Healthy Recipes

Ayurveda 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.

Indian Okra Subji

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.

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Cucumber Raita

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...

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Authentic Lebanese Tabouli

Enjoy this whole grain salad made with bulgur wheat, ripe summer tomatoes, and delicious garden herbs. Naturally cooling with solid nutrition!

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Ayurvedic Matar Paneer

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.

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Cumin Coriander Fennel Tea

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.

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Beets & Greens

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.

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Baked Tofu

This simple way of fixing tofu is one of my favorites with much versatility in how it can be used. 

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Cilantro Chutney

This is a lovely mild and flavorful Cilantro Chutney that has many uses, including being a cooling food for the summer heat.

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Jamie Durner, Holistic Wellbeing CoachAs a Wellbeing Coach, I know the importance of food in creating health.  As an Ayurveda Practitioner, I know that different foods have different impacts on you as an individual.  I promote a whole foods diet and help cue you as to how the recipes will affect the vata, pitta and kapha doshas so you can support your own needs.  But even if you don’t know about the doshas or Ayurveda, you can use these recipes to add new variety, try out vegetarian main meals, and expand your definition of what a healthy treat might be!

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.

If you find modifications that are awesome, please share in the comment section.

If you’ve got a fabulous recipe you’d love to share, send it to me!