Welcome to Vedic Vegan!
This website means to share vegan recipes that are primarily inspired by Ayurvedic food wisdom. These recipes are not only simple and nourishing, but also contains healing and therapeutic qualities to help rejuvenate and restore health.
“Vedic Food Wisdom” refers to ancient wisdom and knowledge that prevailed in Vedic period (1000-500 B.C.E). “Yoga” has descended from Vedic culture and we are all aware of the benefits it can bring to our lives if practiced on a regular basis. As Yoga provides peace, stamina, and connects us with our conscious mind. Similarly, Vedic Food provides us with nourishment, physical energy, and positive thinking and promotes our overall well being. Yoga and Yogic Food (i.e. Vedic Food) are part and parcel of a Vedic lifestyle. In essence, Vedic food wisdom provides knowledge on food selection, preparation, right food combinations, healing spices and herbs, and method of consumption (mindset and prevailing environment).
Vedic principles embodies techniques on how food should be prepared and consumed, and emphasises on eating with a conscious mind and gratitude.
Basic Ayurvedic Food Practices –
- Consuming Fresh and Seasonal Produce (Closer to home) – i.e. Food with less mileage. Food that has travelled less to be on your plates provides higher nourishment and nutrients, hence are best choice of food! Seasonal and local grown food is a better option over any food that may look exotic but had to be shipped miles away from another part of the world. Fresh and Local food is high in Pranic value (i.e. the life source in food).
- Cooked food over Raw – Raw is not for everyone, Cooked food is better digested and assimilated in our bodies. There is a new trend of eating “Raw” and juicing all your vegetables. As per Vedic Science, only fruits are naturally meant to be consumed raw; raw vegetables such as Spinach, Rapini, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage etc.. should rather be cooked prior to consumption, to avoid unnecessary burden on your gut. Summer is more favourable for eating Raw, whereas warm and cooked food should be consumed during fall and winter seasons.
- Cooking with healing spices and herbs – Vedic cooking entails integrating food with right spices and herbs that have a number of health benefits. Spices and Herbs adds flavour to your meals while also help cleanse toxins from our body. Vedic Food Wisdom dictates that the food we consume not only affects our bodies, but also influences our mind and soul. Vedic cooking principles offers more than satiation and nourishes your mind and senses.
- Consume food high in Pranic Value/Life Source – Food that is fresh and consumed shortly after it’s preparation is considered high Pranic in nature. “Prana” refers to the life source that gives you the vital energy to sustain and live life to the fullest. It is recommended that meals should be consumed within 2-3 hours of it’s preparation. Anything longer than 2-3 hours is basically a food with diminished Pranic Value and will lack vital energy and be tougher to digest (i.e. Frozen foods are best to be avoided).
- Cook with 6 tastes of an Ayurvedic Meal – Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Astringent and Bitter. As per Vedic cooking principles, 6 tastes when included in a meal, makes it a well-balanced meal that delivers energy to the body and rejuvenates your mind. In essence, 6 tastes in a meal makes your feel completely satisfied, leaving no room for cravings.
- Conscious eating– This specific principle refers to eating with a conscious mind. To elaborate, eating with a state of mind that is peaceful and calm, away from all distractions, solely the time to just relish the food that’s in front of you (In the Vedic period, squatting on the floor on a mat and eating with your hands was the traditional way to consume meals – In a very Yogic posture connecting you with your food). Conscious eating also refers to paying closer attention to our body – i.e. listening to your appetites. Eating only when you are hungry, and eating just 2 handfuls at each meal. eating anything more may be pleasant to your tongue, but will be unpleasant to your stomach and overall digestive system.
These ancient principles and techniques go a long way in restoring and maintaining your health and well-being.
HEALING THROUGH SPICES (COOLING & HEATING SPICES)
Use of Spices and Herbs hold a significance place in Vedic food wisdom. Vedic food is cooked with appropriate spices and herbs to enhance the flavour of the food, as well as to increase it’s digestive capability upon consumption. You would often notice that in Vedic cooking methods, only a few spices make into a specific recipe and others are left out. There is actually a rhyme and a reason to this practice. In simple terms, if the food you are cooking has cold qualities then it is mixed with appropriate heating spices to create a balance. And on the contrary, if the food you are about to cook is heating in it’s natural properties, then cooling spices are used to neutralize it, so that it doesn’t interfere with your digestive system and you can still enjoy it without aggravating your digestive system.
Read more on the link below for detailed list of spices and their significance.