Monday, June 4, 2012

Ayurvedic Suggestions for Cooling Pitta

Fresh, sweet fruit and fruit juices are beneficial for balancing Pitta. They provide nutrition and keep the body cool and comfortable. Watermelon juice, fresh cucumber juice, lettuce juice and coconut milk are four of the most beneficial juices to pacify pitta. By consuming at least one of these items several times a day you will notice a tremendous difference in your reaction to the high temperature.

Fresh herbs such as mint, cilantro and watercress can also be juiced or made into a chutney to balance pitta. Or steep cooling herbs in boiling water each morning, cool to room temperature and drink the water through the day to get the benefit of the herbs and hydrate your physiology. Favor cooling spices such as cardamom, coriander, and fennel when cooking. Use Organic Rose Water or rose petal conserve as a cooling food supplement or add to summer drinks.

Salty lassi

This Salty Lassi is spiced with cumin and is a great refreshing drink in the summer.Feel free to experiment with other cooling spices like fennel and anise.

1 tsp cumin seeds
1 cup plain yogurt or coconut milk
1 cup chilled milk or water for vegans.
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 to 1 tsp salt
1/2 cup of ice cubes
A dollop of plain yogurt for garnishing

Dry roast  the cumin seeds for a few minutes until you start getting a wonderful aroma.  Cool and grind to a coarse consistency. In a blender blend all the ingredients. Top it up with a dollop of yogurt. Serve chilled. 
Makes 4 servings.

Mango coconut Milk

This drink is very satisfying for Pitta dosha. It is rich nourishing, refreshing and invigorating.
One fresh peeled and sliced ripe sweet mango
2 cups of coconut milk
Sugar to taste
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
Boil milk and allow to cool to room temperature. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings.

Rose Lassi

Delicate drink to cool Pitta dosha in summer days.

1/2 cup fresh yogurt
1 cup water
or 1 teaspoon rose petal water
Sugar to taste
1 pinch ground cardamom (optional)
Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Summer Mint Drink

This is an spectacular cooling drink, easy to do. Enjoy the restoring effects of fresh mint.You can do it with water of milk based.

For syrup: Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl, stir till sugar dissolves. Stir in 1/4 cup of tightly compacted fresh mint leaves (without the stems). Cover and chill for a minimum of four hours. Strain mixture through a sieve. Discard leaves. Store syrup for up to three days. To use the syrup for a water based drink: Place one tablespoon of mint syrup with about one cup of room temperature water and stir.
For a milk-based drink: You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of half-and-half cream to the water and syrup for variation.