Examples of Kapha-Balancing FoodsThis is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some foods that are balancing for Kapha dosha. These foods can form the base of your Kapha recipes. Whether you have a Kapha prakruti (inherent constitution), a Kapha imbalance, or are focusing on Kapha foods for spring (Kapha season), these are great foods to incorporate. Broccoli Cabbage Cauliflower Radicchio Kale Cherries Grapefruit Cranberries Rye Millet Ghee and ghruta (in moderation) Goat cheese Black beans Chickpeas Mung Dal Black pepper Mustard Again, this is not a complete list of Kapha foods. However, you will notice that these foods tend to be slightly astringent and may also be light, purifying, or spicy.
Kapha Recipes: Putting It TogetherNow that you have a sense of which foods are balancing for Kapha dosha, you may be curious about Kapha recipes and some ways to incorporate these foods in tasty and enjoyable ways. Here are a few Kapha recipe ideas!
Grapefruit smoothieYou may be familiar with grapefruit juice, but you can also make smoothies out of fresh grapefruit. Simply peel 2-3 grapefruits and put in a blender. A squeeze of lemon juice, a bit of honey or maple syrup, and even a kick of cayenne, cardamom, or black pepper make nice additions to this invigorating blend.
Kitchari with Kapha-balancing veggiesKitchari is balancing for all three doshas. To make kitchari a Kapha recipe, try adding warming spices such as black pepper, turmeric, and small amounts of clove. Also, you can add in Kapha-balancing veggies, such as kale, broccoli, and cabbage. Read our other post Kitchari recipe to learn how to make kitchari.
Roasted chickpeasRoasting chickpeas in the oven is a great way to add some crunch to your meal. Or, eat stand-alone as a snack. Here’s how to make crunchy roasted chickpeas: Directions
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Drain 1-2 cans of chickpeas.
- Optionally, lightly coat the chickpeas in safflower or sunflower oil.
- Spice with black pepper and salt. Or, make curried chickpeas, using yellow curry powder or garam masala powder.
- Spread evenly on a pan and roast until crispy and golden brown (about 40 minutes).