Healthy RecipesAyurveda Inspired Pitta Recipes
Cooling foods to counter the heated Pitta Dosha
These recipes are balancing or neutral to those with a Pitta constitution, during the Pitta hot season, and those people who are experiencing a Pitta imbalance from having too much of the Pitta life force in their body-mind.
What balances Pitta?
Pitta by nature is hot, light, sharp and slightly moist. In Ayurveda, we recognize that things of a similar nature will increase the dosha while substances of an opposite nature will help restore balance.
As such, Pitta recipes will favor cooling foods that are mildly spiced, are balanced in their ratio or moist versus dry, and are grounding and heavier in nature. Of all the doshas, one high in Pitta can enjoy more raw foods as long as the digestive fire in strong enough to process them.
A nutrient-dense vegetable sauce for a lighter alternative than oil based sauces.read more
This tasty and filling recipe using a healthier whole form of wheat – bulgur.read more
Cooked fruit with a granola and coconut topping make up this simple crumble.read more
A simple juice to make at home to cool off general heat, lower the pitta dosha, clean the blood and detox heavy metals.read more
A versatile plant based patty to eat as a sandwich, with sides, or as part of a main meal salad.read more
Summer vegetable sauté with green beans, squash and tomatoes makes a tasty and refreshing side dish that can be eaten warm or at room temperature.read more
A snack full of healthy fats with seeds, nuts and ghee.read more
Guacamole is a versatile dip that lowers vata and pitta and slightly increases kapha.read more
This drink is a natural energy drink designed to boost vitality at the core level of ojas.read more
Ghee is a simple oil to make that is wonderful for cooking and has many healing benefits that will make you want to add it into your daily diet. This month of February I've dedicated to different ways to give yourself more self love while increasing your overall...read more
A simple way to make a single serving of almond milkread more
A versatile appetizer that you can stuff and spice according to your tastes.read more
Enjoy this healthy and lighter multigrain blueberry bran muffin. For those who want a muffin that isn’t overly sweet and is full of fiber.read more
Unlike the western fried versions, this dish provides the soft and slimy benefits of okra without being either over oily and heavy or completely mushy.read more
This mung bean soup is easy to digest and good for all three doshas.read more
Make your fall and winter breakfast even easier by cooking these healthy steel cut oats in a rice cooker.read more
A light and healthy quinoa and avocado salad – perfect for the summer season to naturally cool you off.read more
Raita is a delicious condiment in which yogurt is the main ingredient. In Ayurveda, yogurt by itself is sour, heating and difficult to digest. However, when yogurt is watered down and spiced, as in a lassi, or spiced and taken in small quantities with a meal, it...read more
Enjoy this whole grain salad made with bulgur wheat, ripe summer tomatoes, and delicious garden herbs. Naturally cooling with solid nutrition!read more
Summer in Ayurveda is the Pitta season which is dominated by heat. To balance this life-force in your body and mind, Ayurveda uses cooling foods. A great way to take the edge off the excess heat, in addition to Pitta balancing lifestyle practices, is through your...read more
In Ayurveda, summer season is the west is considered to be the pitta season dominated by the quality of heat. Likely you made natural adjustments to balancing this heat by wearing cooler clothes, drinking cooler beverages, spending time in cooling water. ' You get...read more
Lassi is a digestive supporting drink used in Ayurveda.read more
A tridoshic balancing yogurt drink to support digestive health and especially balancing for the pitta dosha in the summer hot months.read more
This is a spin off of Mater Paneer, a popular dish in Indian cuisine using fresh cheese and peas in a tomato based sauce with a garam masala spice mix.read more
How to make paneer at homeread more
This creamy soup is perfect for fall, using a nice combination of grounding root vegetables.read more
A lovely tea that is good for all constitutional body types and is a great general digestive tea as well as provides gentle detoxification support.read more
These energy balls make a tasty dessert or snack.read more
These are simple, tasty and gluten free. A healthy option that is always popular with the crowd.read more
One of my favorite summer salads for myself and for taking to potlucks.read more
A yummy natural pairing of beets with their greens – a part that is often left off but so full of nutrients and the astringent and bitter tastes which are needed in our diet.read more
A great summer recipe when the zucchini plant is bursting with abundance.read more
A lighter alternative to keep kapha in balance instead of the classical pancake reciperead more
Chapati is a traditional flatbread bread from India that makes a good alternative to the more processed and yeasted bread options.read more
A tridoshic option to celebrate the holidays in a balanced way.read more
A vata balancing soup that is made of grounding root vegetablesread more
A lighter and drier oat option that is balanced with coconut oil and almond butter.read more
This simple way of fixing tofu is one of my favorites with much versatility in how it can be used.read more
Add these simple ingredients to water or with other drinks to cool you off.read more
This simple recipe using sprouted grain breads makes for a lighter and healthier alternative for a sweet breakfast.read more
This stew is a wonderful dish for fall or winter chock full of vegetables and full of flavor.read more
A fast and simple protein packed sauceread more
A butternut squash soup with a dollop of curry.read more
A hearty, filling and flavorful soup perfect for the cool fall and winter seasons.read more
This light and lovely dish of spiced apples and pears can be either a snack or a simple dessert.read more
A simple oven roasted side dishread more
A lovely curried legume dish made easier with the use of a crockpot.read more
This Ayurveda savory snack mix provides a nice balancing alternative to commonly sweet trail mixes for kapha dosha.read more
A great hot cereal for kapha needs.read more
A fast, nutritious cooked cereal that is tridoshic and perfect for cool mornings.read more
I don’t love to cook, but I make time to cook as part of my daily sadhana and strive to find recipes that are easy, quick and fit into a busy life. Recognizing that we live in a complex world with many demands, I don’t expect myself or my clients to be any kind of diet purest, skip desserts, or eat tasteless “health” foods. If you’re mind and heart aren’t happy eating the food, even if it is the healthiest in the world, it isn’t going to fill you up.
I invite you to find your yummy foods with recipes that meet your unique bodymind needs.
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