Ranjini Rao

Ranjini Rao

Ranjini Rao is a writer and communications professor based in Bangalore, India. She writes on food, culture, health, travel, and parenting. She runs the food and travel blog, Tadka Pasta, with her partner, and is passionate about sustainable living and open education.

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7 Ayurvedic remedies experts say can ease your cold, flu and Covid symptoms – from guduchi and ginger to tulsi and triphala

From guduchi to ginger and tulsi to triphala, these seven Ayurvedic remedies may ease your suffering from colds, coughs, flu and even Covid symptoms, say two traditional Indian medicine practitioners.

From guduchi to ginger and tulsi to triphala, these seven Ayurvedic remedies may ease your suffering from colds, coughs, flu and even Covid symptoms, say two traditional Indian medicine practitioners.

6 May 2022 - 5:15PM
Explainer | 8 gut health benefits of living according to Ayurveda, Indian traditional medicine, and how it strengthens your immune system

Experts in Indian traditional medicine explain how living and eating according to Ayurveda keeps your gut healthy and strengthens your body’s immunity.

Experts in Indian traditional medicine explain how living and eating according to Ayurveda keeps your gut healthy and strengthens your body’s immunity.

3 Mar 2022 - 1:00PM
Explainer | More fruits, nuts and seeds, less alcohol and sugary treats: why what you eat can affect your mental health

Nutrition specialists say mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD and fatigue may be prevented or treated by changing your diet.

Nutrition specialists say mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD and fatigue may be prevented or treated by changing your diet.

26 May 2021 - 4:57PM
This simple breathing exercise can help coronavirus sufferers: how the benefits of prone position are being rediscovered

Experts suggest pronal breathing exercises can help make breathing easier, especially in patients with mild Covid-19 symptoms, but how is it beneficial and what are the best methods?

Experts suggest pronal breathing exercises can help make breathing easier, especially in patients with mild Covid-19 symptoms, but how is it beneficial and what are the best methods?

20 May 2021 - 6:58AM
Explainer | Turmeric, beans, chia seeds: superfoods, their health benefits for weight loss, boosting immunity, and more, and how to add them to your diet

Superfoods is a buzzword. Celebrities and social media influencers tout their consumption. But what exactly are superfoods, what do they do for our health, and how can we incorporate them in our diets? Experts explain.

Superfoods is a buzzword. Celebrities and social media influencers tout their consumption. But what exactly are superfoods, what do they do for our health, and how can we incorporate them in our diets? Experts explain.

27 Mar 2021 - 1:31PM
Overcoming grief with past-life regression and guardian angels: how three women help others overcome loss and live a spiritual and purposeful life

Three women who found spiritual awakening through grief set up the International Grief Council to share their wisdom with others, help them deal with loss and find a purpose in life.

Three women who found spiritual awakening through grief set up the International Grief Council to share their wisdom with others, help them deal with loss and find a purpose in life.

20 Mar 2021 - 5:22PM
Coping with grief after mum’s death, a daughter writes a book on the lessons she learned from her in the kitchen

When Ranjini Rao decided to write a book about her mother she turned to the kitchen, as her mum always did when feeling low, and realised that food and stories are at the very core of life.

When Ranjini Rao decided to write a book about her mother she turned to the kitchen, as her mum always did when feeling low, and realised that food and stories are at the very core of life.

19 Feb 2021 - 10:45AM
Oil pulling, Ayurveda practice Gwyneth Paltrow swears by, tongue scraping and other daily rules to live by from Indian traditional medicine

Ayurveda is based around balance and a routine known as dinacharya. From waking and sleeping at the same time each day, to swilling oil around your mouth each morning, to what you eat and how you cook it, it promotes good health.

Ayurveda is based around balance and a routine known as dinacharya. From waking and sleeping at the same time each day, to swilling oil around your mouth each morning, to what you eat and how you cook it, it promotes good health.

