Category Archives: Ayurvedic Cooking

What plates to dine with

What plates to dine with Ayurveda states that every aspect of food has an impact on our health: freshness and quality of food, its constitution (every single type of food has its unique Vata, Pitta and Kapha percentage just like … Continue reading

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Asafoetida (Hing) for Better Digestion and Circulation

Asafoetida (Hing) for Better Digestion and Circulation Asafoetida or Hing (botanical name Ferula narthex) is an essential ingredient in most Indian food that is almost unknown in the West. It is famous for its anthelminthic, stimulant, carminative (relieving flatulence), antiseptic, … Continue reading

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Ayurveda on Juices

Ayurveda on Juices First of all let’s make it clear, that what Ayurveda calls juice is a fresh beverage  made from fresh fruit, vegetable, or herb which is consumed right away at room temperature. All other beverages are not juices … Continue reading

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Adjusting Food to my Dosha

Adjusting Food to my Dosha When you look at the food list for your constitution you notice that food is gradually divided in categories from “best for your dosha” to “eliminate from your diet”. Does it mean that Vata for … Continue reading

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Vegan Eating in Ayurveda

Vegan Eating in Ayurveda Ayurveda considers the body to be the end product of our digestion. What we eat makes up our body and influences our thoughts, emotions, and outlook on life. When talking about Ayurvedic diet we need to … Continue reading

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The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen

The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen Finding Harmony through Food Is it possible to eat Ayurvedic and vegan at the same time? The answer is yes. I came across Talya Lutzker’s book The Ayurvedic Vegan Kitchen and was amazed at how well … Continue reading

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Ayurveda on Salt

Ayurveda on Salt Every manufacturer is eager to sell his product; otherwise their business makes no sense. We understand that they might even believe that their product is better than that of the others. But we also need to realize … Continue reading

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What It Means to Eat Fresh in Ayurveda

What It Means to Eat Fresh in Ayurveda Ayurveda states that our meals must be as fresh as possible to help maintain health and get more prana (life force) from the food. No matter how good a meal is, and … Continue reading

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Chai – the Tasty Indian Tea

Chai – the Tasty Indian Tea Ayurveda recommends that you have a warm drink with your meal to help with digestion. It should be no more than a cup. At the end of a meal a cup of lassi (see … Continue reading

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Tips to Avoid GMO

Tips to Avoid GMO Genetic Engineering or Genetic Modification of food involves the laboratory process of artificially inserting genes into the DNA of food, crops, or animals. The result is called a genetically modified organism or GMO. GMOs can be … Continue reading

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Myth about Vegetarianism and Anemia

Myth about Vegetarianism and Anemia It is said that we live at the time of information. Tons of information are poured over on us every day. But information is different than knowledge. Knowledge is information we proved to be true, … Continue reading

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Pitta Season

Pitta Season The three Ayurvedic Seasons, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, change each other in everlasting cycle. In India there are six seasons; we here have only four, and they can be divided between the three doshas as following: Vata: Fall … Continue reading

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Four Days Cleansing Diet

Four Days Cleansing Diet This is a simple but effective cleansing diet first used by Seneca Indians. Day 1 : Eat only fruit. All kind of fruit will work except bananas. Suggestions: watermelon, pears, peaches, apples, berries, cherries, oranges, grapefruit, … Continue reading

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How to Choose Food

How to Choose Food   The rule of thumb in Ayurveda is: any diet is supposed to promote self-development. If our food choices  improve our concentration on the positive, and make us open and friendly they are good for us. … Continue reading

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Twenty Ways Ginger Can Serve You

Twenty Ways Ginger Can Serve You Ginger almost needs no introduction. This universal medicine can be given almost to everyone and will have at least one benefit. Dry ginger controls and balances all three doshas, although in excess it may … Continue reading

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Cow Products

Cow Products There are five kinds of products the cow offers to us: milk, butter, yogurt, urine and dung. All of them have a great healing potency. In ancient times, rishis would put a combination of all those products into … Continue reading

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Non-Animal Protein

Non-Animal Protein All foods that we eat have some combination of the three universal powers (gunas): sattva, rajas, and tamas. Ayurvedic knowledge states that according to its dominant principle our food can be blissful, impassioned, or ignorant. You can find … Continue reading

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The Nightshade Family

The Nightshade Family The nightshade family of vegetables includes tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, chili peppers, white potatoes, and tobacco. They are called so because they grow at night, absorbing “deadly night energies”. Ayurveda says they should be avoided or minimized … Continue reading

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How Food affects the Mind (Sattvic, Rajasic and Tamasic Food)

How Food affects the Mind (Sattvic, Rajasic  and Tamasic Food) Food not only nourishes the body, it affects the mind and consciousness as well. As our physical constitution is characterized by different proportions of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, we also … Continue reading

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Proper Digestion through Orderly Eating

Proper Digestion through Orderly Eating The order in which we eat our food is usually overlooked, although it is crucial to good digestion. If we begin by eating an item that takes a long time to be digested and then … Continue reading

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Why Calorie Counting Doesn’t Make Sense in Ayurveda

Why Calorie Counting Doesn’t Make Sense in Ayurveda It’s so attractive to think that consuming of a certain amount of calories per day could keep us fit and healthy. Unfortunately this mechanical approach is wrong. It is based on the … Continue reading

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Ayurveda on Grains

Ayurveda on Grains Grains and vegetables should form the basis of a healthy diet. Grains are a very balancing food for all constitutions in proper amount. The Kapha type should make sure not to overeat them but Vatas and Pittas … Continue reading

