A collection of 10 Ayurvedic recipes that are especially beneficial for balancing Vata dosha. Warming, delicious, comfort food dishes that will keep you nourished and cosy during the cold seasons.
When the weather gets cold, all we crave are warm, nourishing meals. Autumn and early winter are seasons ruled by Vata dosha.
Therefore, both share the same characteristics (cold, fast, thin, rough, moving, unstable, dry, light, agile, and expanding).
In order to do so, you should consume more hot, cooked, moist dishes, as well as to increase your intake of protein and healthy fats. For a full list of Vata pacifying foods, you can check out this other post.
Keep reading to see my top ten autumn and winter recipes, both savoury and sweet. They include a bean-free quinoa chilli and the yummiest healthy Nutella. The perfect addition to any cosy gathering!
If you love thee recipes dishes as much as I do please, let me know in the comments! Try them, share them, and post some pictures on Instagram, tagging me as @iambelemgarcia and with the hashtag #ThisTulaLife. I'd love to see the results!
Mains & Starters
Roasted Veggie Quinoa Chili
The Ayurvedic, vegan take on the traditional Mexican chilli. Made with quinoa and roasted veggies, it’s easier to digest than the classical bean and meat version. I love it with avocado, cilantro, and chipotle sauce. It will satisfy all of your Mexican food cravings! Click here for the recipe.
Roasted Pumpkin Salad
This warm, easy to digest salad is made with sweet roasted pumpkin, detoxifying arugula, and a mustard dressing to aid in digestion. Perfect as an entrée or a light dinner, it's the Ayurvedic way to enjoy a salad without overworking our digestive system. Get the recipe here.
Kitchari is a staple meal in Ayurveda because it’s super easy to digest. It’s a simple dish made with basmati rice and mung beans, with the addition of healing spices to detox and awake the digestive fire. The best way to give your body a break without feeling hungry or deprived. Read the full recipe here.
Vegan Vietnamese Pho
Say hi to this fresh, plant-based version of the classic Vietnamese dish. Packed with protein and veggies, this healthy and nutritious meal has become a staple at home. It comes together in less than 30 min, and it’s easily customizable. Click here to see the recipe.
Vegan Pizza Quattro Stagioni
A 4-ingredient homemade pizza dough without having to knead? Yes, it's possible! If you like Neapolitan style pizzas, with fluffy borders but a thin crust, you must try this recipe. The result is incredible! Click here to go the recipe.
Sweets & Snacks
2-Ingredient Vegan Toffee
Velvety, sweet, and plant-based. You only need a blender and less than 5 minutes for this delicious 2-ingredient vegan toffee. It is sugar-free and extremely versatile, so drizzle it over cakes, crumbles, ice-cream, and every dessert you wish. Read the full recipe here.
Vegan Flourless Banana Bread
This fluffy, vegan banana bread doesn't require any flour. As it is gluten-free and sugar-free, it's perfect for breakfast, for a Sunday brunch or as a snack. Click here to see the recipe.
Healthy 4 Ingredient Nutella
Creamy, chocolatey and indulgent Nutella, made with just four ingredients. A healthy treat that tastes just like the real thing! Spread it on sandwiches, toasts, waffles, and everything you like. Get the recipe here.
Vegan Gingerbread Muffins
These gingerbread muffins are fluffy and soft, with warm hints of cinnamon and ginger. Plus, they are vegan, flourless, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. The perfect treat or gift for these Holidays! Click here to go to the recipe.
This Indian-inspired sauce is sweet and spiced. It makes the perfect side to tempuras, curries, cheese boards, and more. Try also using other fruits, such as apple, mango, or pineapple, and use it on everything you like. It brightens any dish! Click here for the recipe.