The Right Way to Cook Ayurvedically

Cooking is considered to be a healing and a sacred act, as through it plays a key role in the nourishment of yourself and the people around you. To cook the food in the Ayurvedic manner, there isn’t a complicated process; all you require is a clean space and the required equipment. The below mentioned pointers will provide the details about the requirements. Have a look:

Cooking is considered to be a healing and a sacred act. Image courtesy Flickr
Cooking is considered to be a healing and a sacred act. Image courtesy Flickr.

  • Two skillets with lids. Iron can be the preferable metal.
  • Two or more medium sized saucepans and a single large saucepan adorned with lids. The choice of metal can be stainless steel, copper or enamel, depending upon the needs of the individual.
  • A four or six quart pressure cooker made from stainless steel and a stainless steel steamer.
  • Two mixing bowls.
  • More than one set of measuring spoon made from stainless steel.
  • A non-stick pan for Kapha or the avid cooks of masala dosas.
  • Blender

For cooking Ayurvedically, you do not require an abundance of equipment,  you can prepare a tasty dish with just a hot plate and a saucepan. Cooking with awareness and understanding the ingredients is the trick here.

For cooking, you just require recipe and the time in hand to prepare a dish. Each recipe carries the preparation time followed by execution. There are many recipes which require less than half an hour in preparation. The bean recipe, soaked overnight is quite beneficial to the people from the Vata constitution.

Have a look at the enthralling grocery list to get started:

  • An ounce of black mustard seeds, if preparing for Pitta.
  • One ounce of ground cumin and ground cinnamon.
  • A cup of plain yogurt, either regular or low fat.
  • One pound of unsalted ghee or butter
  • One ounce of fenugreek and fennel seeds.
  • One ounce of cardamom and turmeric.
  • One ounce of high quality Madras curry powder.
  • One quart goat, soy or cow milk.
  • Fresh vegetables, grains and beans.

Once you get your hands on the required ingredients, it’s time to take action. For those who have never indulged in the Indian cooking, the long list could be terrifying. But worry not, using all the spices take just a fraction of a second. These recipes are liked by people of all the age brackets and are often termed as the balanced recipe.

Even the steps for preparing nearly three-fourths of the recipe are the same. The recipes always include, heating the pan and adding the required spices as mentioned in the recipe. Mustard seeds are usually added, which are heated till they pop up. Follow the recipe and keep adding the strings of ingredients. The amazing aspect about these recipes is that these recipes keep well for long duration.

Author: Preeti

A homemaker turned beauty consultant since 6 years. I am affiliated to an MNC and I recruit individuals only on the power of my speech. This made me go in for writing strong, impact-full content and convey to the mass. I am currently working in the fields of Ayurveda, Beauty, Technology and also Travel. Though beauty is the niche from where my journey begun!! You can look upon me if you wish to take tips and training for the best looking skin for yourself and you can also learn a bit about the role of Ayurveda in looking good.


  1. In India there is a tradition of using soil utensils too, also brass utensils are also used on some occasions mainly for storing food, milk or water. Are those utensils suitable for all prakurtis ?

    • Soil utensils are good for the Vata and Pitta constitutions as it can retain lots of oil while cooking, which may not be good for calming the people belonging to the Kapha constitution. For the latter prakruti, non-stick utensils would work wonders as it would take the minimum oil or ghee for cooking.

      Instead, if you want food items to be crisp and properly cooked, you can cook over low flame on a non-stick utensil for a long time, which would be healthy as well as soothing for the Kapha constitution.

      Metal utensils like copper and aluminium must be avoided in most cases as they have the tendency to contaminate your cooked food. You can go in for anodized cookwares and stainless steel utensils over pure metal utensils. And definitely foods cooked with less oil in any metal or anodized utensil would be good enough for all constitutions to some extent!!

  2. During the week-ends I cook vegetarian dishes, I am sure I’ll use the Ayurveda cooking techniques provided in this article. Nice writeup!

    • Yes Carol, you ought to cook Ayurvedically. Not only for vegetarian cuisines but for non-vegetarian dishes as well.
      There is no saying that only vegetarian dishes can be prepared using Ayurvedic techniques!!

  3. Karen Land says:

    Nice and interesting facts.

    I am slowly learning to cook Ayurveda food, can Non vegetation be cooked using Ayurveda principles?

  4. Shrishti says:

    Great post! I am learning to cook in an ayurvedic manner.

  5. Hi Preeti,
    I like all your articles and would like to get your consent to post some of your articles in my website too. I will surely mention you in the credits of the article. Let me know your thoughts.

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