• This Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe Is the Perfect Answer to a Chilly Fall Day
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    • October 19, 2021
    This Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe Is the Perfect Answer to a Chilly Fall Day

    Make your pumpkin spice latte a healthy, guilt-free treat with this simple, fun, Ayurvedic drink recipe for vata season.

  • 3 Mucuna Recipes to Tap into Your Inner Happiness
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    • October 13, 2021
    3 Mucuna Recipes to Tap into Your Inner Happiness

    These tasty recipes incorporate mucuna into pantry staples you can use in a variety of ways, morning, noon, and night—like a happy pill you take with your meals.

  • Stay Warm with This Winter Elixir Drink Recipe
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    • January 22, 2021
    Stay Warm with This Winter Elixir Drink Recipe

    This warming winter elixir drink recipe will boost your digestive fire while you melt away any excess kapha. It's the ideal drink to enjoy on a chilly winter day.

  • Warming Winter Recipe: Curried Coconut Root Vegetables
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    • December 29, 2020
    Warming Winter Recipe: Curried Coconut Root Vegetables

    The qualities of a vegetable are important to be aware of when cooking food since we are bringing those qualities into our bodies. These curried root vegetables make for a grounding and balancing meal.

  • Cauliflower Pumpkin Soup Recipe for Cozy Winter Days
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    • December 18, 2020
    Cauliflower Pumpkin Soup Recipe for Cozy Winter Days

    In this vibrant and soul-satisfying soup, pumpkin moves out of its typically sweet role alongside rich and creamy cauliflower for maximum warmth and nourishment.

  • Seasonal Recipe: Spice It up with Pippali Gingersnaps
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    • November 17, 2020
    Seasonal Recipe: Spice It up with Pippali Gingersnaps

    An Ayurvedic take on the classic gingersnap cookie, this recipe provides a fun opportunity to play with spices and treat yourself to some delectable sweets! 

  • 3 Ways to Spice Up Your Diet with Garam Masala
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    • November 11, 2020
    3 Ways to Spice Up Your Diet with Garam Masala

    One of the best things about Garam Masala is its versatility. Check out three very different recipes to get excited about the newest addition to your spice rack.

  • Make Your Own Almond Milk [video]
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    • April 13, 2020
    Make Your Own Almond Milk [video]

    Almond milk deeply nurtures all the tissues of the body. Making it yourself is surprisingly easy and a great way to harness almond milk’s vitality or prana. 

  • Ginger Tulsi Almond Smoothie Recipe
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    • March 18, 2020
    Ginger Tulsi Almond Smoothie Recipe

    This tasty smoothie with tulsi and ginger is perfect for de-cluttering the mind, soothing the nerves, supporting healthy energy, and helping you feel amazing.

  • Savory Beet Dal: An Ayurvedic Recipe to Ease Into Fall
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    • October 09, 2019
    Savory Beet Dal: An Ayurvedic Recipe to Ease Into Fall

    This beet dal recipe is nourishing, grounding, and warming—all of the best things for vata! Learn the full ingredients, instructions, and the role taste plays in balancing the doshas.

  • Vata-Balancing Energy Bars Recipe
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    • October 03, 2019
    Vata-Balancing Energy Bars Recipe

    Vata season is all about staying grounded. These yummy energy bars have the vata balancing qualities of being warm, wet, heavy, and stable. They are also vegan, dairy free, and gluten free.

  • Seasonal Recipe: Curried Yam & Toor Dal Soup
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    • November 08, 2018
    Seasonal Recipe: Curried Yam & Toor Dal Soup

    Learn this fresh new recipe for toor dal! Called pigeon peas in English, this legume does not often get the attention it deserves. One reason could be the time it takes to cook them; however, the flavor and nutrients are worth it. And with a good soak or a pressure cooker, they’re ready to eat in no time at all. This recipe easily transforms from a creamy, heavy soup to a light dal, which can be served over your favorite grain, perhaps with a veggie or a freshly made relish to add an array of qualities.

  • Nourishing Curried Lentil Soup
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    • October 09, 2018
    Nourishing Curried Lentil Soup

    Red lentils (masoor dal) are packed with protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Harness these benefits with this easy, tasty curried lentil soup recipe. 

  • Garlic Chili Soba Noodles
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    • November 02, 2017
    Garlic Chili Soba Noodles

    Yay autumn! Even though I love the summer, autumn definitely comes in a close second. And after the heat of the summer, I really look forward to this time of year. With the weather starting to cool, I naturally want more warmth. And I know that we are transitioning into vata season simply by what my body is craving. All I have to do is pay attention and listen.

  • 3-Herbed Kitchari with a Dollop of Yogurt
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    • October 12, 2017
    3-Herbed Kitchari with a Dollop of Yogurt

    As the days get shorter and we nestle into the cool autumn season, stews come to mind, rich, creamy stews that satisfy the robust agni that is stimulated by the fall. A hearty green mung bean, greens, and aromatic herb kitchari makes a delicious meal this time of year.

