What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen - 100 Seasonal Recipes

What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen - 100 Seasonal Recipes

What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen - 100 Seasonal Recipes

What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen - 100 Seasonal Recipes


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This indispensable kitchen companion brings the ancient art of delicious healthy cooking to the twenty-first century with flavors adapted for the contemporary Western palate.
Drawing on her many years of vegetarian cooking, catering, and teaching, in this book Divya Alter explains how to create flavorful meals with seasonal ingredients by applying Ayurvedic principles. With food combinations, methods of preparation, and healing spices customized for individual needs, this is an inspirational guide to achieving optimal health through a personalized way of living and eating.
This volume features 100 recipes for breakfasts, soups, salads, main dishes, one-pot meals, treats, and beverages in three seasonal-based chapters. It includes an ingredient guide along with recipes for staples such as cultured ghee, fresh cheese, yogurt, nondairy milk alternatives, dressings, chutneys, and spice blends.
Alter offers practical ways to bridge the ancient wisdom of food with modern living beyond the bound- aries of India. Dishes such as Asian-style Stir-Fried Red and Black Rice, Italian-style Spinach Risotto, and French-style Braised Root Vegetables are accessible to all and carry the healing benefits of Ayurvedic cooking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847859689
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 324,800
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Divya Alter is a certified nutritional consultant and educator in the Shaka Vansiya Ayurveda tradition. She is the cofounder of Bhagavat Life, the only Ayurvedic culinary school in New York. She and her husband launched North America’s first Ayurvedic chef certification program and Divya’s Kitchen, an authentic Ayurvedic café in Manhattan.

Table of Contents

Foreword 8

Introduction 11

Part 1 Our Relationship with Food: The Ayurvedic Perspective

Is All Healthy Food Healthy For You? A Personalized Approach to Eating 18

Are You Mostly Airy, Fiery, or Earthy? Connecting Your Food Choices with Your Digestion 22

A New Relationship with Food: Qualities over Quantity 32

Part 2 The Recipes

About the Recipes 44

Creating a Balanced Family or Party Menu 47

Spring and Early Summer: Energizing Recipes

Tips for Improving Slow (Earthy) Digestion 51

After-Meal Spice Blend for Slow (Earthy) Digestion 51


Crispy Puffed Rice 53

Pineapple Smoothie 54

Quinoa Flakes 56


Barley and Quinoa 57

Millet Pilaf with Peas and Cranberries 59

Herbed Buckwheat 60

Asparagus and Daikon Radish Soup 61

Toasted Papadams (Bean-Flour Wafers) 62

Pungent Lentil Soup 63

Moringa Soup 64

Detox Kulthi Khichari (Grain and Lentil Stew) for Weight Loss 67

Broccoli Rabe and Cauliflower 70

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Red Radishes 73

Green Cabbage and Kale 75

Sunchoke and Asparagus Salad 77

Sprouted Mung Salad 78

Skillet Vegetable Pie (or Pancakes) 81

Irresistible Buckwheat Cake 84

Sesame Honey Balls 86


Earthy Digestive Tea 87

Sugar-Down Tea Blend 87

Ginger Mint Limeade 89

Summer and Early Fall: Cooling Recipes

Tips for Improving Sharp (Fiery) Digestion 95

After-Meal Spice Blend for Sharp (Fiery) Digestion 95

Barley Flakes Breakfast 96

Quinoa Flakes and Vegetable Upma 99

Basmati Rice and Red Quinoa 101

Cooling Basmati Rice 102

Cooling Khichari 103

Black Lentil Soup 105

Creamy Green Protein Soup 107

Lauki Squash and Green Papaya Soup 108

Spinach Risotto 111

Lasagna with Broccolini, Carrots, and Spinach 112

Broccoli with Fresh Cheese 115

Bitter Melon and Taro "Fries" 117

Sautéed Leafy Greens 118

Raw Salad Combinations for Summer 119

Fennel, Radicchio, and Watercress Salad 121

Stuffed Avocados with Fresh Cheese 122

Steamed Artichokes with Olive Tapenade 125

Coconut Papaya Smoothie 127

Almond Rose Delight 128

Lime Mousse 131

Hydrating Drink 132

Rose Teas 133

Fennel Milk 135

Late Fall and Winter: Grounding Recipes

Tips for Improving Irregular (Airy) Digestion 141

After-Meal Spice Blend for Irregular (Airy) Digestion 141


Cooked Apple Pre-Breakfast 143

Sweet Potato Smoothie 144

Iron Smoothie 146

Ayurvedic Take on Oatmeal 147

Spiced Amaranth 149


Scrambled Cheese 151

Turmeric Rice 152

Stir-Fried Red and Black Rice 154

Grounding Khichari (Rice and Lentil Stew) 157

Einkorn-Barley Biscuits 159

Winter Vegetable Stock 161

Red Velvet Soup 162

Soothing Mung Soup 164

Braised Root Vegetables 167

Spinach and Taro Soup 169

Mixed Vegetable Curry in Cashew Sauce 170

Kale and Roasted Sweet Potatoes 173

Golden Beet and Green Bean Salad 175

Apple Muffins 176

Carrot-Walnut Cake 177

Date and Nut Tea Biscuits 178


Grounding Digestive Tea 180

Almond Milk Chai 181

Calming Date Milkshake 183

Accompaniments and Salad Dressings

Sauces, Chutneys, and Toffings

Almond Milk Béchamel Sauce 188

Raisin-Cranberry Sauce 189

Kale and Arugula Pesto 190

Cilantro Chutney 191

Daikon Radish Chutney 192

Golden Cheese Cubes 193

Toasted Dulse Chips 194

Salad Dressings

Creamy Cucumber Dressing 196

Sunflower-Sesame Dip or Dressing 197

Pink Tahini Dressing 199

The New Ayurvedic Kitchen Staples: Fresh Cheese, Yogurt, Cultured Ghee, Buttermilk, Almond Milk, and Coconut Milk

Fresh Cheese 202

Yogurt 205

Cultured Ghee 208

Ayurvedic Buttermilk 213

Digestive Buttermilks 214

Almond Milk 216

Coconut Milk 217

Fat Burning Masala 218

Superspice Masala 219

Sweet Masala 220

Energizing Masala 221

Cooling Masala 221

Cooling Pungent Masala 222

Grounding Masala 222

Digestive Masala 223

Part 3 Outfitting Your New Ayurvedic Kitchen

Playing with Flavor Why Spices and How to Work with Them 227

Choosing Foods for Your New Ayurvedic Kitchen 235

The Dairy Question 241

Basic Equipment for Your New Ayurvedic Kitchen 245

Conclusion: Cooking as a Path to Awakening 247


The Six Tastes of Food 249

Sources 250

Acknowledgments 251

Index 252

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