A lot of people ask me how exactly do you cook ayurvedic food? Well, if you have a clean and organized kitchen with some staple ingredients on hand its quite easy! You can cook a meal in about 25-30 minutes.
What is Ayurvedic Cooking?
Ayurvedic cooking is learning how to use spices and cooking methods that make the food easy to digest. The food is cooked and prepared in a way that supports the agni (digestive fire). In the summer, when it is hot and the digestive fire is the strongest, we can allow ourselves more raw foods, salads and smoothies because we can break them down easily. In the winter we need heating and gentle consistency foods to kindle our agni, we can eat more soups and spicy things. In the spring we can cleanse by eating lighter or changing our diet into a mono-diet, eating only one thing for 2-3 days to cleanse the body for renewal.
What it is not…
- Strictly indian food
- Vegetarian or vegan
- Anything in a can, box, bag, etc
- Eating on the go
- Using a microwave… Throw it away! It disrupts the vibrational quality of the food.
What it is…
- Eating fresh foods within 24-48 hours of cooking
- Cooking with love and preparing as if your making an offering
- Local, seasonal and organic foods
- Meat is 10% of the diet
- Giving thanks for everything we eat and being mindful with each bite
- Using lots of exotic medicinal spices
It is important that we choose specific foods to balance the elements within us as well as the elements we are putting in pertaining to our constitution. For example, if someone has a pitta (fire) imbalance, then that person would want to eat cooling foods like cucumber, cilantro or fennel. Before we cook or eat we must analyze our current state to make proper food choices. To do so, you can take a doha test here. If we are aware of the elements, then we can heal ourselves through cooking the correct foods. Here are some grocery lists for Pitta, Kapha, and Vata.
I recommend stocking your kitchen with these essentials so you are set up for success!
Ayurvedic Kitchen Essentials
Variety of fresh fruits and veggies
Lemons and limes
|Nuts and Seeds
Basmati rice, white and brown
Split mung dhal
Brown rice syrup
|Basic Spices and Herbs|
Cumin seed, whole, ground
Cardamom, whole, ground
Cinnamon, stick, powder
Garam Masala powder
Knives, cutting boards, pots, pans, utensils, etc
Mortar and Pestle
Spiralizer (not necessary…but fun!)
Go to Food-Co-Ops
Join a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture)
Grow your own food and herb garden
Eat in a peaceful environment, away from electronics and negative conversation
How to cook an ayurvedic meal…
1. Choose your bean or other source of protein and begin cooking that.
2. Choose your grain and begin cooking that.
3. In a skillet make your tardka. This is a blend of whole spices that need to get cooking before you add your veggies.
4. Once your whole spices are popping, add your veggies and saute.
5. Combine your bean, grain, veggies and powdered spices to taste. Enjoy!
Some favorite beginners recipes…
Top Favorite Cookbooks
On a new note, I’m in week two of my Kapha sugar cleanse. I am omitting mostly all high sugar foods out of my diet to lighten up. I’m spicing things up and eating lots of veggies and legumes. My exercise regime is quiet wonderful.
Monday: Vinyasa Flow
Tuesday: Trail running
Thursday: Dancing or Hiking
Lots of people have been asking me about my ayurvedic cleanse protocol. I will start creating the program soon so people can join together and cleanse!
Have an awesome week! And make sure you get wild in that kitchen…shake your booty and twerk it!