Kapha-Pacifying Recipe: Fruit Crumble
0 Vata, - Pitta, - Kapha
- 4 cups fruit: apples, apricots, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, pears, or mangos
- 2 cups apple juice
- ¼ cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon coriander powder
- ⅛–¼ teaspoon dry ginger powder
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2–4 tablespoons honey (optional) or apple concentrate
Topping: 1 cup fruit juice sweetened health-oriented brand of granola, and 1 tablespoon shredded unsweetened coconut.
Wash fruit. Berries can be used whole; other fruit, chop into 1 inch pieces; measure. Pour apple juice into medium-sized saucepan; heat on medium. Put chopped fruit, raisins, and cinnamon and apple juice in saucepan, cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Add coriander, ginger, lemon juice, and honey; stir. Spoon into individual serving bowls and top with granola and coconut. Serve hot or cooled.
Comments: Vata and pitta can eat this with warm fruit juice; kapha as it is served here. I work with many people of kapha constitution who love sweets but who find that most sweets imbalance them. This recipe is an exception to the rule, in that it calms kapha as it calms the sweet tooth as well. Use the higher amount of ginger powder if you a cooking for kapha or vata, the smaller amount for pitta, as it is quite warming.
While fruit and grains are typically considered a poor food combination, oats are a particularly light grain and are generally quite digestible. The taste profile of oats also has a lot in common with these particular fruits, which makes them more compatible.