About the Kapha Menu

Menus for Kapha emphasize light, dry, hot food and a lot of pungent or spicy, bitter, and astringent tastes. They are consistendy lower in salt, sugar, and other sweeteners as well as cold, heavy dairy products, cheese, wheat flour, breads, and pasta. But as we have seen elsewhere, every balanced menu should include all the six tastes and six qualities.

This sample menu for balancing Kapha includes more selections than you might normally prepare, except perhaps for a party or big buffet. But it will give you an idea of how to plan nourishing meals to cook for Kapha.
Although the sample menu is especially good for maintaining Kapha in balance, many of these recipes, with very minor alterations, can be used for people with different dietary needs. Or they may appear as smaller side dishes in a main meal. Many times a recipe good for balancing one body type is also good for one of the others. When using Ayurvedic menu-planning principles, it is difficult to create recipes exclusively for one constitution because so many foods are good for everyone. When you are planning a family meal that includes a variety of dishes, remember that each person will simply select the amount from each dish that is best for him or her. We’ll talk more
about diverse menu planning in Post 5. The recipes from this sample menu can be found.

What is there about this menu that makes it so good for Kapha and for those watching their weight? It begins with a great appetizer, Golden Yummies, which is good for all doshas but ideal for Kapha. A beautiful golden yellow with a pleasing texture, one or two of these sweet, oily, pungent, and heating delights will spark Kapha’s appetite. (There is more about how this recipe was designed.

The Vegetable Soup with Fresh Herbs is also a stimulating appetizer, and either the Golden Yummies or this soup could begin the meal. This light and pungent soup is excellent for reducing Kapha and stimulating the digestive fires at the same time. Its basis, Kapha Broth, is made with three or more Kapha-reducing, seasonally available vegetables, water, and a few Kapha-appropriate herbs of choice. Vegetable Soup with Fresh Herbs can be cooked with semolina pasta or rice to make it a little thicker for serving as part of a light meal. Or add cooked barley before serving to those following a very light diet.

The main dish choices on the menu, Vegetable Whole Grain Saute or Roasted and Spiced Barley with Vegetables, help decrease Kapha. The simple-to-make Vegetable Whole Grain Saute made with barley is a light, easily digested main dish that is also just right for Kapha but can be eaten by anyone as part of a balanced meal. This recipe adds sweet, astringent tastes and light and oily qualities to the menu. The use of sprouted Urad beanswhole black gramadds a sweet, nutty flavor. These particular sprouts are very nourishing and somewhat weight-producing because Urad gram contains more oil and heaviness than other legumes. They are the best legumes for building tissues, muscles, and, if eaten in excess, fat. For those who want to include this dish in a weight-reducing diet, mung bean or brown lentil (muth) sprouts can be used instead of the heavier, more fattening Urad. Because of their light and dry qualities and astringency, lentil and bean sprouts, raw or sauteed, are better for Kapha than for either Vata or Pitta. Let’s look at the other entree, Roasted and Spiced Barley with Vegetables, in some detail as an example of recipe design for Kapha.
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