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Easy Meals to Nourish Every Dosha.

Ayurveda sees cooking as an important part of the whole digestion and nutrition process. Anyone can cook ayurvedically, we just need to follow a few simple guidelines.

Ayurveda recommends that we use fresh foods while cooking, because fresh foods provide the maximum amount of energy. Avoid eating leftovers, and frozen or processed foods whenever possible, as they lack vital energy and are more difficult to digest. Use spices intelligently to balance the doshas (turmeric, ginger, cumin, and coriander are the most commonly used spices in ayurvedic cooking). The cook should be having good personal hygiene and loving and caring towards people who are going to eat that food. So if you cook your own food and you cook for your family yourself that will be the best thing to do.

It’s not easy finding the time to make a wholesome home-cooked meal. Balancing life between work and home is a tough task without the added responsibilities of a warm meal. Take-out and fast food have taken over the dinner table and our stomachs. But does that mean your body is happy?

Here are some dosha specific Quick & Easy Meals that don’t compromise on health or time!

  • Breakfast

  • oats
  • Oatmeal

  • Add brown sugar or maple syrup, warm soy or almond milk and sliced almonds.

    Eat with a slice of warm sourdough bread spread with ghee. Wash down with a soothing cup of ginger tea.

  • Along with coconut milk you can also add cardamom and sunflower seeds to the oatmeal.

    Accompany with a slice of whole wheat toast and ghee. Gulp down with cooling rose tea.

  • Season oatmeal with rice milk, cinnamon and a few pumpkin seeds.

    A slice of rye toast can also be taken along with cinnamon or ginger tea.

  • Lunch

  • oats
  • Pasta with
    seasonal sauteed
    vegetables

  • Season with Vata specific spice blend* and add cooked onion.

    *Vata Spice Blend: organic cumin, organic ginger, organic fenugreek, organic turmeric, organic raw cane sugar, organic ajowan, salt.

  • Season with Pitta specific spice blend** and garnish with fresh cilantro or alfalfa sprouts.

    **Pitta Spice Blend: organic coriander, organic fennel, organic cumin, organic raw cane sugar, organic cardamom, organic ginger, organic turmeric, organic cinnamon, salt.

  • Season with Kapha specific spice blend*** and add some fresh steamed broccoli.

    ***Kapha Spice Blend: organic ginger, organic black pepper, organic coriander, organic raw cane sugar, organic turmeric, salt, organic cinnamon.

  • Dinner

  • Mung Bean Dal

  • Add Vata Spice Blend to the Dal and boil. Serve with a side of sweet potatoes and zucchini.

  • Add Pitta Spice Blend to the cooking Dal. Serve with brown rice and a small cooling salad.

  • Add Kapha Spice Blend to the Dal and cook. Serve with barley and chard.

It is vital to maintain the balance of our doshas to live a happy, healthy and prosperous life. What we eat is a very important part of that.

As Hippocrates once said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”

Ayurveda suggests that the process of cooking is intricately linked to the process of digestion. You should cook what you are capable of digesting. That is why, apart from recommending an eating sequence, it also recommends Dosha-specific foods. The focus should not be on how much you eat, but WHAT you should eat and how you should eat, so that the nutrients derived from the food reach the desired levels in your metabolic system.

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