Feed your Brain with Spinach Dhal

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You are What You Eat

If this saying were literally true, most of us would be walking fast food plates – french fries carrying on a conversation with a juicy burger and frosty milk shake.

But it’s not.

So what does it really mean, you are what you eat?

It’s simply an age old philosophy applied to nutrition – “you reap what you sow”. If you sow a field of wheat, you will reap wheat. If you sow corn, then you get corn. If you “sow” fat into your body, you will inevitably reap fat.

This is a concept that contributes heavily in our quest of brain enhancement. When a farmer sows manure and fertilizer into his garden or field, he will reap in a healthy, efficient, green, and productive crop. The brain technician that fertilizes the field of his mind with rich, healthy nutrients, will reap an efficient, healthy, productive mind.

What are you, and what do you want to be?

Feeding the Brain

This recipe has 6  brain-vital ingredients:

  1. Trout = Omega 3 fatty acids/Docosahexaenoic acid
  2. Spinach = Folate, Lutein, potassium, antioxidents
  3. Split peas = Folic Acid,
  4. Mustard seeds = Selenium, Omega 3 fatty acids
  5. Cumin seeds = Ayurveda (look up Jeera water – very interesting)
  6. Garlic = Diallyl Sulfide, allixium, selenium, antioxidants

And here’s the recipe, enjoy!


(Serves 4)
• 1 cup yellow split peas or split moong dal, soaked overnight in water
• 1 whole hot pepper
• 3 cups fresh spinach leaves
• 2 Tbsps vegetable or canola oil
• 1 tsp black mustard seeds
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 2 large, thinly sliced cloves of garlic
• Salt (a pinch or two, to your taste)


1. Rinse soaked peas and drain 2. Add to a 4 or 5 quart pot. Add 5 cups water and the hot pepper and stir.
3. Cover pot, place over high heat, and bring to a boil. Cook to the consistency of pea soup, then add the spinach and seasoning. Set the heat to a low setting.
4. As the peas simmer, heat your oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start to crackle, add the cumin and cook for a half a minute or so, then add the garlic and cook till it is yellow.
5. Remove the mixture from heat and pour the contents into the simmering dhal. Stir and let simmer for a minute – and you’re done! Serve with brown rice, bread, or similar side, or eat the mixture as a soup or stew.

Keep in mind that the farmer that fertilizes and sows will only benefit from the crop if he reaps – reaping in our case is putting our mind to work and reaping the benefits – what is the use of a fit mind that does nothing?