Updated: Sep 10
Beneficial to all doshas when consumed correctly. Beets are a powerhouse when it comes to cleansing the liver and blood by moving bile, so it's an ideal food to reduce excess Pitta and grounding and calming for Vata.
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Tasty and easy to make, Ayurveda Beet Soup cools off Pitta dosha, cleanses the liver and blood, supports healthy female system, supports healthy elimination and relieves hemorrhoids.
According to Ayurveda, beetroot has many benefits.
Here are a dozen benefits:
Gentle decongestant and dislodge of ama from the body
Clears excess Pitta/heat from the liver and gallbladder
Grounds and nourishes Vata
Promotes bowel movement
Supports a feeling of groundedness and stability and is therefore relaxing
Promotes a state of calm improving sleep quality
By supporting the liver, it relieves tension in the eye muscles
Promotes healthy circulation
Supplies soluble fiber
"....beets were so well regarded in Ancient Rome and Greece that methods were developed for producing them during the hot summer months." Visit PBS for more. I always wonder where vegetables were rooted. Beetroot originated on the Mediterranean coast and were grown for the beet leaves (these are great sauteed or in kitchari), but the root was also consumed--and a good thing too. Mother Nature provided two gifts in one with beetroot--the cooling darky leafy green and the bile flowing supportive root that is also grounding.
As though cooling off excess Pitta and moving stagnant bile wasn't enough, this eager beaver of the vegetable kingdom is high in iron and helps build new blood.
Ayurveda Beet Soup for Vata, Pitta and Kapha
2 tablespoons olive oil or your best oil from your Saumya Food Program
1 diced onion (purple)
1 cup diced celery (the darker green the celery the better)
2 diced leeks
Salt and pepper (use the good stuff)
4 garlic cloves (finely minced)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon caraway seeds, lightly roasted
1-3 bay leaf, depending on size
A sprig of thyme (if you got the time)
1 pound potatoes (peeled and cut into ½ inch peices)
1 pound medium beets (peeled and cut into 1inch pieces)
½ pound medium carrots, (peeled and cut into ½ pieces)- I prefer Purple Dragon carrots when available
½ tablespoon apple-cider vinegar, or a splash of real sauerkraut juice, to taste
1. Put olive oil in a heavy-bottomed soup pot on medium-ish heat.
2. Heat the oil and add onion, celery and leek coating it well with the salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes, or until the onion has a little brown on the edge. Add garlic, tomato paste, paprika, caraway, bay leaf and thyme Mix it all together and cook for about a minute.
3. Now the fun really starts. Add potatoes, beets and carrots, 6 cups water and salt amount correct for your your dosha and situation. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Simmer with lid ever so slightly off the edge of the pot for 20 minutes, or until everything is tender.
4. Stir in the vinegar or sauerkraut juice to your liking. Taste it and adjust spicing if needed. Cook for about 5-10 minutes.
5. Garnish with chopped dill, or even a lil dollop of sour cream especially for Vata.
5. Take a grounding breath.
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