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Wild Oregano Oil – the Mediterranean Miracle

Wild Oregano Oil – the Mediterranean Miracle What qualities do we look for in a remedy? It must be effective, which means our disease must be cured without side effects. The second desirable quality is: it must be affordable, which … Continue reading

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Cook your Food with Love

Cook your Food with Love The preparation of food is an art, but even if you are not the best cook, there are things you can do to improve the nutritional value and enjoyment of the food you prepare. Ayurveda … Continue reading

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Acne – the Pitta Imbalance

Acne – the Pitta Imbalance Acne vulgaris or cystic acne is large pimples, which show a Pitta or Kapha imbalance. It is aggravated by overconsumption of sweets, fats, oils, red meat, seafood, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco, as well as emotional … Continue reading

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Food List for the Kapha Person

Food List for the Kapha Person Best – consume freely Good – 2 – 3 servings daily Fair – 1 – 2 servings daily Allowed occasionally – 3 – 4 servings weekly Avoid – 1 – 2 servings weekly Eliminate … Continue reading

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Food List for the Pitta Person

Food List for the Pitta Person Best –   consume freely Good – 2 – 3 servings daily Fair -     1 – 2 servings daily Allowed occasionally – 3 – 4 servings weekly Avoid – 1 – 2 servings weekly Eliminate … Continue reading

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Food List for the Vata Person

Food List for the Vata Person Best –   consume freely Good – 2 – 3 servings daily Fair -     1 – 2 servings daily Allowed occasionally – 3 – 4 servings weekly Avoid – 1 – 2 servings weekly Eliminate … Continue reading

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Triphala – an Ayurvedic Panacea

Triphala – an Ayurvedic Panacea “When in doubt, give Triphala” could easily be the Ayurvedic motto. Triphala (Trifala), which means the three fruits, is one of the main Ayurvedic compounds. It can be used to shampoo the hair or wash … Continue reading

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Dairy products in Ayurveda

Dairy products in Ayurveda Ayurvedic diet is not about eating Indian food. It is about understanding the energy of food. Western food can be Ayurvedic when eaten in accordance with your constitution (Dosha); season; time of day; and in proper … Continue reading

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Lassi – Yogurt that is Good for You

Lassi – Yogurt that is Good for You From Ayurvedic point of view yogurt is heavy and mucus forming, not the weight reducing food it is fought to be. Especially unhealthy is yogurt when eaten cold and with fruits or … Continue reading

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Raw or Cooked?

Raw or Cooked? Yoga’s and Ayurveda’s recommendations about eating raw food seem to be opposed but only at first sight. Ayurveda generally does not recommend raw food for a long term diet but only for short term detoxification. That is … Continue reading

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Sweet or Bitter

Sweet or Bitter The Ayurvedic diagnosis of disease is based on the three Doshas (see What is Ayurveda; Dosha test; Portrait of Vata, Pitta and Kapha). In treatment of diseases,   the Six tastes are used (see Six tastes). Each taste … Continue reading

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We Are What We Eat

We Are What We Eat According to Ayurveda, the food that is eaten is divided threefold. The gross part becomes excrement. The middle part becomes flesh. The subtle part becomes the mind… The water that is drunk is divided threefold. … Continue reading

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Rasayana – Ayurvedic Rejuvenation

Rasayana – Ayurvedic Rejuvenation The word for rejuvenation in Ayurveda is Rasayana. After your body is prepared by Panchakarma or another type of detoxification, for example: Kitchari diet you can take Rasayana – collection of herbs that nourish and rejuvenate. … Continue reading

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Five Things to Get Your Memory Back

Five Things to Get Your Memory Back Everyone can occasionally forget where he or she has parked the car, but if your forgetfulness makes you frustrated, the following recommendations will help you improve your memory: 1.    A five day Kitchary … Continue reading

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Kitchari – Your Body’s Reset Button

Kitchari – Your Body’s Reset Button Kitchari (Kicheri, Kichadi, Khichari), a soupy porridge made from rice and mung beans, is used to purify digestion and cleanse systemic toxins. Ayurvedic physicians often prescribe a kitchari diet before, during, and after panchakarma, … Continue reading

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Fast Food And Ayurveda.

Fast Food And Ayurveda. We are what we eat. How much of each dosha our body produces depends on which of the Six Tastes we consume. Well digested food satisfies the body long after the initial rush of pleasure as it nourishes … Continue reading

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Ayurvedic Food Combinations:

Ayurvedic Food Combinations: According to Ayurveda, every food has its own taste, a heating or cooling energy, and post-digestive effect. When food with different energies is combined together, agni (digestive fire) can become weak, resulting in production of toxins. Combining … Continue reading

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Ghee – clarified butter.

Ghee – clarified butter. Since I started making Ghee from butter, all meals I cook taste delicious, my 12 year old daughter eats better, and all my friends ask me about the secret ingredient which makes even a simple dish … Continue reading

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Spice Therapy, Six Tastes.

Spice therapy, six tastes In Ayurveda, foods are classified into six tastes –sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Many foods have more than one taste–Turmeric, for example, contains three–bitter, pungent and astringent. Ayurvedic healers recommend that you include all … Continue reading

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Ayurvedic Diet and Eating Habits

Ayurvedic Diet and Eating habits Ayurveda teaches that food is medicine when used correctly. If you eat right, you won’t need medicine, if not then no medicine can help you. All foods and beverages are imprinted with a vital memory. … Continue reading

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