Ayurvedic Recipes

Smoothies for Pitta Dosha

Posted by on May 23, 2017

Smoothies for Pitta Dosha: People who are Pitta dosha dominant can certainly have more cooling food, as well as raw food that is cooling such as cucumber lettuce and leafy cruciferous veggies sweet fruits coconut flesh, water, and milk milk, butter, ghee And Pitta dosha is, like Vata, pacified by the sweet taste. So in summer or warm weather, such as late Spring, early Fall, or closer to the equator, Pitta can be much more liberal about smoothies, , even vegetable ones, especially emphasizing a healthy combination of spices, and protein. Ayurveda does not recommend eating fruit with food,...

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Ayurvedic Kitchari

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017

What is Kitchari? Kitchari is a Sattvic, light, easy-to-digest, cleansing, detoxifying food that is excellent once a week, at the change of seasons, or any time you feel like giving your digestive system a break. It is also just a normal one-pot-dish you can have for dinner. What is Sattva and What Are Sattvic Foods? Sattvic foods, or more exactly, a Sattvic diet, is a diet that is light and easy to digest and that aids a “spiritual” lifestyle whose goal is “purity, wholesomeness, and virtue.”  Sattivc foods are fresh and full of prana, nutrient dense,  keep Agni stimulated,...

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Ayurvedic Summer Cabbage Salad with Beet and Onion

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016

Ayurvedic Summer Cabbage Salad with Beet and Onion I am a huge fan of cabbage salad. When I was a strict vegetarian it must have been its hearty quality and chewy texture that appealed. Now that I am an omnivore, I value cabbage both for its delicious, slightly sweet taste, and for its high fiber low calorie ratio. Its a great balance for the heavy quality of meat. That’s why historically cole slaw pairs with deli sandwiches or hamburgers, and sauerkraut pairs with sausages and hot dogs. Raw Sauerkraut, which is a cinch to make at home, and ridiculously expensive...

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Ayurvedic Hibiscus Summer Tea

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016

Ayurvedic Hibiscus Summer Tea drink is meant to be drunk cool or room temperature. Hibiscus, the leading ingredient in Ayurvedic Hibiscus Summer Tea, also known as Sorrel in Caribbean English (unrelated to the leafy green known as Sorrel, or Rumex Acetosa), and Jamaica (Ha-mai-ka) in Mexican and Honduran Spanish, is a deep red flower that makes a naturally cooling beautifully red colored tea, notable for its refreshingly sour, slightly astringent flavor. It is brewed and drunk at room temperature any time of year at meal time, as a cooling refreshment between meals especially in the hot weather, and is...

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Ayurvedic Winter Spice Churna

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016

Ayurvedic Winter Spice Churna are “masalas” (spice mixtures) used to boost immunity by improving digestion and stimulating Agni digestive fire. They are used year round, but can be especially good in Winter and also for Ama/toxin accumulation. They can be tailored to all three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The following Ayurvedic winter spice churna is a tri-doshic mix of spices, suitable for Winter, but that will not aggravate any one dosha and pacifies them all, because it is a mix of bitter, pungent, and sweet spices. Someone with a strong Pitta elevation with symptoms of burning in the...

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Cold Cucumber Avocado Yogurt Soup for Summer: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015

Cold Cucumber Avocado Yogurt Soup for Summer: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha   Ingredients   2 cups chopped cucumber, peeled if non-organic 1 cup avocado 1.5 cups plain yoghurt or kefir 1-2 tbsp fresh bell pepper 3-4 tbps fresh cilantro Salt and White Pepper to taste   Recipe There are two ways you could prepare this delicious soup that is suitable for Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas in the hot summer months. One would be to simply chop the cuke and avocado into small pieces, dice the bell pepper and cilantro, and whip into the yogurt, adding a little water...

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Smoothies for Vata Dosha

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015

Smoothies for Vata Dosha–Part One A reader had this comment recently about Smoothies for Vata Dosha, after reading this article about Raw Veggies or Salad for a Vatta Dominant Person. Are Smoothies Better than Juicing for Vata Dosha? “I see that the key here is to balance out the combination of ingredients so that the salad has the soothing and grounding properties. For a Vatta DOSHA would you recommend that instead of juicing, taking blended raw fruits and veggies which include all of the fiber and additional water? I’d like to add more raw into my diet and am...

