Spices are an important part of Ayurvedic cooking as they “activate” the qualities of our food and make food easier to digest- not to mention making food very tasty!
When most of us hear the word spice, however, we tend to think hot. The truth of the matter is all different types of spices have different qualities and some spices can actually help cool us down. With today being the first official day of summer, below is a recipe for a Summer Spice Mix which includes a variety of spices that have a cooling after effect and help to reduce Pitta which is at its height during the summer season.
When incorporating spices into your meals, be sure to mix the spices in when you are cooking your food to get the full benefits – don’t just sprinkle them on after. I use this spice mix in anything and everything – from veggies, grains to meats – and of course in kitchari!
Enjoy and let me know what you make with it!
Summer Spice Mix
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 Tablespoon coriander
1 Tablespoon fennel
1 Tablespoon turmeric
1 Teaspoon cardamom powder
You can use whole seeds or use in powdered form.
- If using all powder, just combine in a bowl and stir.
- If using a combination of seeds and powder, grind the seeds and powder in a Magic Bullet or Coffee Grinder.
Store in a glass jar. Lasts up to four weeks.