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Ayurvedawhaaaa Recipe and Grocery List February 18 to 23

If you cook, you’ve gotta be open to trying anything. Maybe I’m a bit white, and this is a bit too Eat, Pray Love, but for the next 2 weeks, I’m having a go at Ayurvedic recipes. Basically, the recipes until the end of the month are what happens when you endure an episode of Dr. Oz and then happen upon the title The Modern Ayurvedic in Chapters’ cookbook section.

Background: One sad, sad afternoon, I rested on an episode of Dr. Oz (no judgement, but I’d bet there’s a Simpsons episode that features him), for his feature on Ayurvedic medicine. The principle of the medicine, his guest described, is that we’re all connected to the elements in nature – air, fire, water and earth, and we have to maintain a balance between them.

She went on, saying with Ayurveda, everyone’s born with 3 doshas, and 1 is the primary dosha. Vata (air) are the energetic and creative types who get a bit anxious; Pitta (fire) are the leaders, and are great at making decisions, but who get a bit irritable; last, Kapha (earth) are the compassionate type, who often get a bit sluggish. Then, once you know your dosha (take the test to find your dosha), you eat according to it, to find your balance with the elements.

Once Dr. Oz informed me I’m a Vata, I tried a week of his sleep aid – warm milk with tumeric, cinnamon and cardamom, and felt the tired bags disappear from under my eyes. Sold!

Most recipes for Vatas include ginger, tumeric, coriander, and buckets of beans. You can have meat (chicken), but no pork or lamb. The legumes also seem a bit fun – black chickpeas, azuki beans and black lentils.

And yes, this is maybe the most selfish meal plan – all you Pittas and Kaphas are out of luck. But, just look for recipes in the book (which I also found online for free), which have a – sign next to them to find a recipe that’ll work for you.

Meal Plans

Find the recipes in the PDF for The Modern Ayurvedic or support the author and get the eBook.

Monday: Kala Channa in Coconut Sauce (p. 140)

Tuesday: Tandoori Chicken and Rice (p. 161)

Wednesday: Balancing Mung Dal (p. 148)

Thursday: Spiced Buttermilk Curry (p. 214)

Friday: African Spinach with Paneer (p. 181)

Saturday: Green Masala with Paneer (p. 188)

Grocery List and Where to Shop

No Frills

  • brown basmati rice
  • brown mustard seed
  • coriander
  • tumeric
  • cayenne
  • plain yogurt
  • sour cream
  • Omega oil

Whole Foods

  • black chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • diced tomatoes
  • black lentils
  • red lentils
  • green chiles (mix: anaheim, jalepeno, poblano)

Save On Foods

  • 1 head broccoli
  • ghee (clarified butter)
  • paneer (in the deli cheese section)
  • carrots
  • green beans
  • sweet potato
  • ginger
  • 4 tomatoes

Tips for the Week

  • Kala Channa in Coconut Sauce: Always just choose light coconut milk. It makes very little difference in the flavour of the sauce. Also, to soak the dried black chickpeas, set them in about 6 cups water before leaving for work (about 6 hours).
  • Tandoori Chicken and Rice: Make sure you marinate this the night before. You’ll regret it if you don’t. Also sautee some collard greens as a side (chicken and rice, even with spice, can get a bit tired).
  • Balancing Mung Dal: These yellow chickpeas were a bit hard to find, so I’m going with black lentils instead.
  • Spiced Buttermilk Curry: This recipe is for the curry (sauce) itself, so serve it with whatever protein you’d like. I’m going for chicken, and adding 1/4 cup red lentils to the pot while I cook the curry.
  • African Spinach with Paneer: This recipe for African spinach is just for a side dish, but fry up (hehe, yes, fry up) some cubes of paneer for about 8 minutes, and serve together with some rice.
  • Green Masala with Paneer: This recipe is a quick one – less than 30 minutes. But, watch your timing on this recipe very carefully, especially when adding the spices to the pan. These spices will become a bit bitter if you leave them for more than a few seconds.
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One comment on “Ayurvedawhaaaa Recipe and Grocery List February 18 to 23

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