In Ayurveda, there are six tastes that you can include in every meal: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. Meals with all six tastes are great opportunities to help balance flavors and nutrition for better health for everyone in your family (or whoever you are serving).
The following three recipes are built from many small dishes and include all six tastes to help nourish all of the tissues in your body.
6-Taste Wild Rice Bowl
This wild rice bowl with mashed roasted beets, avocado, beet green salad, baked broccoli, walnut pate, and French mustard/ginger dressing is sure to balance all of your six tastes.
- 3 small broccoli, stalks peeled
- 1/3 cup walnuts, lightly toasted
- 2 sundried tomatoes in olive oil
- 2 tablespoons toasted CCF (cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds), partially ground
- 10 sage leaves
- 3 tablespoons olive oil or ghee
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh turmeric
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon fine chopped cilantro
- pinch fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons CCF mix
- 1 teaspoon coconut amino acids
- pinch of salt
Directions for the Walnut Pate
Place the walnuts in a blender, then add olive oil, sundried tomatoes, CCF mix, sage leaves, some black pepper, and a pinch of salt. Blend to a rough paste.
Directions for the Dressing
Mix all the dressing ingredients well with a whisk and leave on one side in a bowl.
Directions for the Wild Rice Bowl
Bake the broccoli for 40 minutes, then add a sprinkling of olive oil, lemon juice, and salt/fresh ground black pepper.
Add both types of rice to a saucepan and cover with 2.75 cups filtered water. Bring to a boil, add salt, then simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed. Turn off the heat, put a lid on the pan, and keep warm.
Peel and mash the cooked beets and add black pepper, coconut aminos, dried basil, lemon juice, and seasoning (Himalayan salt and fresh ground black pepper).
Place portions of the rice, beets, broccoli, avocado, walnut pate, and greens in a wide bowl. Drizzle the dressing over it, then garnish with some sunflower sprouts and serve.
6-Taste Thai Curry Bowl
Thai cooking is resplendent with sauces, coconut, and spices like lemongrass, galangal, cardamom, and ginger. It’s similar to Indian cooking and yet quite unique. This dish is extremely suitable to Ayurvedic treatment.
- 1 cup soaked split mung bean dhal
- 4 cups filtered water
- 7 bitter melon slices
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- CCF mix
- 3 teaspoons grated ginger root
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- A pinch of black pepper
- A pinch of salt
- 1 pinch of saffron
- 1 cup basmati rice, washed
- 2 tablespoons red lentils, washed
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1 pinch of salt
Almond and Coconut Cream
- 12 blanched almonds
- 2 tablespoons coconut manna
- 2 teaspoons cardamom powder
- 1 cup water
Yellow Curry Sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or ghee
- 2 teaspoons fresh grated turmeric
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger root
- 1 tablespoon grated galangal root
- 2 tablespoons leeks, chopped
- 2 teaspoons lemongrass, crushed and chopped finely
- 1 tablespoon toasted CCF mix (cumin, coriander, and fennel seeds), partially ground
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard
- 1 teaspoon molasses
- 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 1 tablespoons tomato puree
- meat from a young coconut, sliced into four pieces
- 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 2 ripe mangoes
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- Fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon mint leaves, chopped fine
Pumpkin Seed Masala
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
- 2 teaspoon coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon Chef Johnny’s vata (substitute pitta or kapha) seasoning
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, grated
- 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
- 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- Ginger/Mustard dressing (see above)
- Some green lettuce
Directions for Saffron Rice
In a saucepan, add rice, red lentils, filtered water, saffron, and salt.
Simmer for about 25 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Turn off the heat and cover with a lid.
Directions for Split Mung Bean Dhal, Potatoes, and Bok Choy
Mix split mung bean dhal with filtered water in a large saucepan. Heat and simmer for about 40 minutes, adding extra water if it gets too thick. Add fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, vata seasoning, CCF mix, lemon juice, and season with black pepper and salt. Add chopped cilantro at the end. When cooked to a thick porridge-like consistency, put on one side with a lid on.
In a separate pot, steam the purple potatoes for about 20 minutes, adding the bok choy for the last five minutes. Steam until both are tender.
Directions for Bitter Melons
Slice the bitter melon and remove seeds. Lightly fry in coconut oil with CCF mix, ginger, lemon, and sesame seeds. Cook until slightly crispy and golden in color, then add black pepper, salt, and a sprinkling of cilantro. Alternatively, slice the bitter melon and serve it raw.
Directions for Almond and Coconut Cream
Mix and then blend all ingredients into a cream.
Directions for Yellow Curry Sauce
In a medium size stainless steel frying pan, heat a little olive oil or ghee and add freshly grated ginger and freshly grated turmeric, grated galangal, chopped leek, and lemongrass.
Stir for two to three minutes, then add toasted CCF mix and lime juice. Keep stirring. Add 1.5 cups almond and coconut cream.
Stir well and then add mustard, coconut aminos, molasses, and tomato puree. Add coconut meat in large pieces, then the cilantro. Let it simmer gently for two minutes and then turn off the heat.
Directions for Mango Chutney
Peel and remove stone from the mangoes. Chop into small pieces. Add lime juice, fresh ginger, raisins, cinnamon, and cardamom. Add mint and a little honey. Stir or mash well. Put on one side.
Directions for Pumpkin Seed Masala
Mix all ingredients together so that it is a smooth consistently.
Directions for the Thai Curry Bowl
Serve the purple potatoes in slices or halves, bok choy, and spoon over the coconut curry sauce with fresh coconut. Then add a serving of wild rice, mango chutney, mung bean dhal, bitter melon, and pumpkin seed masala.
Drizzle dressing over rice and bitter melon. Garnish with black sesame seeds and chopped fresh cilantro.
6-Taste Chickpea Soup
Soups are nourishing and soothing as well as easy to digest. Chickpeas are astringent and therefore a wonderful food for pitta and kapha types. Here is a great soup recipe that is sure to whet your appetite.
- 1 cup of soaked chickpeas, boiled until tender
- 2 cups vegetable stock
Place all of the ingredients (including the liquids, but except for the coconut milk and cilantro) in a large stainless-steel sauce pan. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 50 minutes.
Add the coconut milk with seasoning (Himalayan salt and fresh ground black pepper), stir well, and continue to simmer for five minutes (add extra water or stock if necessary).
Turn off the heat and add the cilantro. Serve hot with a sprinkling of sunflower sprouts and cress in each bowl.