Ayurveda offers the foundation to reclaim your natural state of health. Working with the concept of “food as medicine”, each bite offers an opportunity to rediscover what it means to be in connection with your body. And by making the commitment to cooking at home, your path to true health will become clear and simple because you are in charge of what and how you eat.
Setting up an Ayurvedic kitchen doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. In fact, you can clear clutter by giving away complicated gadgets to make room for the simple tools that cooks have used for centuries to lovingly prepare meals.
We’ve compiled a list of the essentials that every Ayurvedic kitchen should have. Once you have these items, all you need to bring a sattvic diet into your life are fresh vegetables and a little love.
What you cook with matters. Choose stainless steel, cast iron or stoneware cooking materials so you don’t serve toxic chemicals from non-stick or aluminum materials with your freshly prepared Ayurvedic food. Plus, cookware made from quality materials last longer than those made of cheaper materials.
Ayurvedic pantry staples
Keeping a variety of grains and legumes on hand makes meal planning simple and grocery shopping less expensive.
True health comes from eating organically grown products from trusted resources. Pesticides and genetically modified ingredients introduce toxins into our bodies, disturbing healthy digestion and leading to problems.
A few tips to get started
Meal planning: Cooking should be simple and enjoyable. Having a framework to approach meal planning will make the task easier and take the guesswork out of grocery shopping. Here’s a simple guide on how to compose a simple Ayurvedic meal. Once you learn the basic concept to bring balance, you will be inspired to swap out different legumes, grains, vegetables and spices to create new, delicious meals.
How to make ghee: Ghee is a tridoshic oil that infuses everything you cook with the qualities of sattva. It’s very easy, and much less expensive, to make your own. We like to make several batches at a time and store them in a dark cupboard so we always have some on hand. If you are experiencing strong kapha dosha imbalance, use in moderate to light amounts.
Simple Ayurvedic Recipes: Myra Lewin’s Ayurvedic cookbook is filled with ideas to get you started on your journey to health. Having this cookbook on hand can act as a source of inspiration as you grow more comfortable with cooking without a recipe.
Ayurvedic chef training
Learn how to bring the power of health into your own two hands by becoming a certified Ayurvedic chef.