Pitta Diet and Recipes - Ayurveda | Everyday Ayurveda (2023)

Pitta Diet and Recipes

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  • Hot
  • Light
  • Oily
  • Sharp
  • Spreading
  • Pungent
  • Fleshy Smelling

Season-Summer, Early Fall

Time of Life-Puberty- 60 (Thought some say 30+)

Time of Day-10 AM- 2 PM & 10 PM – 2 AM

Tastes that BalancePitta – Sweet, Bitter, Astringent

Tastes that Increase Pitta-Sour, Salty, Pungent

In general, pacify pittadoshawith foods that are not spicy, oily or overly salty. Pitta dosha is composed of fire and water, so it tons to run hot and be slightly irritable. It is a sharp, oily dosha and should be treated with sweet cooling foods. Consuming sour, salty and spicy food will only serve to exacerbate any the sharp, spreading qualities of Pitta. Pitta is known to have a potent digestive fire, therefore, fermented and spicy foods will crank up the fire even more.

Specifically, avoiding fried foods, alcohol, coffee, spicy condiments (sriracha), fermented foods and excessively salty processed foods if you suspect you have a pitta imbalance. Due to their strong digestive abilities, Pittas do best with raw foods in moderation.

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Fruits-Sweet Fruits. Avoid sour fruits.

Apples, avocado, coconut, figs, grapes (dark), mango, melons, oranges (sweet), pears, pineapples (sweet), plums (sweet), pomegranate, prunes, raisins

Vegetables-Sweet & Bitter Vegetables. Avoid Pungent Vegetables

Asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, green beans, leafy greens, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, peas, parsley, peppers (green), potatoes, sprouts, zucchini

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Grains- Favor Sweet grains. Avoid heating grains

Barley, Oats (cooked), rice (basmati & white), wheat

Animal Proteins-Avoid heating meats and proteins such as beef, lamb, pork and seafood

Favor Chicken or Turkey (white), Eggs (white), Rabbit

Legumes-All Legumes except lentils

Nuts-No nuts, too oily, but coconut is a great option

Sweeteners-Avoid molasses and honey

Maple Syrup is best, All sweeteners (save for white sugar)

Spices-Avoid extremely heating spices

Favor coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, turmeric and black pepper

Dairy-Avoid fermented dairy- yogury, buttermilk, sour cream, cheese

Favor Butter, cottage cheese, ghee, milk

Oils-Avoid heavy, heating oils- sesame, almond, corn, safflower

Favor cooling oils such as coconut, olive, sunflower and soy

Golden Milk

Recipe courtesy of Laura Plumb

Serves 2

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  • 2 c fresh Milk
  • 2 t Turmeric powder, or a 2-inch coin of fresh Turmeric root, peeled
  • A dusting of fresh cracked Pepper, or a small pinch of ground Cardamom, or both


  1. Put the ingredients in saucepan.
  2. Whisk the milk gently while bringing to a gentle boil.
  3. Serve and drink warm.

Warning: Wear an apron. Turmeric stains!

Dairy Free Golden Milk

Serves 2


  • 2 t Turmeric powder or a 2-inch coin of fresh turmeric root, peeled
  • 2 c fresh Almond milk* or Coconut Milk
  • 2 t raw Honey, optional
  • 1 t Ghee or Coconut oil, optional


  1. Add the ingredients to a blender on high speed and mix for a few minutes to heat the drink.
  2. Enjoy it warm.

For Pitta: Replace the honey with maple syrup

Pitta-Reducing Tea

Recipe courtesy of Jenny Ahn

This Adrenal Tonic/Pitta-Reducing Tea was created by fellow Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist Isabel Castro.

Pitta type of people love to work and have a tendency to burn out! Try this yummy tea which I recommend to many of my clients, which they all seem to love, myself included to replenish the adrenals and calm the mind.

  • 4 parts oatstraw
  • 2 parts nettle
  • 1 part spearmint

Add 2rounded teaspoons to 2cups hot water. Cover and steep overnight. Strain and enjoy 1cup in the morning, and 1cup in the afternoon, away from meals.

Honey Dew, Cucumber & Mint Popsicles

Ever hear the phrase, “cool as a cucumber?” Honeydew and cucumber cool your blood and offer a refreshing reprieve from the heat. As it cools, cucumber also detoxifies your blood and relieves stress.

Summer heat makes your heart beat fast & heavy. With so much overheated blood, you’ll notice the tip of your tongue turns red. The excessive blood flow aggravates your liver, and could cause your temper to flare.

Honeydew and cucumber refresh your body in summertime. They cool your blood, soothe your liver and calm your temper. Mint is a perky addition that cools you down by helping you perspire.

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Rose Yogurt Lassie with Rose Water Tea

Recipe courtesy ofJenny Ahn

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Yummy…one of my favorites!

  • 1 cup of rose water tea (above)
  • 1/4cup plain yogurt
  • 1-2 pinches cardamom
  • agave or maple syrup for added sweetness

Add all ingredients to a blender and mix. Voila! Yumminess!

Plantain chips: Anytime ‘pick me up snack!’

