Ayurvedic Diet: Spiced Steamed Veggies for Kaphas

This dish is the perfect example of a Kapha meal. Feel free to spice it up with garlic and onions. Start off by adding this plate as a side with your meals – introducing this to your diet even a few times a week can have great effects.

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  • 1 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp turmeri
  • 2 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds


Warm the oil in a large saucepan and sauté the ginger, garlic, turmeric, mustard seeds, cardamom and coriander, stirring frequently until fragrant (about one minute or two). Add the cauliflower and broccoli and a little water cover, and simmer until vegetables have softened a bit (about 5 minutes). Stir in the arugula and cook until wilted (about one more minute).
Serve over cooked barley; sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds.