Winter is here. Winter is a Vata- season of the year which means having a Vata balancing diet is ideal throughout the winter.
  • Favor naturally sweet foods like fruits, most grains, root vegetables, milk, ghee, fresh yogurt, eggs, nuts, seeds, oils, and lean meats.
  • The sweet taste is the foundation of a vata-pacifying diet.
It is important to eat healthily and keep your Vata in check during seasonal transitions. Inspired by Ayurveda healing principles we have decided to give some mouth-watering healthy recipes for this holiday season.
When you decide to cook the Ayurvedic way, remember that it is all about balance. Keep two things in mind.
1. Cook with the best ingredients you have, that is organic, seasonal and local.
2. Don’t overwhelm your body with different energies, Virudha or incompatible food items which can cause gas, bloating or other abdominal discomforts.
Here I am sharing a recipe which can keep your Vata in equilibrium due to its sweetness and earthiness. The ideal vata pacifying Veggie – Sweet Potato is used here.
A little in detail about Ayurveda perspective of Sweet Potato –
  • Fiber content helps in digestion
  • Contains simple starches and rich in carbohydrates
  • Superfood in nutrition
  • Pacifies Vata and Pitta, does not aggravate Kapha
Ingredients –
  1. 1 large sweet potato grated
  2. 1 large carrot grated
  3. 1 small beetroot grated
  4. a small bunch of Coriander leaves
  5. 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  6. 2 tbsp. ghee
  7. Salt and pepper to taste
  8. Rice flour for covering the patties
Directions –
In a large bowl Mix all the ingredients together except ghee and flour. Scoop a large spoon of mix and make it in the form of a patty.  Gently toss them in flour, just as to cover the patties. In a pan heat the ghee and add the patties, shallow fry until golden brown on both sides. Serve hot with chutney of your choice.
The most important general principle for everyone regarding diet during Vata season is to have warm, cooked foods. Since Vata is cold, dry and rough, warm, cooked foods made with a little olive oil or ghee have a wonderful soothing effect that immediately calms down restless Vata.