mango, raw, recipe, salad, vegan

  • How lovely! How very love! This was such an inspiring post. The photographs are wonderful and the pistachio crusted falafel balls have me so intrigued. What a fabulous article.

  • alina_who says:

    How gorgeous is this? It looks like Masha had a great birthday.

  • Tanya says:

    You got me so hungry for that tiramisu. Lemongrass?! Recipe pleeease… Gorgeous post!

    • Nicole says:

      That’s great, Ayurvedic medicine and diet are very cool, I wish you all the best with it! Another book that you might like is caleld The Only Diet There Is . I know at least two people who’s life changed after reading it and putting into practice it’s exercises.The main thing with diet is to enjoy whatever you are doing, don’t make it a struggle Rohan.

  • what delicious and gorgeous plates of food! i love the use of those leaves for the dishes! how creative! thanks for sharing!

  • Jay says:

    The food looks wonderful served on the banana leaves.

  • Amanda says:


  • RawGuru says:

    If i could i would eat every meal from a banana leaf. Gorgeous photos and gorgeous food! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Zhenya says:

    I was fortunate to be part of this experience! The food, the weather, the yoga practice, the energy of people were so “organic”… and the tiramisu at the end was an exquisite Grand Finlay with a lot of voluptuous moaning.

  • Mark says:

    Yoga on the beach, surrounded by great friends and delicious food…sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! Love the banana leaves as plates, and the photography really seemed to capture the zen atmosphere. Nice post!

  • Daiva says:

    wau beautiful :)

  • Penni says:

    Beautiful & Inspiring

  • Colleen says:

    what a beautiful celebration and an incredible feast…i too would have trouble staying in my dosha and would be sampling everything! thanks for your inspiring creativity and for sharing!

  • Heather Pace says:

    Wow, what a party! Would love one exactly like that. So beautiful!

  • anda says:

    This is such a wonderful idea – an Ayurveda inspired party. I’m a Vata dosha and fall out of balance very easily so I try to follow the rules but it’s pretty hard.

  • Lisa K says:

    Just phenominal,happy birthday to
    Masha, What a great way to celebrate a birthday!The ladies,the yoga and the food so much in balance.The photography was fantastic. I could smell the sea air.
    We await the recipes especially
    the lemongrass taramisu. We need all of your grace and charm in
    Washington. Come on up all of you!!!

  • Doing yoga on the beach with friends. And eating a little bit of food. That’s quite nice.

  • I love the leaf bowl! So clever & eco!!


  • Love the leaf bowl! so clever & eco!!

  • Anonymous says:

    So beautiful!

  • April says:

    What a wonderful birthday!

  • Golubka says:

    Thanks so much for your comments, everyone!

  • Superb! Generally I never read whole articles but the way you wrote this information is simply amazing and this kept my interest in reading and I enjoyed it.

  • Loretta says:

    It’s beautiful!!! Thank you!! Kisses from Italy


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