Match your meals to the doshas of the whole family
OK, you’ve arrived at some consistency with figuring out how to prepare food for yourself according to your individual needs. You’ve taken some dosha quizzes and have the hang of how your body energies work. You’ve even made meals based on the tastes and energies of foods for your personal needs.
So now what happens when you are cooking for a group that includes people with different dosha needs? That’s just what we have in my family. My constitution is kapha, my wife’s is vata and my last daughter in the house is pitta. A three ring circus.
Clearly, you don’t want to make three separate meals.
Fortunately, there is a simple fix. Make basic dishes that are neutral, and spice them differently for each eater.
Start with, say, mung beans and rice, the most basic, classic Ayurvedic meal. It’s good for anyone, but not especially therapeutic for any one dosha. Then get creative. Dole out portions to each tablemate, and add that certain something that will bring more balance to each fellow diner.
Some nice additions by dosha
• For the vata grazer, add sesame oil, cooked carrots, cinnamon, clove, turmeric and a side of cottage cheese
• For the pitta gulper, add ghee, shredded coconut, coriander and a raw leafy greens side salad
• For the kapha chowhound, keep it low calorie and add steamed vegetables, chilies, basil, garlic and sliced apple for dessert
Have any of you risen to the challenge of the three ring home? Tell us what you did, and how you kept the peace at the table.