Saucha Pancakes — Simple Ayurvedic Recipes

by Monica Gisella

A great way to step into the new year is by practicing the principle of Saucha — the first of Patanjali’s niyamas.

Saucha, meaning cleanliness, reminds us to live a healthy live and keep the body and mind pure.

Diet is an important part of that.

So, try my Saucha Pancakes recipe.

It is a beautiful sattvic dish that will help you cultivate a peaceful and harmonious energy.

saucha pancakes
Sweet potato is a Sattvic food that pacifies all doshas (tridoshic)

Saucha in Sanskrit literally means purity.

This is the niyama principle that prompts us to eat sattvic foods, keep our surroundings clean, have an optimal personal hygiene and self-care routine, and a clear mind.

Since the most important way of transforming our body is through diet — we are what we eat and digest —, we should have foods full of Prana and vitality, and eat as organically as possible.

That’s why it’s important to avoid preservatives, additives, and pesticides.

Cooking for ourselves is also a powerful strategy to control what goes into our bodies. A great way to keep them pure and clean for the soul to reside in.

The subtle essence of foods can also affect the balance of the mind. If we eat sattvic foods (Saucha), we can foster peace, contentment, and enthusiasm for life. However, eating Rajasic or Tamasic foods will result in mental over stimulation, dullness, and inertia.

If you need guidance on how to improve your personal hygiene with Ayurveda and have restorative morning routines, watch my video. These actions, repeated every morning, can help purify your thoughts and cleanse your body.

Saucha Pancakes

This is a wonderful sattvic recipe that promotes purity. Yet, it nourishes and sustains the body.

Although the pancakes are savory, you can still have them for breakfast or as a complement to your lunch and dinner with a side of gently cooked vegetables.

One of the main ingredients is sweet potato, which is sattvic in nature and tridoshic. They are grounding, nutritive, and a spleen tonic. Sweet potatoes are also one of my favorite foods to suggest to my clients or eat myself when I want to increase Ojas.

Saucha Pancakes


  • 2 cups Organic wheat flour
  • 1 cup Sweet potato, chopped in 1-inch sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp Ghee, melted
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 cups Fennel tea
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt


  • In a frying pan, on high heat, add the water. When it boils, add the sweet potato, reduce the heat to low, and cover. Let it cook for 7-9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, mash the sweet potato and set aside.
  • Now, mix the flour, spices, and salt well.
  • Add 1 tbsp ghee, the mashed sweet potato, and the tea, and stir until it becomes a thick batter. Add more or less tea if necessary.
  • Heat a frying pan to medium heat and add 1 tablespoon ghee.
  • With a large spoon, pour the batter into the pan.
  • Flip the pancakes when they start to bubble, adding a small amount of ghee as needed, and cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side.
Enjoy it with a side of sautéed zuchini or asparagus and a warm cup of anise tea.

Try also my cleansing Ayurvedic teas for each Dosha

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Lynn January 9, 2022 - 1:38 am

Dear Mónica
I just want to say thank you for your weekly email and tips on Ayurveda. I have implemented some of your tips and recipes into my daily routine. I know I have a long way to go and a lot to learn but I find your simple approach very helpful.

I thank you so much for your messages and tips. I look forward to your emails every week.

I wish you a Very Happy New Year.

Sending you love and light.

Thank you so much
Lynn Neller x

Monica Gisella January 10, 2022 - 7:59 am

Hi Lynn,

Thank you so much for your kind words. It really means a lot to me!!

I wish you too a wonderful and healthy year.

Love and Light.

Monica xx

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