General Points

Ayurvedic Cooking

Okra-daikon kichadi, green beans, sweet potato and leeks in poppy seed-sweet paprika sauce

See my general guidelines for eating habits and food selection. See What Diet is Right for Me? for more specifics.

Unless otherwise indicated, all quantities are for single servings.

Butternut squash and kichari

Baked butternut squash, wheat berry-French lentil and yogurt kichari, with mixed vegetables

Favor organically grown foods. Beware of pesticide residues in common fruits and vegetables. Never use GMO foods.

Minimize foods like peanut butter and chocolate that tend to block the fine channels of the body (Srotas). Also be cautious with vegetables from the nightshade family: potato, tomato, mature eggplant, and peppers. They are hard to digest and can be especially troublesome to those who have arthritis.

Cook with cast iron or stainless steel. Properly seasoned and cared for, there is no need for Teflon. I keep a stainless steel frying pan just for making pancakes. I simply wipe it with a paper towel and it's clean and ready to be used again. If you have aluminum cookware, get rid of it. Aluminum is toxic.

Nuts should be soaked in water overnight, roasted or otherwise cooked. Almonds skins are mildly toxic and should be removed. Generally, they are easily rubbed off after soaking. Sometimes, almonds need to be blanched for a few in boiling water to free the skins.




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