26 Nov 2020 - 3:34PM
Lotus seeds and fox nuts: superfoods used in Ayurveda and TCM, why they are good for you and how to eat them – three recipes

Two seeds from aquatic flowering plants, the lotus and the water lily, can help in the fight against lifestyle diseases. Long used in Ayurvedic medicine and TCM, they are suitable for the keto diet and plant-based diets.

Two seeds from aquatic flowering plants, the lotus and the water lily, can help in the fight against lifestyle diseases. Long used in Ayurvedic medicine and TCM, they are suitable for the keto diet and plant-based diets.

31 Jul 2020 - 7:15PM
Five immune system superfoods used in Ayurveda, Indian traditional medicine, and how to consume them

Our immune systems sometimes need a boost to prevent disease and cure infections – and a diet containing antioxidant-rich superfoods may provide it.

Our immune systems sometimes need a boost to prevent disease and cure infections – and a diet containing antioxidant-rich superfoods may provide it.

3 Jul 2020 - 3:30PM
Finance professional turned healer uses acupressure and TCM to treat world leaders and prisoners

When complications set in after surgery, Ketan Shah turned to acupressure to avoid more operations. It was so successful that he decided to train as an acupressurist, and has since treated more than 350,000 patients including world leaders and prisoners.

When complications set in after surgery, Ketan Shah turned to acupressure to avoid more operations. It was so successful that he decided to train as an acupressurist, and has since treated more than 350,000 patients including world leaders and prisoners.

3 Jan 2020 - 5:54PM
How Indian cafe that serves natural health drinks and soups inspired dozens of others to open

After using natural remedies instead of surgery for his mother’s arthritis, Maran G began selling packets of remedies. Now he runs a successful cafe selling soups, juices and health foods and others are following suit.

After using natural remedies instead of surgery for his mother’s arthritis, Maran G began selling packets of remedies. Now he runs a successful cafe selling soups, juices and health foods and others are following suit.

22 Oct 2019 - 12:42PM
The paradise tree, its health benefits and how chemotherapy side effects can be alleviated by it

The paradise tree has been studied for years to discover its medicinal uses and its potential to aid in battling cancer. Two Indian botanists say it can cure viral, bacterial and protozoal diseases and acts as a powerful antibiotic.

The paradise tree has been studied for years to discover its medicinal uses and its potential to aid in battling cancer. Two Indian botanists say it can cure viral, bacterial and protozoal diseases and acts as a powerful antibiotic.

13 Jul 2019 - 7:47PM
Why garlic, ginger, turmeric, moringa, Indian ginseng are so good for us –five healing foods

In India, plants, herbs and spices are often used to treat ailments and maintain health. We look at five of the best and most popular ingredients used in Ayurvedic medicine.

In India, plants, herbs and spices are often used to treat ailments and maintain health. We look at five of the best and most popular ingredients used in Ayurvedic medicine.

22 Mar 2021 - 12:59PM
Yacon, wonder tuber from the Andes - almost no calories and does wonders for your health

Yacon is being feted as a new dietary wonder food because its carbohydrates provide few calories to the human digestive system. Originally from South America, it is being grown commercially around the world, including Sikkim, India.

Yacon is being feted as a new dietary wonder food because its carbohydrates provide few calories to the human digestive system. Originally from South America, it is being grown commercially around the world, including Sikkim, India.

13 May 2019 - 10:32AM
Chutney: everything you need to know about India’s favourite condiment, from an expert who learned at her grandma’s side

From sweet and sour to hot and spicy, tempered in oil or raw, wet or dry, served as a side dish or a dip, India’s countless versions of the chutney can be enjoyed at any time

From sweet and sour to hot and spicy, tempered in oil or raw, wet or dry, served as a side dish or a dip, India’s countless versions of the chutney can be enjoyed at any time

5 May 2017 - 7:31AM
An insider’s guide to Bangalore’s best places for vegetarian food

From idlis and dosas to rottis and vadas, the southwestern state of Karnataka is celebrated across India for its delicious and varied meat-free dishes

From idlis and dosas to rottis and vadas, the southwestern state of Karnataka is celebrated across India for its delicious and varied meat-free dishes

5 May 2017 - 4:23AM