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Ginger Root In Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

Ginger Root in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine There are no panaceas in medicine, but if there were going to be one, it would have to be the humble Ginger root. Ginger is called “Vishabhesaj” in Ayurveda, which Ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad translates as “universal medicine.” That is both because of its wide applicability, its common use in medicine and kitchen, and its value for promotion of health. One of the basic rules for promoting longevity and wellness in both Ayurveda and Chinese medicine is to promote good digestion. In fact, this is a tenant of health promotion in just...

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Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine: Protect Your Agni in Summer

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014

Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine can be used to preserve what Ayurveda calls Agni–the metabolic fire that is what makes us warm blooded and that is associated with health, strength and vitality.  Chinese Medicine calls this physiological fire Yang or Ministerial Fire.  Agni and Yang are the basis of all the transformative forces in the body and mind, from the cellular level of utilizing oxygen and nutrients, to the gross level of chewing food, and on the mental level the digestion of experience and creation of wisdom through learning. Curiously, Agni and Ministerial Fire are damaged by the...

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Pacifying Kapha: Baked or Roasted Curried Cauliflower and Kabocha Squash

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014

Roasted or broiled vegetables are excellent for pacifying Kapha, whether for Kapha dominant types, or for the other doshas during Kapha season, as they are light, dry, and retain the strongly warming fire Qi of the oven or barbecue. The general theme for Kapha is to protect it from its natural tendency to accumulate fat and fluid by reducing all heavy foods like wheat, dairy, meats, and fats, while increasing naturally cleansing vegetables as much as possible, and eating meats with vegetables, not grains, and grains with vegetables, not meats. The best grains for Kapha are the gluten free...

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The Nature of Vata Dosha and How to Pacify It

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013

The way to prepare dishes that pacify Vata Dosha is to first understand what Vatta embodies. Vata dosha is the manifestation of Air and Space in our human bodies. Air and Space in its pure state is cold and dry. Air only becomes warm due to the effects of fire from the sun or other stars, and on earth from the fire of the sun or volcanic activity, whether above or below ground (hot springs). Air is naturally dry, and only becomes moist when it carries molecules of water in it, in fact, key point, notice that the air...

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Using Spices in Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine to Protect Your Digestive Fire in Summer

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013

In summer we sweat and our yang energy or heat keeps getting dispersed and exhausted. On freezing cold days you feel cold, but on boiling hot days you sweat and become exhausted. In winter in every culture people eat heavy high-calorie foods, but in summer switch to lighter food. That is in part because our digestive fire weakens in summer because the yang is at the surface.Conversely, in summer, because it is so hot, we eat lots of cooling juicy food like fruit and more raw food. Raw food is cooling, because your body has to provide the fire...

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Springtime Tea from Somalia with Cardamom and Mint

Posted by on May 3, 2013

Food and drink like language and music spreads between cultures without rules. But within any given tradition, within any given culture, its as if there are unspoken rules that govern change; creativity is allowed, but to a point. In the world of food or music, for example, once you change a thing enough it is no longer what it started out to be. This can lead to certain kinds of conformity.  For example, in my grandmother’s Russian Jewish culture there were two kinds of gefilte fish–sweet without garlic, but with sugar, and spicy, without sugar, but with black pepper...

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Dr. Wickermasinghe’s Ayurvedic Detox Tea for Colds and Flu

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012

Drink a quart or more a day of this delicious detox tea  if you are fighting off a cold or flu. You can also take this if you are already sick, to get better more quickly, and to prevent secondary infection in throat, sinus, or lungs. Do not use if you have a raging sore throat or high fever. Do use especially if you feel cold and have clear mucus or phlegm. This is a delicious tea made from ordinary kitchen spices that is a powerful remedy for common colds and flu. I learned it in Sri Lanka, from...

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Juiced Watermelon with Lime, Ginger, and Salt

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012

Alternative to Iced Drinks in Hot Weather Protect the Agni/ Yang in Summer: Juiced Watermelon with Lime, Ginger, and Salt The other day was quite hot (for SD!), and I swam at the beach after walking down from the top of Torrey Pines, and got home overheated and thirsty. I could still feel the sun hot on my head, even though I had worn a hat. I needed a lot of fluid and to cool down healthfully. An excellent alternative to iced beverages in hot conditions like that is juiced melon, especially watermelon. I juiced mine with fresh ginger...

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