  • Sweet Potato Sabji Recipe
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    • April 26, 2017
    Sweet Potato Sabji Recipe

    In this recipe, we are utilizing sweet potatoes—one of the best vegetables for vata dosha. The best part? It takes a grand total of 15 minutes to make. Share this recipe with your friends and family, and embrace everything that transitions offer.

  • Simple Split Mung Dal
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    • December 28, 2016
    Simple Split Mung Dal

    This split mung dal recipe is super simple and easy to make. When made in a pressure cooker it takes about twenty minutes, tops (and that includes the prep!). When cooking in a pot, it takes about 30–40 minutes.

  • Vata-Pacifying Recipe: Baby Bok Choy
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    • December 05, 2016
    Vata-Pacifying Recipe: Baby Bok Choy

    Bok choy is packed with all the good stuff that not only makes us feel good, but is also super supportive for a healthy body, too. Well-cooked green veggies, like bok choy, are also great for vata.

  • Vata-Pacifying Recipe: Date Rolls
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    • November 03, 2016
    Vata-Pacifying Recipe: Date Rolls

    Here’s a SUPER simple and yummy recipe. It’s filled with warming spices that are rolled into dates, making the perfect afternoon snack. Bon appetite!

  • Vata-Pacifying Recipe: Crock Pot Oatmeal
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    • October 19, 2016
    Vata-Pacifying Recipe: Crock Pot Oatmeal

    This breakfast recipe is ideal for the transition of the seasons. With the winds picking up and the mornings becoming cooler, oatmeal is a nourishing and grounding way to start the day.

  • Vata-Pacifying Recipe: Easy & Fast Butternut Squash Soup
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    • December 05, 2015
    Vata-Pacifying Recipe: Easy & Fast Butternut Squash Soup

    Soups is a great meal for the winter months. Super simple and grounding, it is perfect for this time of year! Enjoy this delicious soup any time of day as you savor the cooler temperatures and favor the warmer foods! 

  • Vata Balancing Kitchari
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    • October 11, 2012
    Vata Balancing Kitchari

    This kitchari for vata incorporates warming, grounding ingredients to bring out kitchari's vata-pacifying qualities and counteract vata's cold, dry qualities.

Vata Recipes

In this collection of blogs, we’ll explore the best recipes for following a vata diet. These vata-balancing recipes use ingredients and cooking methods that are great for preserving moisture, maintaining internal warmth, and supporting proper digestion and elimination.

Vata and Digestion

Vata is one of the three doshas of Ayurveda—energetic life forces that make up the universe and everything in it, including the human body. The elements that vata corresponds with are air and ether (space), and so vata dosha handles many important functions in the body—including the flow of breath, movement, nerve impulses, creative thoughts, and much more.

As it is with each Ayurvedic dosha, diet plays an integral role in balancing vata. Ayurveda teaches that vata dosha in the body resides primarily within the colon. Because of this, excess or imbalanced vata can often manifest in that area, leading to feelings of internal dryness and digestive discomfort.

The time of year when vata is most likely to go out of balance is during what Ayurveda calls “vata season” (fall through early winter). As a result, you’ll see many fall or winter recipes among these articles. That said, vata can go out of balance at other times as well, so we’ll also share vata recipes for summer and other seasons as well.

Vata-Balancing Cooking Ideas

Vata-balancing meals have warm, grounding, nourishing ingredients that help counteract this airy dosha’s cold, dry, mobile, flighty nature. Think freshly cooked, whole foods—soft in texture—that the body can digest with ease.

Forgetting to eat is oftentimes a common trait of vata dosha. The vata breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes shared here can help you not only balance vata through warm spices, nourishing oils, and other helpful ingredients, but can also give you something fun to look forward to with your meals, which can, in turn, help you remember not to skip.

Here are some additional vata-balancing tips:

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

  • Eat sweet foods like grains, fruits, squashes, root veggies, and fresh dairy products
  • Enjoy the sour taste through foods like pickles, lemon juice, and grapefruits
  • Incorporate more natural mineral salt or sea salt into your diet to reap the benefits of the salty taste.

Avoid Tastes that Aggravate Vata.

  • Avoid the pungent taste, taking care with spicy foods like chilies, radishes, raw garlic, raw onion, and exceptionally hot spices.
  • Minimize your intake of the bitter taste and proceed with caution around greens like kale, dandelion, and collards, and with bitter foods like chocolate or coffee.
  • Cut down on foods that have an astringent taste, such as green bananas and pomegranates.

It’s also important to focus on foods that can bring their warming and soothing qualities to balance the dry and cold qualities of vata. Perhaps foremost in this regard are oils and healthy fats, which supply the unctuous quality so often absent when excess vata has accumulated in the body.

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