Ayurveda focuses on improving general health, which is achieved mainly through the principles of healthy eating.
According to Ayurveda, food is not just a source of protein, vitamins and minerals. It is a source of refreshing energy for body, mind and soul.
Therefore, the recipes are divided according to the desired effect on the ratio of egergies – prakruti – after digestion.
According to this concept, each dish should include all six flavors. This means that sweet, sour, salty, spicy, astringent and bitter tastes should be present in every food.
The cold (sheeth guna) increases Vata
The sweet (madhur rasa) increases Kapha
Usha guna weakens Kapha
Snigdha guna weakens Vata and etc.
Below you will find Ayurveda’s understanding of different food groups, as well as some traditional Ayurvedic recipes for their preparation.