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How to use Ayurvedic Spices to Create Dosha Balancing Meals for Your Family

Oct 16, 2020

Ayurvedic principles show that everyone has a particular personality type as shown by

the make up of their doshas, or inner life energies. Your Original Blueprint dosha

(prakriti) is your divine doshic makeup you were born with. Vikruti is what your present

status is now. Your current/present doshic status (vikriti) is a result of life's experiences,

stresses, imbalances, choices that you have made regarding diet and lifestyle and other

elemental influences.

One of the ways that can help correct these imbalances, is by the use of churnas.

Churnas are Ayurvedic spice powders that are made up of a specific blend of spices.

These churnas are made of fresh herbs and spices that have medicinal properties, as

well as the ability to neutralize the toxic effects caused by imbalances within the body.

Ayurvedic churnas combine all six of the ayurvedic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, pungent,

bitter, and astringent. They are created through the combination of a number of different

fresh herbs/spices, and can be added to almost any foods. Not only do churnas improve

the taste of the dish and add their own nutritional kick, they also bring out the medicinal

qualities of the foods they are added to. Ayurvedic churnas can also be sauteed in ghee

before being added to a dish.

The spices included in Ayurvedic churnas all have strong medicinal properties of their

own. Ayurveda teaches the health benefits of these herbs. Ground ginger, for example,

provides a pungent flavor but also calms the stomach and promotes good digestion.

Turmeric contains curcumin, which is thought to reduce cholesterol, provide a boost to

the immune system, aid in liver detoxification, and improve the body's response to

allergens. It is a potent antioxidant, which means it helps the body fight off dangerous

molecules known as free radicals, which contribute to your risk for heart disease and

cancer. Cumin is also known to help the body in its detoxification efforts as well as

make digestion smoother.

Ayurvedic churnas are not only great for enhancing flavor, they also carry a number of

health benefits of their own. Since they taste great, this makes it easy to provide a healthy addition to every meal you make.

Below are some wonderful Ayurvedic churna recipes and my amazing Dragonfly Signature Curry Spice Blend.  I hope you use these as a gauge to create your own unique and wonderful blends!

Remember, these are suggestions. Make this Churna specifically yours. You should love your specific spice blend. Your Churna should smell amazing to you. You can update your churna for each season etc. Buy fresh spices and grind them in a burr coffee grinder. Experiment with your food guide recommendations and amounts of spices.


The Creative (Vata)

1. 2 tbl. whole fennel seeds.

2. 1 tbl. whole coriander seeds.

3. 1 tbl. whole cumin seeds.

4. 1 tbl. ground turmeric.

5. 1 tbl. dried basil.

6. 2 tsp. powdered ginger.

7. 2 tsp. salt.

8. 1 tsp. asafetida (hing)

The Achiever (Pitta)

1. 2 tbl. whole fennel seeds.

2. 2 tbl. whole coriander seeds.

3. 2 tbl. whole cumin seeds.

4. 1 tbl. ground turmeric.

5. 2 tbl. chopped fresh mint leaves (or 1 tsp. dried mint leaves)

6. 1 tbl. whole cardamom seed kernels.

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The Lover (Kapha)

1. 1 tbl. fenugreek seeds.

2. 2 tbl. whole coriander seeds.

3. 1 tbl. ground ginger.

4. 1 tbl. whole cumin seeds.

5. 1 tbl. ground turmeric.

6. 1 tbl. ground cinnamon.

7. 1 tsp. ground clove.

8. ½ tsp. cayenne pepper or chili powder.

Dragonfly Signature Curry Spice Blend

Equal parts

Cumin seeds

Coriander seeds

Fennel seeds

Ginger ~ dried

½ part

Turmeric powder

Amla powder

¼ part

Cinnamon powder

Fenugreek seeds

Toast the cumin, coriander, fennel and fenugreek seeds in a dry cast iron

skillet until seeds start to pop. Remove from the burner and add all

ingredients to a grinder. I use a small burr coffee grinder set aside just for

grinding herbs. Grind together until fine powder forms.

Use this wonderful spice in all your curry cooking recipes. It is fabulous!

If you would like more recipes and videos we invite you to join our wonderful Dragonfly Membership.  A sattvic place for all your Ayurvedic lifestyle resources.

In Good Health, vitality, and peace,


©Dragonfly Ayurveda and Yoga, LLC 2020


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