Yogisthaan’s Instagram posts all end with a signature ‘Jai Ma!’, an homage to a rainbow of Goddesses, but also to the big-boss mom, the mothership who rules the roost here.
Say pranam to owner Ajitsingh Tapasvi’s mother, Aruna Singh Tapasvi, who offers all her clean-eating-good-living pearls to Yogisthaan, part yoga studio, part café and part homestay. From the moment go, she advised the kitchen to serve food in kansa vessels, just one of her many “ancient beliefs with super benefits”.
Ayurveda prescribes kansa (an alloy of copper and tin) for its anti-septic properties. Plus, the alkalising effect the alloy has on food and water promotes strong bones and provides anti-inflammation super powers. “It also makes the food taste better,” insists Ajitsingh, who says dal in a ceramic bowl isn’t half as good for the palate or the soul.
“It also makes the food taste better,” insists Ajitsingh, who says dal in a ceramic bowl isn’t half as good for the palate or the soul.
Now, after years of regulars asking where to buy good kansaware like theirs, Yogisthaan has started selling a range of their own crockery. They’ve identified a village in Orissa for production, and stock striking forks, spoons, plates, bowls and thalis, which can be shipped across India.
Ajitsingh and Aruna Devi believe that collaborations of this kind also give their carefully hand-picked vendors across India, a leg up. “We source our ghee from Gujarat; our Kulhad and quinoa comes from UP; millet from local Bangalore farmers,” says Ajitsingh, who was once co-founding member of The Yoga House in Mumbai, a city where he recently started a Yogisthaan delivery kitchen, thus returning to his urban roots.
His mum remains in Goa, not just advising the café, but also cooking many of the regulars’ favourites - khichdi, moong dal chila and besan laddoos. Stop by the Indiranagar Yogisthaan café or the new one at Koramangala to say hey, and to buy a spoon and a plate that could possibly improve grades on your next medical test.
Jai Ma, indeed.
Getting there: Kansa vessels available at Yogisthaan, call 8040914888, start at Rs 250 per kansa glass.
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