The qualities or characteristics of Vata are light, dry, rough, clear, active, cold, and mobile. It means that you are very active, always on the go and creative. When imbalanced you might experience, insomnia, a tendency to worry, anxiety, dry skin, cracking bones and constipation.
In Ayurveda we have a saying “Like increases like; opposites balance.” So if you go on a Vata balancing cleanse you need to make sure that you balance yourself with the opposite qualities like moist, smooth, warm, oily and nurturing.
Drink lots of warm water or this special herbal tea throughout the day: Mix 1/2 teaspoon each of fennel, cumin and ajwain seeds, put in 8 cups of water, bring to a boil and letting it steep for 20 minutes. Strain, fill in a thermos and drink throughout the day, especially a bit after a meal. This will help you with your digestion and also flush out Ama (toxic build-up) from your system.
Go for 1-3 days on a Vata Cleansing diet. You can do this for 1 day a week or 3 days a month. Best is to only eat this special Kitchari for this time to reset your digestion.
Kitchari for Cleansing Vata Dosha
1 cup organic quinoa
1 cup organic split yellow mung dhal (soak overnight)
7 cups water (this will make your Kitchari soupier which is great for Vata)
4 tablespoons ghee
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander seed
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp fresh minced ginger
2 pinches Asafotida (Hing)
ground black pepper
¼ – ½ tsp salt
Cut any of these vegetables: green beans, carrots, parsnip, burdock root, leafy green vegetables, zucchini, broccoli (but no bell pepper, mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplant)
Optional: fresh parsley
- Wash quinoa and dhal until clear. Make sure you soak the dhal overnight.
- Heat large pot on medium heat, add the ghee, cumin, coriander, turmeric, ginger, and pepper. Stir for a moment until fragrant.
- Stir in the mung dhal and quinoa and stir very well.
- Pour in the 7 cups of water and the salt, cover and bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes.
- Optional: add cut vegetables.
- Turn down the heat to very low, cover and simmer gently for 30 – 35 minutes, till quinoa and dhal are soft.
- Serve it with a bit of Ghee and fresh parsley.