Whenever I mention Ayurveda, people immediately think of ghee, kitchari and turmeric-laced curries. That’s because Ayurveda came from India, so naturally Indian culture is infused into Ayurveda.
But it is not necessary to mimic the Indian culture to receive the benefits of Ayurveda. Ayurveda has universal principles that can be applied to every cuisine. Once you understand food energetics, all food becomes medicine and can be a powerful force for promoting balance and healing.
Furthermore, an Ayurveda diet is much more than what foods you should eat or avoid. Of equal importance is consideration to the timing of your meals, the combinations of your foods, the quantity of foods and the state of mind while eating. But don’t stress out. Ayurveda is all about balance. It’s not about adhering to a rigid protocol. There should be room for fun in your life. Ayurveda practitioners can help you with finding an antidote for just about anything, so you can still have your guilty pleasures – in moderation!
In this recipe for Endive with Honeyed Goat Cheese from The Essential Ayurvedic Cookbook, I have paired goat cheese (which is cool and heavy) with endive (light, warm) and honey (heating) and cayenne (heating). It’s a light, healthy and tasty alternative for the holiday season!
Pairing cold, heavy cheese with light endive and warming honey and cayenne makes for a compatible food combination. Made with goat cheese, this snack is best for vata and pitta; made with fresh paneer, it is tridoshic.
There are more great recipes and tips for staying in balance in my book. Enter to win your own free copy of The Essential Ayurveda Cookbook below. And the next time someone says Ayurveda, think ‘balance’.
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