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  1. Kitchari Spice Mix
    Kitchari Spice Mix

    Traditional Ayurvedic Spice Mix that Supports Digestion

    $9.99
  2. Garam Masala
    Garam Masala

    A Classic Aromatic Spice Mix

    $9.99
  3. Brown Mustard seed
    Brown Mustard seed

    Brassica juncea, whole seed

    $5.99
  4. Fenugreek seed
    Fenugreek seed

    Trigonella foenum-graecum, whole seed

    $6.99
  5. CCF Tea (Cumin, Coriander, Fennel)
    CCF Tea (Cumin, Coriander, Fennel)

    A Three Seed Blend That Promotes Healthy Digestion*

    $11.99
  6. Kitchari Kit
    Kitchari Kit

    All the Basic Supplies to Make Kitchari for 7 Days

    $41.99
  7. Yellow Mung Dal
    Yellow Mung Dal

    Ayurvedic Staple Traditionally Used to Make Kitchari

    $11.99
  8. Green Mung Beans
    Green Mung Beans

    Versatile Legume That Is Easy to Digest

    $11.99
  9. Red Lentils (Masoor Dal)
    Red Lentils (Masoor Dal)

    Nourishing, Quick Cooking, & Simple to Prepare

    $11.99
  10. Toor Dal (Pigeon Peas)
    Toor Dal (Pigeon Peas)

    Nutty Flavored Legume—An Ayurvedic Classic

    $11.99
  11. Urad Dal (Split Black Lentils)
    Urad Dal (Split Black Lentils)

    Subtly Sweet Legume That is Grounding & Nutritious

    Out of stock
  12. Organic Ghee
    Organic Ghee

    Made from 100% Organic Butter from Grass-Fed Cows

    $12.99
  13. Basmati Rice
    Basmati Rice

    Easily Digestible Grain for Healthy Cooking

    $12.99
  14. Salt, Natural Mineral
    Salt, Natural Mineral

    Ancient Pink Salt with 60 Trace Minerals—USA Sourced

    $5.99
  15. Turmeric powder
    Turmeric powder

    Curcuma longa, root powder

    $6.99
  16. Cumin seed
    Cumin seed

    Cuminum cyminum, whole seed

    $5.99
  17. Cumin powder
    Cumin powder

    Cuminum cyminum, seed powder

    $5.99
  18. Coriander seed
    Coriander seed

    Coriandrum sativum, whole seed

    $5.99
  19. Coriander powder
    Coriander powder

    Coriandrum sativum, seed powder

    $5.99
  20. Fennel seed
    Fennel seed

    Foeniculum vulgare, whole seed

    $5.99
  21. Fennel powder
    Fennel powder

    Foeniculum vulgare, seed powder

    $5.99
  22. Cinnamon powder
    Cinnamon powder

    Cinnamomum cassia, bark powder

    $5.99
  23. Cardamom powder
    Cardamom powder

    Elettaria cardamomum, seed powder

    $11.99
  24. Ginger powder
    Ginger powder

    Zingiber officinale, root powder

    $5.99

Ayurvedic Cooking & Organic Spices

There is no shortage of diet recommendations out there. And if you’re looking for a guide to a clean diet, or in Ayurvedic terms, a sattvic diet, Ayurveda offers a unique approach to healthy cooking. Have you ever considered the “energetics” or the qualities of your food? For example, a cucumber is cold, rough, maybe a little bitter, and is eaten raw, whereas a sweet potato can only be eaten after it’s been cooked, and is usually warm, heavy, and dense, especially when adding a little butter or ghee. It leaves us feeling satisfied, satiated. After eating a cucumber, we might still be hungry and craving something heavier, more substantial, especially if you are predominantly vata dosha. This is one way we look at Ayurvedic nutrition—by the qualities of our food and how they influence the doshas. All food can potentially be Ayurvedic food, and by using the best ingredients, healthy spices, and a little Ayurvedic knowledge, in no time at all there will be beautiful sattvic meals coming from your kitchen.

When conjuring an image of an Ayurvedic kitchen, the first thing that may come to mind is a cupboard full of Ayurvedic spices. Whether vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore, spices give our cuisine that special something. Ayurvedically speaking, they also add the qualities we may need to bring our bodies and minds back into balance. They may be warming herbs like cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger or cooling like fennel, coriander, and cumin. It may be a pungent herb like chitrak or bitter like turmeric. Our bodies need all of these tastes and different qualities; however, depending on our special constitution, we may need more of one over another. If you would like more specific information on how this applies to an Ayurvedic diet, you may appreciate taking our Ayurvedic Profile™ quiz.

Spices for the Doshas

Vata dosha is balanced by the tastes of sour, sweet, and salty, whereas the other three tastes—pungent, bitter, and astringent—exacerbates or elevates vata dosha. Some spices that are good for vata dosha are: allspice, basil, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, dill, fennel, garlic, and ginger. For a more complete list, look at our Vata-Pacifying Foods page. Pitta dosha is balanced by sweet, bitter, and astringent. Some balancing herbs for pitta dosha include: fresh basil, coriander, cumin, fennel, mint, neem, parsley, and peppermint. A complete list can be found on the Pitta-Pacifying Foods page. Kapha dosha is balanced by pungent, bitter, and astringent. Among some of the best spices for kapha are: anise, black pepper, cayenne, cloves, fenugreek, mustard seeds, nutmeg, and oregano, and a complete list is on our Kapha-Pacifying Foods page. These lists are by no means definitive, and for a more in-depth look at dosha-balancing diets, you will enjoy our Ayurvedic Diet page, which includes dosha-specific diet guidelines and recipes. Experiment with incorporating some of these ideas into your kitchen and your life.

Banyan Quality

For over 20 years Banyan has been committed to offering the finest quality Ayurvedic herbs and supplements. With a high standard to excellence and living our values, we can assure you that all our herbs must pass all third-party testing for microbials and heavy metals before receiving a stamp of organic certification. We offer a 90-Day Return policy. If, for any reason, you are dissatisfied with your purchase, within 90 days we will gladly refund you for the price of the item. We apologize in advance that we are not able to refund shipping costs. However, free shipping is offered on orders of $60 or more.