The Ayurvedic Dinner Recipe You Should Make, Based on Your Dosha

For the uninitiated, Ayurvedic cooking is the ancient (thousands-of-years-old) Indian practice of healing your body with food. According to the school of thought, there are three different digestive types called doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Eating for your dosha is important (imbalance can lead to poor digestion, anxiety and insomnia—yikes), so we created an ideal recipe for each.

12 Healing Ayurvedic Recipes to Try at Home

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Vata (airy): Easy Indian-inspired Kitchari Bowls

If you're a vata, you tend to have a thinner build, dry skin, a cool body temperature and sensitive digestion. Your energy comes in bursts; you’re creative and a great conversationalist. To maintain balance, you need warm, nourishing food with plenty of fat and warm spices. Easy Indian-inspired kitchari-inspired bowls are just the ticket: Lentils, rice and a dollop of rich coconut yogurt will sustain you.

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Pitta (firey): Easy One-pot Lentil Kielbasa Soup

Out of the three doshas, you have the strongest appetite and digestion. Cold weather doesn’t bother you and you just might run a marathon at the drop of a hat. Although you can eat pretty much anything, make sure to nosh on plenty of veggies and steer clear of anything too heavy (no French fries, please). Try easy one-pot lentil kielbasa soup, packed with broccoli rabe, celery, carrots and tomatoes. 

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Kapha (earthy): Roasted Tandoori Cauliflower Bowls

You’re blessed with smooth, radiant skin, a strong, solid build and the ability to sleep soundly. You thrive on calm activity and routine (hellooo, Netflix and PJ’s). You have a tendency to want a second helping, so a warm, light and dry meal is on the menu. Roasted tandoori cauliflower bowls, full of crispy flavorful florets, will satisfy you but won’t weigh you down.


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From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?