• Kapha-Balancing Fruit Crumble Recipe
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    • 2 days ago
    Kapha-Balancing Fruit Crumble Recipe

    For a sweet recipe that also calms the sweet tooth, try this fruit crumble by Amadea Morningstar, which can be customized to balance vata, pitta, or kapha. 

  • Summer Recipe: Kale Quinoa Salad with Zesty Vinaigrette
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    • June 08, 2021
    Summer Recipe: Kale Quinoa Salad with Zesty Vinaigrette

    This zesty tamari-sesame vinaigrette will add irresistible pizazz to your salad and balance all doshas, making it an ideal Ayurvedic meal for the summertime.

  • Seasonal Recipe: Sattvic Green Soup for Spring
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    • April 15, 2021
    Seasonal Recipe: Sattvic Green Soup for Spring

    This simple sattvic soup blends spring’s vibrant asparagus, bright bitter greens, and hints of warming spices to leave you feeling light, clean, and energized.

  • Springtime Rejuvenating Red Dal Recipe
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    • April 05, 2021
    Springtime Rejuvenating Red Dal Recipe

    In this tasty springtime recipe, red dal combines with vibrant, seasonal produce and carefully selected herbal allies to bring new life to your table.

  • Kapha-Balancing Recipe: Red Lentil Lemongrass Soup
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    • January 08, 2021
    Kapha-Balancing Recipe: Red Lentil Lemongrass Soup

    Red lentils cook quickly, nourish all doshas, and go with a variety of seasonings. Here, they're paired with a spicy lemongrass paste ideal for balancing kapha.

  • Spring Dandelion Greens to Balance Kapha
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    • March 31, 2020
    Spring Dandelion Greens to Balance Kapha

    Edible from the root to the tips of the long, jagged leaves, the dandelion is a powerful healer, pleasantly bitter in taste and wonderful for reducing kapha. 

  • Easy Spring Greens Recipe with Kale and Cabbage
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    • April 30, 2019
    Easy Spring Greens Recipe with Kale and Cabbage

    Perfect for spring, this recipe combines greens with spices are not only tasty, but supportive of digestion, and balancing for kapha. And almost as good as this recipe is how little time it takes to make! 

  • Two Delicious Spring Meals for Balancing Kapha
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    • April 09, 2019
    Two Delicious Spring Meals for Balancing Kapha

    Spring, also known as "kapha season," is the time of year when the elements of water and earth are at their highest in the atmosphere. Read this article to learn two simple and fun recipes to keep your kapha balanced during this time of year. 

  • Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Easy Ginger Pickle
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    • January 01, 2019
    Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Easy Ginger Pickle

    This recipe for a super easy ginger pickle will not only give your agni the boost that it may be looking for, but it will also align well with those healthy diet goals you are setting.

  • Red Lentils with Basil Recipe
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    • May 23, 2018
    Red Lentils with Basil Recipe

    Melt ghee in a saucepan and add the spices, cooking for 1 to 2 minutes until the aroma is released. Add salt and red lentils and stir until well coated. Add water and basil. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cover. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the lentils are very soft.

  • Seasonal Recipe: Creamy Greens with Turmeric & Fenugreek
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    • April 19, 2018
    Seasonal Recipe: Creamy Greens with Turmeric & Fenugreek

    This is a great spring dish for all doshas, but especially kapha. The element of fire, or transformation, can help to melt or dry up the mucus-y, wet, cold, and heavy qualities associated with kapha dosha.

  • Simple Yet Elegant Winter Asparagus Soup Recipe
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    • January 30, 2018
    Simple Yet Elegant Winter Asparagus Soup Recipe

    Perfect for a light winter meal, this balanced, nutritious asparagus soup recipe is packed with flavor and filled with spices that will kindle digestion and warm you up.

  • Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Moroccan Quinoa Salad
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    • June 02, 2017
    Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Moroccan Quinoa Salad

    This quinoa and vegetable salad incorporates a lot of great things that are balancing to pitta, but still slightly warm enough to melt away any residual kapha that may be lingering. To top it off, it is super easy to make and ideal for a quick lunch!

  • Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Seaweed & Baby Kale Tabouli
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    • May 18, 2017
    Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Seaweed & Baby Kale Tabouli

    This seaweed and baby kale tabouli recipe has the natural bitters of kale and the refreshing pop of flavor from mint and parsley, making it a perfect meal to enjoy after a workout to help you cool down and reset.

  • Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Dandelion Greens with Lemon and Mint
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    • May 03, 2017
    Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Dandelion Greens with Lemon and Mint

    Dandelion greens are a reliable source and ready to eat each spring, just when we need them most. This meal is a natural detoxifier and supports healthy cholesterol levels by stimulating the gallbladder to release bile. It can be used as part of a spring cleanse or simply enjoyed as a side dish at your next barbecue.

  • Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins
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    • May 25, 2016
    Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

     As soon as I saw rhubarb in the grocery store, I snatched as much as I could! Rhubarb is packed with good vitamins, minerals, and fiber. You really can’t go wrong with this plant.

  • Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Cilantro Chutney
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    • April 14, 2016
    Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Cilantro Chutney

    Try this super easy, super quick, and most importantly super tasty chutney recipe to incorporate into your spring diet. It’s packed with spices that are great for starting to help reset your digestion, as well as cilantro—which has so many benefits in itself.

Kapha Recipes

In this collection of blogs, we'll explore the best kapha-balancing recipes for following a kapha diet.

Like the other doshas, kapha dosha can be greatly impacted by diet. Ayurveda teaches that kapha is the dosha that is most active during the first stage of digestion, when food travels through the mouth and upper stomach and the saliva of the body mixes with food to help digestion.

Experiencing lethargy after eating could be an indication of excessive, or imbalanced, kapha bogging down the digestive tract and keeping food from properly traveling all the way through the necessary channels of digestion.

The time of year when kapha is most likely to become imbalanced is during the late winter and early spring, which Ayurveda calls “kapha season.” This time of year is when moisture and the other qualities of kapha are at their height in the atmosphere. As a result, you’ll see many winter or spring recipes among these articles.

Kapha-Balancing Cooking Ideas

Kapha-balancing meals are ideally whole, freshly cooked foods that are served warm or hot. For best results, they should incorporate light, dry, well-spiced, energetically warming ingredients that have an easy texture for the body to digest.

For example, Ayurveda’s staple meal, kitchari, is balancing for all three doshas and contains basmati rice, yellow mung dal, and various digestive spices. For a kapha kitchari recipe, you might try making it even more balancing for kapha by adding additional warming spices like peppercorns, ginger, and a stick of cinnamon.

Here are a few more ideas to balance kapha:

Favor Kapha-Balancing Tastes. Ayurveda teaches that taste is an incredibly important part of the digestive process. Tastes like the following can help balance kapha right from the start.

  • Eat pungent foods like chilies, radishes, raw garlic, raw onion, and especially heating spices
  • Enjoy the bitter taste through foods like kale, dandelion, or collards, and spices like cumin and turmeric
  • Incorporate more of the astringent taste into your diet by consuming foods like legumes, vegetables, apples, cranberries, green bananas, and pomegranates

Avoid Tastes that Aggravate Kapha.

  • Avoid the sweet taste—take care with sugary sweets, as well as grains, fruits, squashes, root vegetables, and dairy products
  • Minimize your intake of the sour taste and proceed with caution around vinegar, pineapples, grapefruits, and alcohol
  • Cut down on the salty taste by reducing your intake of salt in general.

Another good way to keep kapha balanced is by establishing a consistent meal schedule—especially when planning kapha-balancing breakfast recipes. A consistent breakfast time gives the body adequate time to eat the first meal of the day in a state of mindfulness and gratitude, which goes a long way in helping us feel nourished throughout the day.

In general, kapha does not respond well to snacks, instead preferring the consistent routine of three set meals per day. Since the agni, or digestive fire, is at its strongest around mid-day, from the hours of roughly 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this is an ideal time to eat lunch. Ayurveda recommends making lunch your biggest meal of the day for this reason.

We hope that you enjoy these recipes as much as we have, and that they motivate you to get cooking and stay balanced!

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