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If you’re following an Ayurvedic lifestyle, you should know your constitution (pakruti), whether that be Vata, Pitta, or Kapha.  Then you can choose certain foods that, according to Ayurveda, will help you stay healthy and balance your doshas. 

Below is a salad suggested for each of the constitutions. But I have to admit, some of the combinations are very strange, so feel free to adjust as suit your tastes. The kapha salad is really tasty as is, though.

Salad for Vata

  • 75 g cucumber
  • 25 g bell pepper
  • 50 g carrot
  • 25 g ripe banana
  • 75 mL milk
  • 75 mL water
  • 20 g sugar
Prepare: Chop veggies. Blend banana, milk, water, and sugar. Toss blended mixture over veggies.

Salad for Pitta

  • 100 g cucumber
  • 100 g tomato
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 fresh coconut (or unsweetened coconut flakes)
  • few cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Prepare: Chop veggies into cubes. Grate coconut and add to veggies. Add salt and squeeze lime over. Mix well then garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.

Salad for Kapha

  • 100 g cabbage
  • 20 g fresh coconut (or unsweetened coconut flakes)
  • 5 g green chilies
  • 1/2 lime
  • 20 g cilantro
  • 5 g mustard seeds
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 1 pinch of Hing (Asafoetida) – can be found in Asian grocery stores
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Prepare: Chop raw cabbage, green chilies, and cilantro leaves very finely. Mix cabbage, cilantro, coconut, salt, and lime juice.  Heat oil in a saucepan then add mustard seeds; fry until they pop.  Add green chilies and hing to pan and fry until fragrant.  Then pour hot oil over cabbage and toss together.

 

Ayurvedic cooking is something entirely different, is it not? However strange the recipes sound, the pitta salad is ok if you like cucumbers and tomato and the Kapha salad is actually really good.  And weird as the Vata combination of ingredients are, it’s surprisingly edible.  Let me know if you try any of them, or have any other recipes or ayurvedic cooking tips.

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