Recipe courtesy of Manju Joshi


  • 1 Green plantain, peeled and cut in round pieces according to desired thickness
  • 2 Tbs Coconut oil or ghee
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat a medium skillet, add the coconut oil then thecut plantain.
  2. Let cook for a minute
  3. Turn and cook for another minute. Keep turning till both sides are lightly brown or brown if want thema bit crunchy.
  4. Add salt and pepper, toss well
  5. Remove plantain chips from heat and serve warm or cool

Note: if you are allergic to bananas, you may be allergic to plantains

Mineral-Rich Tea

Recipe courtesy ofJenny Ahn

This is another version of pitta-reducing tea, very similar to the oneabove and just as yummy.

  • 4 parts nettle
  • 2 parts oatstraw
  • 1 part spearmint
  • 1 part rose

Add 2 rounded teaspoons to 2 cups hot water. Cover and steep overnight or for 20 minutes, and serve warm.

(I like to add almond milk and sucanatto the tea and drink it as a replacement for chai in the summer.)

Add adventure to your corn on the cob with cilantro and coriander butter. Cilantro & lime add a refreshing twist that helps you celebrate summer. Coriander adds a delicate touch of sweetness to the butter, making this simple recipe your new backyard favorite.

Feel Light

When fried chicken and heavy potato salad drag you down, making you feel like taking a nap, this tasty corn on the cob treat keeps your party hopping. The light and zesty qualities of cilantro, coriander, & lime lift your mood & restore your pep. Corn itself is a diuretic, making it a light, supportive choice at a festive summer barbeque.

Perfect for a Summer BBQ

Corn is an excellent choice in the summer thanks to its sizeable potassium content, a mineral we lose through profuse summer sweating. Its sweetness eases the heat of the day while coriander helps digestion. This is quite helpful when appetite loss is a common effect of long, hot days.

Cool cilantro is an antidote for a hot, sizzling summer day as well as pungent foods commonly found at a barbecue like tomatoes and chilis. Coriander and cilantro are different parts of the same plant, coriander being the seed while cilantro is the leaf. Although the leaves are cooling, the seeds are slightly warming. Gently warming coriander seeds aid digestion and detoxify the blood.

Note: This recipe may be drying for Vata types, especially on a hot day in the sun. As a remedy to its drying qualities, add a pinch of salt!

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Hibiscus Mint Sun Tea

Luscious and vibrant pink hibiscus, interspersed with bright green mint, delights your eyes as well as your taste buds and blood. You will feel soothed by this tea which is nothing short of beautiful.

Hibiscus with mint is particularly refreshing on a summer’s day. Hibiscus improves liver function, bringing your liver taxed by the heat cool relief.

Aromatic mint disperses fluids and heat, leaving a cooling aftereffect. The two together create a sense of opening and relief, like letting out a big sigh. Your body will feel calm and relaxed.

This variation on sun tea is perfect for cooling down on a hot day. Using heat from the sun instead of boiling water allows the herbs to retain a great deal of flavor.

Note: Vata should take caution not to drink too much Hibiscus, as its cooling qualities could squash your appetite & delicate digestive fire.

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Bananas with Lemon Juice and Fresh Cilantro

Banana with lemon juice and cilantro isa sweet, refreshing, restorative summer snack…

Bananas and Electrolytes

Bananas are a great snack after a summer sweat because they restore electrolytes. Their high potassium content nourishes both the nervous system and the muscles. Eye twitching and muscle spasms in general are early signs of electrolyte imbalance. In early summer, a twitching eye may be your sign to curb excess sweating in early summer as well as a cue to enjoy healthy tropical treats with bananas.

Bananas also have a high sugar content. Under the wiltering summer heat, the high sugar and complex carbohydrates of banana may leave the stomach feeling a bit heavy. The lemon and cilantro aid the digestion of these complex carbohydrates.

Lemons in the Summer

Why is lemonade the most popular beverage of summer? Apart from their resemblance to a ray of sunshine, and juiciness to rival a summer waterfall, lemons open the pores and help you sweat. Sweating actually help keep your body cool. Among herbalists, foods that help you sweat are known as diaphoretics. Diaphoresis, the dilation of pores and blood vessels close to the surface of the skin, is your body’s way of turning on the air conditioner.

When the heat makes you feel like youre turning to mush, the astringency of cilantro helps tone and tighten inflamed tissues and digestive tract. Cilantro is also very cooling to the liver and an anti-inflammatory. Also a diuretic, cilantro is a perfect addition to meals to combat water congestion in early summer. Don’t like cilantro? Try mint instead.

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Zucchini Soufflé with Watercress Salad

Beat the heat and use up those zukes with this cooling summer zucchini recipe, modified from The Yoga Body Diet by Kristen Schultz Dollard and Dr. John Douillard, DC.


  • 1 large zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bunches watercress (about 3 cups), rinsed and chopped, tough stems discarded
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Coat four 1/2 – cup ramekins or oven-safe coffee mugs with ghee or coconut oil. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Coat with ghee or coconut oil, add the zucchini, and reduce to medium heat. Cook 3 to 4 minutes,until the zucchini starts to brown. Set the skillet aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, combine the whole eggs, egg whites, cilantro, goat cheese, flour, baking powder, salt, and zucchini, and mix until well combined. Divide the egg mixture among the 4 ramekins, and bake 12 to 14 minutes, until the soufflés are puffed and no longer runny in the center.

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Divide the watercress among 4 plates. Drizzle with the olive oil. Serve immediately with the soufflés.


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