However, outside of opening our eyes to new ways of life, the ability to travel globally has also increased vata imbalance. If you’ve ever come home from a trip feeling spacey or depleted, that is excess vata at play.
Why travel increases vata dosha
Additionally, the dryness of air travel, also present in climate-controlled cars and trains, increases the dryness of vata. Add to that the change in regular schedules and different food and you could end up feeling more depleted at the end of your vacation than when you began.
But you don’t need to fear vata imbalance during travel, you just need to plan to tend to it throughout your trip and after. Simple practices, such as sticking to your dinacharya, daily abhyanga, neti/nasya, especially on days of travel, will make a big difference.
A recipe for balanced travel
Think of your travel meal as a part of your packing routine. Build in time to cook just as you would make time for packing.
This month’s recipe is for travel kitchadi. This is a slightly thicker version (to adhere to regulations about flying with liquids and to account for rice cooker method) with simpler and fewer spices. It cooks in about 20 minutes and is easily packed in a Thermos. Packed with a handful of dates and nuts for breakfast, and you have the recipe for a relaxing and vata-calming time away.
Simple Ayurvedic Recipe: Travel kitchadi in a rice cooker
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. coriander seeds
1/2 tsp. brown mustard seeds
1/16 tsp. asafoetida
1/4 tsp. cardamom
1/4 tsp. mineral salt
2 Tbsp. ghee
1/2 cup basmati rice
1/3 cup split mung beans
3 cups water
1 ¼ cups augmenting vegetable (such as carrots, squash, pumpkin or sweet potato), chopped into very small pieces
¾ cup extractive vegetable (such as collards, broccoli, cabbage or kale), finely chopped
Rice cooker method:
Add all ingredients except for the extractive vegetables into a rice cooker. Press start. When the cooking cycle is complete, stir in the extractive vegetables. Allow to sit for 10 minutes or until softened.
Store in a thermos or container and find a quiet place during your journey to enjoy your home (away from home) cooked food.