Pahalika, Pāhalikā: 1 definition


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Ayurveda (science of life)

Source: Shodhganga: Dietetics and culinary art in ancient and medieval India

Pāhalikā (पाहलिका) refers to a type of food-preparation with wheat, according to the Mānasollāsa chapter III, and is commonly found in literature dealing with the topics of dietetics and culinary art, also known as Pākaśāstra or Pākakalā.—Wheat is mentioned in later Vedic saṃhitās. It can be observed that in Arthaśāstra, wheat occupied a more important place among the cereals and it being invariably mentioned with barley. Two varieties of wheat madhūlika and nāndimukhi have been mentioned by Suśruta in the list of inferior food grains. Mānasollāsa, the medieval period text refers to different wheat preparations such as sohala, pāhalikā, poḷikā (polikā), maṇḍaka and patrikā.

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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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