Pitta And Kapha Pacifying Cruciferous Vegetable Soup {Perfect For Weight Loss}

Pitta And Kapha Pacifying Cruciferous Vegetables Soup {Perfect For Weight Loss}

Cruciferous vegetables have risen in popularity recently due to their apparent cancer-fighting properties. Cruciferous vegetables are low-calorie, rich in folate, vitamins C, E, and K and fiber. If weight loss is your goal, fiber is an important nutrient to incorporate into your diet as it helps to keep you feeling full longer.

Additionally, the combination of protein, fiber and low energy density makes cruciferous vegetables the perfect foods to include in your meals if you need to lose weight. Cruciferous vegetables are not for everyone though.

According to Ayurveda, the ancient medical science of India, cruciferous vegetables increase the Vata in the body. What does that mean? Cruciferous vegetables are dry and rough, qualities which may lead to disturbances of Vata, the air and space element in the body. With the delicate digestive systems of Vata body types, cruciferous vegetables could likely cause digestive disturbances like gas and bloating. Adding ghee to this recipe helps in preventing Vata aggravation. This soup is digested and assimilated well for Pitta and Kapha constitutions though.

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Cruciferous Vegetables Soup Recipe


2 Tbsp ghee
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 cup chopped cabbage
1 cup Brussels sprouts, halved and stems trimmed
1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds
2 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
coconut milk, optional


Melt ghee in a soup pot. Add cumin seeds. When it starts to splutter, sauté the vegetables for 2 minutes. Add water and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are soft and tender. Add required amount of salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Optionally, you may add coconut milk in the end for a creamy texture and enhanced taste.

Arya Krishna is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, educator, and speaker. She completed her Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Amrita School of Ayurveda, Kerala, India. She is registered as an Ayurveda doctor (Reg No: 14664) under the Indian Medical Council. She received a Fellowship in Orthopedic Rehabilitation from Apollo group of Institutions, Hyderabad. An editor with the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal, she previously served as the associate editor of the American Ayurvedic Journal of Health. Before moving to the US in 2015, she was Resident Medical Officer (Ayurveda) in AyurVAID hospital, Bangalore and has knowledge and experience in precision and evidence-based Ayurveda. She was an Ayurveda Domain expert with Health Connect 24 – a unique platform to bring together Ayurveda, Yoga and swadeshi. She is efficient in performing all Panchakarma procedures (purification therapies) and has knowledge of Marma Therapy. Other areas of expertise include Ayurveda diet and lifestyle, women’s health, and rasayana (rejuvenation). She works for the promotion and propagation of Ayurveda by offering lectures, webinars and contributing to various journals. She is a resource person for the Council of Ayurveda Research (CAR) and is an Ayurvedic blogger with Mother Earth Living. Currently, she is residing in Danville, Pennsylvania and is listed as a BAMS doctor with AAPNA (Association of Ayurveda Practitioners of North America). She is an Ayurveda Consultant and Educational coordinator with Be Mind Body Skin, New Jersey and Subject Matter Expert at At Home with Ayurveda, UK.

One comment

  1. Will try it… also just a tip for future recipes… please include a picture of any food you are providing the recipe for. It is expected! It’s 2018 and we are way into the era of Instagram, etc… Thanks!


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