The Ayurvedic Kitchen
In looking to live a holistic life with Ayurved, an Ayurvedic kitchen is a great option to invest in. For one simple reason. Diet is a huge component of healthy living, so plan an Ayurvedic diet with the right tools and foods to make your culinary life hassle-free.
One of the major benefits of setting up an Ayurvedic kitchen is that there needs to be very little complexity or hard-craft in setting it up. In fact setting up an Ayurvedic kitchen can be an investment, and although initially pricey it will pay for itself in the long run. Let’s get into how to setup your Ayurvedic kitchen.
Ayurvedic Pantry Staples
Ditch the Teflon for stainless steel or cast iron. Aluminium and Teflon non-stick pans can degrade over time and cause harmful chemicals to seep into your Ayurvedic cooking. Think of investing in quality materials here as a long term investment, saving you big bucks over the years opposed to cheaper non-stick pans. Aim for:
- 2 pots with a lid
- 1 steel or cast iron pan
- 1 stainless steel pressure cooker
- 2 mixing bowls (glass or stainless steel)
- 1 wooden cutting board
Essential Kitchen Utensils
If you know your way around a kitchen you know you are going to need a good set of knives. They are the best cooking utensils for health, because they can help you get your Ayurvedic recipes right – food that appeals to the palate and the eye. You will need a chef’s knife and a pairing knife (affectionately known as a parry knife).
Just as with your kitchenware, knives are an investment. You will want to invest in good quality knives with wooden handles, all full-bodied steel. And remember you don’t need a flashy block, just an 8-inch chef's knife and a paring knife. Learn proper knife care from any online video, most manufacturers tell you how, and you’ll be set for at least a decade.
Ayurvedic Food Essentials
Now that you have the basic tools and utensils set up, let’s get to foods!
A staple of any Ayurvedic food list, you will want to stock up on your brown Basmati rice. Consider white rice if you feel like your body is overheating especially in the coming summer season.
Beans and Chickpeas
Fruits and Veggies
Not much to say here that isn't obvious. Stay colorful, fresh and in season!
Variety is the spice of life, and spices are no different to making your food taste delicious and help with gut (even overall) health. Ayurveda shines here with a whole host of spices you can use to season your food and even drinks. These come down to personal preferences, but here is a basic guide:
- Rock salt
- Black pepper
- Mustard seed
- Bay leaves
- Cumin seeds
Play it by Culinary Ear
You may already have leftovers like spatulas, rolling pins, etc so they aren’t on the main list. Play this by ear according to what you intend to cook in the future. Make sure to buy glass, stainless steel, cast iron or wood. Happy cooking!