What is Sharad Ritu?
Sharad Ritu is one of the six Indian seasons during which the hot and humid weather begins to recede. It prevails during the month of ‘Ashwin’ and ‘Kartik’ as per the traditional Hindu calendar. It is known as the autumn season and in the Georgian calendar, it falls from mid-August to mid-October. It is the season between summer and winter.
Ahara can be taken in Sharad Ritu.
In the Sharad Ritu, grains like wheat, rice, and barley can be consumed. Barley is naturally sweet and diuretic, it is a suitable food to consume now. In this season, green gram should be selected. You might also use Tuvar dal. Vegetables that are sweet, bitter, or astringent should be consumed. They are both highly healthy to consume because they have a sweet and little bitter flavor. Bitters such as methi, bitter gourd, and others can be consumed in moderation. Young radishes, carrots, beets, and other vegetables can be consumed in moderation. Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage should be consumed in smaller amounts and prepared with ghee.
You can use a lot of cow milk, jaggery, honey, cumin, and turmeric. You can consume fruits including plums, pears, apples, ripe bananas, grapes, and avocados. You can eat dry fruits like figs, raisins, and dates. Herbs that can be taken internally to calm heat include amla, patol, Shatavari, Chandan, and ushira. Eating dry, lean meat like a rabbit, quail, partridge, etc is advised.
Diet to be avoided in Sharad Ritu
Food that is hot in potency and all kinds of hot, spicy, sour, salty, and other foods should be avoided. Avoid Chana, Rajma, and Urad. Avoid eating frozen food. Avoid eating foods that are difficult to digest, such as potatoes. Broiler chicken, pig, and other high-fat meats should be avoided this time of year.
Drinks that can be Consume
After boiling with herbs that reduce pitta, such as punarnava, lodhra, amla, etc., water must be consumed. Consume buttermilk spiced with cumin and coriander. Drinks with the tastes of Madhur, tikta, and kashya should also be consumed.