Vata And Kapha Balancing Broccoli Salad


  • ½ cup sliced or slivered almonds
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 stalk steamed broccoli, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup whole wheat noodles, boiled


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a skillet, toast the almonds and sesame seeds on medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes or until fragrant. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, mushrooms, onions and pumpkin seeds.
  3. Add the toasted almonds and sesame seeds.
  4. To prepare the dressing, take a small bowl and mix vegetable oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and pepper. Season with salt to taste.
  5. Toss dressing with broccoli mixture. Sprinkle noodles on top, and serve. Enjoy!

Note- This recipe is a perfect example of how to use different food combinations as per your dual Dosha. Here the broccoli which aggravates Vata (but pacifies Kapha) is combined with Vata pacifying spices and other ingredients so that the overall effect of the recipe is balancing for both the Doshas.

Deepak Bhanot, BAMS is a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner with 20 years of experience. He specializes in dietary and lifestyle consultation as per one's Prakriti. He has an advanced specialization in Nutrition and Health Education as well as Preventive and Promotive Health Care. He is a certified Panchakarma and Ayurvedic Acupressure therapist.


  1. I will make it this week. It has everything I love!

  2. Raw broccoli is way too vata aggravating it needs to be steamed or lightly sauteed first! Also sugar!!

  3. Can you roast the broccoli and mushroom?

  4. Thank you very much for this recipe. The broccoli and mushrooms are raw? There is no mention to boil or cook them.

  5. is the broccoli cooked or raw?


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