• Cooling Cucumber-Avocado Salad Recipe for Summertime
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    • July 08, 2021
    Cooling Cucumber-Avocado Salad Recipe for Summertime

    Chill out with this cooling, calming recipe—created with summertime balance in mind. It's the perfect pitta-soothing side dish for just about any summer meal! 

  • Simple Sweet or Savory Coconut Rice Recipes, Perfect for Summer
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    • June 16, 2021
    Simple Sweet or Savory Coconut Rice Recipes, Perfect for Summer

    This twist on classic Thai coconut rice uses coconut water instead of milk, basmati rice instead of jasmine, and other cooling additions perfect for summertime.

  • 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.

  • Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Coconut Ginger Truffles
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    • August 11, 2020
    Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Coconut Ginger Truffles

    These coconut truffles are SUPER fun and balancing for pitta. They're made with a base of coconut, which is great for the summer because of its cooling nature.

  • Satisfying Kitchari Recipe for Hungry Pitta Bellies
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    • August 20, 2019
    Satisfying Kitchari Recipe for Hungry Pitta Bellies

    This recipe is perfect for the end of the summer to release excess heat that builds up during the hot months, or any time of year you want to reset your gut, cool and nourish your body, and upgrade your overall health.

  • Summer Teas, Tonics, and Coolers, Plus Recipes!
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    • July 30, 2019
    Summer Teas, Tonics, and Coolers, Plus Recipes!

    Summer is a relaxed time of taking it easy and cooling our rising pitta by the pool. This is the perfect time of year for getting creative and exploring the world of herbal teas, tonics, and coolers!

  • Summertime Hibiscus Tulsi Cooler Recipe to Balance Pitta
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    • August 24, 2018
    Summertime Hibiscus Tulsi Cooler Recipe to Balance Pitta

    Sweet, bitter, and astringent, this hibiscus cooler is a refreshing and restorative tonic for pitta dosha and a perfect drink to enjoy on the dog days of summer.

  • Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Zesty Arugula Pesto
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    • June 23, 2017
    Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Zesty Arugula Pesto

    Arugula's bitterness is so great for the pitta that is coming with the warmer months. Greens are important to incorporate into our diet. They are great for detoxing our livers and aiding in the removal of built up toxins.

  • Summer Recipe: Sweet Corn Curry
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    • June 16, 2017
    Summer Recipe: Sweet Corn Curry

    Corn is the perfect sweet vegetable for the warmer months. The warming spices in this tasty dish help with digestion, and the corn is the perfect sweetness for balancing pitta! 

  • Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Raw Zucchini & Mint Walnut Pesto
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    • May 23, 2017
    Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Raw Zucchini & Mint Walnut Pesto

    Light and fresh, Raw Zucchini Noodles with Mint Walnut Pesto is a revitalizing springtime and summer dish. In this season of heavy humid air, your body craves the cool refreshment this meal provides. This meal pacifies both pitta and kapha and will keep internal heat balanced and support clear, uncongested breathing.

  • Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Simple Cucumber Raita
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    • August 11, 2016
    Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Simple Cucumber Raita

    One of my favorite summer recipes is this cucumber raita. My mom would make it all the time as an extra dip to have with dinner. It’s very similar to Tzatziki sauce, but with an Indian twist.

  • Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Tahini Soba Noodle Bowl
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    • July 20, 2016
    Pitta-Pacifying Recipe: Tahini Soba Noodle Bowl

    I packed this noodle bowl with veggies and avocado, and then topped it off with a tahini sauce and sesame seeds. I mean, what's not to love?! 

  • Pitta Soothing Tea
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    • July 09, 2015
    Pitta Soothing Tea

    Cucumber water is getting boring. Mint and lime are delicious, but overdone. I have been craving something…more. A little more body, a little more flavor, something to really cool me down. Luckily, I came across Amadea Morningstar’s Pitta Soothing Tea recipe at exactly the right time.

Pitta Recipes

There is an Ayurvedic proverb that states, “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” Incorporating a dosha-balancing diet into your life with meals and recipes that are appropriate for your unique body can be one of the most basic and effective ways to find balance, health, and well-being.

In Ayurveda, pitta is said to be made up of the elements of fire and water—it is related to all things hot, fiery, and intense. Having a healthy amount of pitta dosha in one’s constitution can be a great gift, as it supports qualities such as determination, focus, clarity, decisiveness, and purposeful action.

However, when there is too much heat and fire that accumulates in the system, it can lead to a pitta imbalance. This type of imbalance can cause physical symptoms such as red and irritated skin, loose stools, burning indigestion, and sleeplessness, as well as emotional imbalances like anger, frustration, criticism, and impatience.

Because the summer season shares the hot, fiery qualities of pitta, it’s especially important to pay attention to this dosha during this time of year and bring balance through diet, herbs, and lifestyle practices that are cooling and soothing. And for those who tend towards a pitta-dominant constitution, an Ayurveda pitta diet can be incorporated throughout the year.

Ayurveda has plenty to offer when it comes to finding pitta-balancing foods and delicious, nutritious pitta body type recipes. To balance out the hot qualities of pitta, it’s important to incorporate cooling and soothing foods, spices, and herbs. Think things like cucumbers, melons, coconut, cilantro, and mint.

As you dive into these Ayurvedic recipes for pitta, you will find a variety of delicious meals to enjoy throughout the day—options for a pitta breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as tasty snacks, drinks, and teas. If you’re looking for a kitchari recipe for pitta, look no further! If you’re craving a soothing summertime cooler or a pitta-friendly dessert, you will find it here.

Learning to follow an Ayurvedic diet and incorporate the foods and herbs that are appropriate for your dosha can take some effort and willpower at first, but it doesn’t need to be a difficult or challenging process. Within the general dietary guidelines for each dosha there is a vast array of options and countless combinations of ingredients to keep your meals exciting and fun.

So stock up on your favorite fresh, cooling ingredients, carve out some time in your kitchen, and get cooking! Give yourself permission to experiment and play—remember that Ayurveda is a journey of discovery and mistakes are a part of the process as we find our way towards greater balance.

Over time, the small changes will begin to make a big difference in the way you feel, and it will get easier and easier to incorporate an Ayurvedic diet that is nourishing, satisfying, and just right for you!

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