December 14, 2023

5 Ayurvedic Holiday Recipes.


Delicious Ayurvedic Holiday Recipes for Nourishment and Wellness

As we embrace the festive season, it’s the perfect time to explore the healing power of Ayurvedic spices and nourishing meals that promote balance and well-being. This post is dedicated to bringing you the best Ayurvedic holiday recipes that will please your taste buds while supporting your body and mind during this joyous time.

1. Pumpkin Gingerbread

Warm, comforting, and alive with flavor, Pumpkin Gingerbread is an excellent choice for the holiday season. Packed with Ayurvedic spices and nutrient-rich pumpkin, this recipe is not only delicious but also offers immense health benefits. The combination of pumpkin and ginger aids digestion, boosts immunity, and promotes soothing warmth in the body.


>> 2 cups whole wheat flour

>> 1 cup pumpkin puree

>> ½ cup jaggery, coconut sugar or maple syrup

>> 1/2 cup melted ghee or coconut oil

>> 1 tsp ground ginger

>> 1 tsp cinnamon powder

>> ½ tsp nutmeg powder

>> ½ tsp cardamom powder

>> 1 tsp baking powder

>> A pinch of salt

>> Chopped nuts (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a loaf pan.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, sweetener, melted ghee (or coconut oil), and spices.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt.
4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined.
5. Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan, sprinkle chopped nuts on top if desired, and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. Allow it to cool before slicing and savoring this decadent treat.

2. Butternut Squash Soup

As the temperatures drop, there’s nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of Butternut Squash Soup. This creamy and nourishing soup is not only a delightful culinary experience but is also abundant in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The combination of butternut squash, spices, and healing herbs in this recipe makes it a perfect addition to your Ayurvedic holiday menu.


>> 1 medium-sized butternut squash, peeled, deseeded, and cubed

>> 1 onion, diced

>> 2 cloves of garlic, minced

>> 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated

>> 3 cups vegetable or bone broth

>> 1 cup coconut milk

>> 1 tsp turmeric powder

>> 1 tsp cumin powder

>> Salt and pepper to taste

>> Fresh cilantro for garnish


1. Heat some ghee or coconut oil in a pot over medium heat and sauté the onions, garlic, and ginger until fragrant.
2. Add the cubed butternut squash, turmeric powder, cumin powder, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir well to coat the squash with the spices.
3. Pour in the vegetable broth and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer until the squash is tender.
4. Blend the mixture using a blender and blend until smooth.
5. Return the soup to the pot, stir in the coconut milk, and gently reheat if needed.
6. Serve hot, garnished with fresh cilantro.

3. Roasted Root Vegetables

Colorful, nutrient-dense, and incredibly satisfying, roasted root vegetables are a staple of Ayurvedic holiday parties. This recipe allows you to share the vibrant earthiness of root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, and parsnips. These colorful vegetables are high in fiber, promoting good digestion and regularity. By roasting these seasonal delights with warming spices, you create a dish that is both comforting and nourishing.


>> 2 cups mixed root vegetables (sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips), peeled and cubed

>> 3 tbsp melted ghee or olive oil

>> 1 tsp cumin powder

>> ½ tsp coriander powder

>> ½ tsp turmeric powder

>> Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, toss the cubed root vegetables with melted ghee or olive oil until evenly coated. Using ghee adds a rich flavor to the dish, while olive oil provides a light and healthy touch.
3. Add the cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt, and pepper to the bowl. These warming spices not only enhance the taste of the vegetables but also aid in digestion and promote overall wellness.
4. Mix the vegetables and spices together until they are well combined. This ensures that every bite is infused with the aromatic flavors of the seasonings.
5. Spread the seasoned vegetables in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. This allows the vegetables to roast evenly and develop a caramelized exterior while maintaining their tender interior.
6. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and roast for 30-40 minutes, or until the vegetables are fork-tender and golden brown. The roasting process brings out the natural sweetness of the root vegetables, adding a depth of flavor to the dish.
7. Serve the roasted root vegetables warm as a delightful side dish or as a standalone meal. They pair well with a dollop of tahini dressing or a sprinkle of fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro.

4. Ayurvedic Lentil Soup:


>> 1 cup of split red lentils

>> 2 tbsp of ghee

>> 1 tsp of cumin seeds

>> 1 tsp of grated ginger

>> 1 tsp of turmeric powder

>> 1 tsp of coriander powder

>> 1 tsp of fennel seeds

>> 4 cups of vegetable or chicken broth

>> Salt and pepper to taste

>> Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)


1. Rinse the red lentils thoroughly under cold water and set them aside.
2. In a large pot, melt the ghee over medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and fennel seeds and toast them until they release their aroma.
3. Add the grated ginger, turmeric powder, and coriander powder to the pot. Stir well to combine the spices with the ghee.
4. Add the rinsed lentils and vegetable or bone broth to the pot. Stir briefly and bring the mixture to a boil.
5. Reduce the heat to low and let the soup simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the lentils are soft and fully cooked.
6. Season the soup with salt and pepper according to your taste preferences.
7. Serve the lentil soup hot and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro. Enjoy its comforting flavors and healing properties!

5. Soothing Golden Milk:


>> 1 cup of almond milk (or any milk of your choice)

>> 1 inch of fresh turmeric root, grated (or 1 tsp of turmeric powder)

>> 1 tsp of honey

>> 1 tsp ghee

>> A pinch of ground cinnamon

>> A pinch of ground cardamom

>> A pinch of black pepper


1. In a small saucepan, heat the almond milk over low heat until warm (but not boiling).
2. Add the grated turmeric root (or turmeric powder), ghee, ground cinnamon, ground cardamom, and black pepper to the saucepan.
3. Whisk the ingredients gently until they are well combined and the flavors meld together.
4. Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes to infuse all the flavors.
5. Pour the warm beverage into your favorite mug, add honey and savor its soothing taste and medicinal benefits.

This holiday season, nourish your wellness by embracing the goodness of Ayurveda. These recipes not only provide comfort during chilly days but also support your overall health. Remember, nourishing your body and soul is a beautiful act of self-care that can enhance your well-being and invite a sense of balance and peace into your life.

So, take some time for yourself, enjoy these Ayurvedic delights, and savor the joy of the holiday season with a heart full of gratitude and love.


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