Eat an apple a day and keep the doctor away, right?
Warm Ayurvedic Spiced Apples is one of my favorite healing recipes! They are a classic Ayurvedic meal designed to help us if we are having digestion or elimination issues.
Typically eaten on their own for breakfast or on top of a well-cooked cereal, you can also find them in my 5-day detox plan — get it by subscribing to my weekly letter 🙂
Ayurvedic benefits of stewed apples
Raw apples are Vata dosha aggravating, meaning that because of their astringent and cooling qualities they may make more severe the attributes of dryness, coldness, and gas formation that typically Vata individuals experience.
Nevertheless, they are a good staple fruit for Pitta and Kapha doshas.
Apples, especially if they are ripe and sweet, can pacify the Pitta fire.
If unripe and astringent, they can bring lightness to the heaviness of Kapha.
According to Ayurveda, not only do we need to consider the foods that we eat, but also the cooking method we use to prepare them.
Eating apples, even though astringent in nature, can help relieve Vata symptoms, such as constipation, when properly cooked and antidoted with the right spices.
That’s why this Warm Ayurvedic Spiced Apples recipe is tridoshic — good for all doshas — and perfect to relieve bloating and other digestion troubles.
It’s also key to apply the Ayurvedic principles for food combining.
How we mix foods can determine how well we digest a meal.
Regarding fruits, it’s recommended to eat them on their own, but if they are stewed they could be added to a grounding oatmeal, amaranth, or quinoa bowl. Yummy!
Because these apples are well cooked with spices that specifically support our absorption, they are the perfect option for an easy-to-digest, satisfying meal that is both delicious and healing.
This Warm Ayurvedic Spiced Apples recipe is tridoshic.
However, if you are Pitta dosha, follow the recommendations listed below to make this breakfast more suitable to your constitution.
By adding cinnamon, we can reduce the effect of the sugar present in the fruit. This spice also reduces Vata and Kapha because it is stimulant, diuretic, expectorant, and analgesic.
Pitta dosha: add minimal amounts.
By adding rose water, we can calm an aggravated Pitta dosha. Roses are cooling, but they enhance the digestive fire, which makes them tridoshic or appropriate for all three doshas.
This is a tridoshic spice that can aid in reducing the accumulation of ama (toxins) in the body and maintaining good health. Cardamom has warming and calming qualities, along with sweet and pungent tastes.
Fresh ginger root
Fresh ginger helps us invigorate our body, burn toxins, bring a sense of lightness when there is congestion and sluggishness, and liquify mucus.
Pitta dosha: if too aggravated, remove from the recipe. Otherwise, include it only occasionally.
This aromatic spice is hot and pungent, attributes that can diminish the Vata and Kapha doshas. It is also astringent, bitter, and pungent and supports detox protocols.
Pitta dosha: because it is hot and pungent, remove from the recipe.
Nutmeg is an astringent and aromatic spice that is also hot and dry. These qualities make it ideal for improving digestion.
Pitta dosha: This body type usually suffers from excessive digestive fire; therefore, cloves should be excluded from this recipe to pacify Pitta dosha.
Another good thing about this recipe is that it has lots of pectin, which is a naturally occurring substance found in apples.
Pectin is great for:
- Healing mucous membranes.
- Intestinal bleeding and ulcerations.
- Promoting gut health.
- Delaying stomach emptying, which helps us feel full for longer and facilitates weight loss efforts.
- Controlling blood sugar.
- Improving heart health.
- Relieving elimination problems, such as diarrhea and constipation.
- Enhancing iron absorption.
- Relieving acid reflux.
- Improving the condition of our hair and skin.
- Anti-cancer effects.
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Warm Ayurvedic Spiced Apples
- 2 Apples – preferably red and ripe
- ¼ cup Water
- 1 tbsp Rose water
- 1 tbsp Ghee
- Cinnamon stick
- Fresh ginger
- Peel and grate the apples. Set aside. Grate the ginger. Set aside.
- In a heavy saucepan, warm the ghee and add the grated fresh ginger, cooking until fragrant. Then, add the rest of the spices and simmer for about a minute.
- Stir in the grated apples, mix well. Add the water and cook over low heat, with the lid on, for about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Turn off the heat. Remove the cinnamon stick and cloves.
- Stir in the rose water. Serve with the cooking liquid and enjoy warm.
In general, my Warm Ayurvedic Spiced Apples recipe is the ideal breakfast when our digestive fire or Agni is weak, we are feeling ill, or just investigating options for detoxing our body naturally and feeling lighter.
These are some final points to consider:
- I’ve found that grating the apples, rather than chopping them, makes this meal more delicious and easier to prepare. Spices are better absorbed this way, which maximizes flavor.
- Peel the apples. The skin can cause gas.
- If you are Pitta aggravated, don’t include the ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.
- Don’t eat the seeds as they are toxic.
- Top this healing breakfast with rose petals.