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Almond Khir Recipe

© 1994, 2012 Excerpted with permission from Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Usha and Dr. Vasant Lad Serves 4 Charole nuts are a small tasty, Indian nut. In India, sweets are made with granulated jaggery, which is a natural, unprocessed sugar from sugar cane juice. Sucanat and turbinado sugars are good substitutes. Kapha needs to […]

Cilantro Chutney (Coriander Chutney) Recipe

© 1994, Excerpted with permission from Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Usha and Dr. Vasant Lad Makes approximately 2 cups Doshic Notes Vata :: Balancing Pitta :: Balancing Kapha :: Balancing Ingredients 3 cups fresh cilantro 1 cup water 1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut 1/2 small green chili, chopped 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, […]

Ayurvedic Chapati Recipe

from Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Usha and Vasant Lad Makes approximately 1 dozen chapatis Laxmi is Indian whole wheat flour and has a grainy texture. It can be purchased at Indian grocery stores. You may use whole wheat pastry flour in place of chapati flour. Doshic Notes Tridosha balancing Vata = Pitta = Kapha […]

Agni Tea Recipe

The first definition of agni is the element of Fire, the second of the five elements in the body. It also denotes the digestive fire which regulates temperature, performs digestion, absorption, and assimilation of ingested food, and transforms food into energy or consciousness. Agni Tea is a simple beverage that helps to regulate and stimulate […]

Ayurvedic Carrot Soup Recipe

Serves 4 – 6 Although this soup is tridoshic, carrots can be a little heating to pitta as can the ginger. The cooling qualites of the coconut milk mitigate the heating qualities of the carrots and ginger. The sweet flavors of the sugar and crystalized ginger also help reduce the heat. Doshic Notes Vata – […]

Carrot Subji Recipe

© 1994, Excerpted with permission from Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing by Usha and Dr. Vasant Lad Serves 4 The Qualities of Carrots Carrots have many qualities—sweet, bitter, pungent, heating, light, sharp. For pitta, go easy on the chili, garlic, mustard seeds, and hing and eat in moderation. Cooked carrots are sweet and heating with a […]


Detoxifying Ayurveda Kitchari CleanseKitchari means mixture, usually of two grains. This is one kitchari recipe that is particularly nourishing and easy to digest. Please note the options below for some alternatives and, after the recipe, read more about this ancient dish. Options Vegetables such as zucchini, asparagus, sweet potato For Vata or Kapha conditions: add a pinch of ginger powder For Pitta: leave out […]

Ayurvedic Food Combining

by Usha and Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MAScIt is no surprise to see on the market today so many digestive and dietary aids for the stomach, along with pills for gas and indigestion. Most of these conditions likely begin with poor food combining. This is a subject of much debate amid the growing concern about diet […]

The Daily Routine

A daily routine is absolutely necessary to bring radical change in body, mind, and consciousness. Routine helps to establish balance in one’s constitution. It also regularizes a person’s biological clock, aids digestion, absorption and assimilation, and generates self-esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity. 1. Wake Up Early in the Morning It is good to wake […]

Ayurveda: A Brief Introduction And Guide

Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in […]