Beat the Heat with Pitta Dosha Cooling Dish- Ayurveda Cleanse for the Liver

Updated: Apr 18

Ayurveda, the science of health, describes the world as being made up of five elements, Aakash (space), Jala (water), Prithvi (earth), Teja (fire), and Vayu (air). These five elements come together to form 3 distinct humors referred to as the Doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Take a look at the Saumya Ayurveda logo. Earth, water, fire, air and ether are represented in the flower petals.

The Doshas, in turn, create a one-of-a-kind you. Nature does not standardize. There are no two leaves on a tree that are exactly identical and there are not two humans who are the same. Everyone is a comprised of a one-of-a-kind mix of the Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas. The doshas give shape to the physical body, sleep, digestion, hair, voice, intellect and more.

Pitta dosha governs metabolism, it is the element of fire and water. Think of Pitta as an unctuous watery quality and as the fires within. Picture an old heating system in which there is a pilot light (a main fire) and then several radiators throughout the home which are also fires. The fires need to be balanced just so--not too high, not too low.

Attention needs to be paid to managing Pitta outside and inside to keep Pitta dosha from spreading. Ever feel irritable in the summer heat? Ever loose your cool when you're over heated? Big reactions to small bug bites? Heartburn? Stools the consistency of soft serve ice cream? If so, read on and also explore The 3 Ayurvedic Doshas and Their Impact on Your Life.

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Chock-full of antioxidants, Ayurvedic Liver Cleanse Veggie Dish is a recipe to cleanse old Pitta dosha from the liver and to ground and nourish Vata dosha, making use of the blood purifying and liver-healing properties of carrots, beets and daikon.

Use this recipe as a delicious part of your Ayurvedic cleanse, as food as medicine. Integrate into your Ayurvedic diet.

Supports healthy hormone balance all the way along that path and especially during the menopausal transition.

For Pitta dosha, choose Chioggia or golden beets rather than the standard red ones and use plenty of cilantro. For Kapha dosha, add a hot green pepper and cook the vegetables more lightly to avoid releasing the sugars. Serves approximately 6.


4 medium carrots

2 beets- I like to use the beet tops as a daily green

1 daikon

2 tbsp ghee or sunflower oil

1 bunch bitter dark greens

1'' fresh turmeric, finely chopped, or 1 tsp organic turmeric powder

1" fresh ginger, finely chopped

1 Tbsp cumin seeds

Pinch hing/asafetida

½ tsp salt

1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped.

Wash and slice the root vegetables. Heat half the ghee in a wok or frying pan and stir fry the vegetables. When they begin to soften, add the greens, cover and sauté to the desired tenderness.

Meanwhile, in a small fry pan, heat the rest of the ghee or your best oil from your Saumya Ayurveda Food Program. When it is hot, but not smoking, lower the heat and add cumin, turmeric and ginger. Sautee until the cumin seeds brown, add the hing and toss into the vegetables. Stir in the salt and cilantro and serve with Cleansing Kitchari. Check out our Recipe Box for more inspiration.

More information on How To Reduce Body Heat with Ayurveda. One of the best ways to cool off and chill out and reduce that flaring Pitta dosha, is regular relaxation. You're invited to make daily use of our free guided practices. Learn to Diaphragmatic Breathing and Change Your Life. Keep your cool.


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