The Ayurvedic cook derives his knowledge of herbs,
spices, vegetables, legumes and so forth from the Ayurveda, which
helps them maintain physical, mental, social and spiritual harmony.
Ayurvedic foods are appetizing, flavourful and
aromatic and a way of offering love, becoming healing when served
in an inspiring atmosphere. The cleansing of toxins that have
entered the body and the electrochemical vitalising of the body
are main objectives. Ayurvedic cooking thus is an art and a science
at the same time, when cooking becomes alchemy and food becomes
The basic principles of Ayurvedic Cooking are :
the five Elements, the three Doshas, the three Gunas, the seven
Dathus and the six Tastes. It also attaches a lot of attention
to the effect of the cooking method on the quality of the foods,
the importance of the vibrations of the cook and of the surrounding
atmosphere, the compatibility of foods, the right time for cooking
and eating, the cycle of the seasons and the effects of foods
Everything absorbed by five senses like Mouth (food,
water), Nose (Breath), Ear (Chanting, sweet music), Skin (Sunlight),
Eyes (Nature) is Food. When we consume food in adequate amount,
it gives us long life and youthfulness. When consumed in inadequate
amounts, it increases production of toxins which is harmful for
life. Having right food is the initial step towards achieving
healthy life. But just having right food is not enough. Right
combination and proportion of food is also important for an individual.
Most of the diseases are a result of inadequate
foods or not having food in a proper manner. Specific food's nutritive
value and its effect are decided, depending on its taste and attributes.
Ayurveda has three main focuses: healing, prevention
and health care. This medical science is a method of personalizing
food for each person's healing process. Ayurvedic style cooking
is a rational way to prepare food keeping in mind the dietary
need of an individual based on different body types.
Ayurveda categorizes food in to three categories:
Satvic, Rajasic and Tamasic. These types of foods have different
effects on the body and the mind.
Sattva is a quality of mind which induces clarity, harmony and balance.
The following food promotes Sattva.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, fresh fruit juices, cereals(red
rice), herbal tea, fresh cow milk, dry fruits, nuts, honey,jaggery,
all spices and freshly cooked Food .
A quality of mind which induces energy and action. The need to create.
The following food promotes Rajas.
Read to eat canned food, basmati rice, sour cream, paneer, ice-cream,
yeast, sugar, pickle, vinegar, garlic, onion and salted food.
Tamas is a quality of mind which evokes darkness, inertia, resistance
and grounding.The need to stop.
The following food promotes Tamas .
Alcohol, Beef, Chicken, Fish, Pork, Eggs, Frozen food, Microwaved
food, Mushroom, Drugs, Tea, Coffee, Fried food, Fried nuts.