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Kapha Breakfast Recipes

RECIPE: Spiced fruit compote

I have tried so many breakfast dishes because basically, I get bored. But I have to admit, this is one of the best breakfasts for kapha (me). It does not make me bloated which many store-bought cereals do, and it smells like Christmas. I make a double portion in the evening and heat it up at work for a couple of days. -CMM

From the book Eat Right For Your Body Type by Anjum Anand

Apples are considered excellent for balancing kapha – they say those with a kapha imbalance should start every day with stewed apple. In fact, once cooked, they are good for all doshas and help increase ojas (our vitality). Pears are great for balancing hormones and for energy. This dish is perfect for winter or summer mornings. It is especially good for pitta in winter, and they can add some flaked coconut and a little butter or ghee. Vata could add 1 tablespoon of ground almonds, some flaked coconut and a little butter or ghee. Prunes are a great source of fibre and vitamins. How long this dish takes to make will depend on how ripe your fruit is. If your pear is already soft, add it towards the end of the cooking time; if it is hard you can add it in with the apples. 

Serves 1 generously

  • 1/3 teaspoon cornflour
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 small apple, cored, cubed or sliced
  • 3 dried prunes
  • 1 cinnamon stick (or I use cinnamon powder)
  • 1 slice ginger, peeled (or I use ginger powder)
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon lemon juice, or to taste
  • 1 small pear, cored and cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon maple syrup (I leave this out)
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon agave syrup  (I leave this out)


  1. Stir the cornflour into the water to dissolve, then pour into a small saucepan. Add the apple, prunes, cinnamon, ginger and lemon juice and zest. Cover and cook on a low-medium heat for 5 minutes or until the apple is softening. Stir in the pear, cover and cook for a further 2–4 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook until the fruits are soft and cooked and cradled in thick juices (add a spoonful of warm water if necessary).
  2. Take off the heat, stir in the sweetener to taste and serve.

From Anjum Anand from Eat Right For Your Body Type

RECIPE: Cardamom Quinoa Porridge

This is an easy delicious breakfast. As it’s too cumbersome to take extra milk to work with me, I just eat it fairly dry or add a dash of boiling water. As nuts are heavy and thus Kapha increasing, I omit the almonds from the recipe. -CM

Serves 2

1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
1 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, divided
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp coarse salt
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1 sliced pear, divided
4 Tbsp toasted sliced almonds, divided (omit for Kapha)

In a saucepan, bring quinoa, 3/4 cup almond milk, water, vanilla, salt, and cardamom to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed, 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and let rest five minutes, then fluff with a fork.

For each serving, top 1/2 cup quinoa with 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 sliced pear, and 2 Tbsp almonds.

Cook’s Note
Refrigerate cooked quinoa in an airtight container up to 3 days.

via Cardamom Quinoa Porridge | Whole Living.

RECIPE: Grapefruit with Honey, Ginger & Cardamom

Grapefruit with honey, ginger & cardamon

From: Joyfull

Simple, cleansing, sweet, tangy and tart, this recipe is our favorite breakfast for kapha dosha. Kapha people should feel liberated from large breakfasts. Many have been force fed a philosophy, “Breakfast is the most important meal.” Instead, Ayurveda recommends a light meal that will help ‘wake-up’ the body after a long, cozy night of sleeping. The morning is the best time to metabolize unwanted pounds and start the day off feeling clean and fresh.

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ayurvedic Notes
Grapefruit improves fat metabolism and lowers cholesterol. Scientists have hypothesized that the grapefruit reduced insulin levels, encouraging fat loss. In Ayurveda, the secret to grapefruit lies in the combination of sour and bitter. Stagnant bile tends to collect and thicken in the gall bladder, forming stones. The bitter and sour tastes in the grapefruit stimulate the flow of bile, diluting and flushing it out into the small intestine. Drainage of bile cleans the liver of congestion. The removal of bile from the liver, due to its oilyness, lowers cholesterol levels in the blood. Removal of bile directly reduces pitta making the spine feel cool and relaxed.

Raw honey is the only safe sweetener for kapha. It increases fat metabolism. Ginger gives this recipe an ‘agni’ kick meaning it ignites the digestive fire. Honey and ginger together heat the blood. Notice how they direct sensation to the frontal lobe of brain, the cerebral cortex, which awakens the mind’s ability to concentrate and analyze. Ginger also stimulates the heart.

Lastly cardamom and the bitter rinds clear the stomach of kapha stagnation. Grapefruits are contraindicated for high blood pressure or when using anti-depressants.

1 tsp Honey
1/8 tsp Cardamom
1/8 tsp Ginger (Dried)
1 c Grapefruit

Peel grapefruit.
Slice in flat circles.
Mix ginger and cardamom with honey into a spicy paste.
Drizzle over the sliced grapefruit.
Cardamom is optional.

RECIPE: Quinoa with Prunes

Here’s a breakfast recipe I love. I don’t use prunes, I use raisins, and if I don’t have rice milk I use almond milk.

Dr. Oz’s Quinoa with Prunes Recipe
Recipe created by Dr. Mehmet Oz

Start the day with a bowl of this healthy whole grain. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. (Not many cleanses incorporate protein, which can be problematic; if you’re not consuming enough amino acids, your body will begin mining them from your muscle tissue. Muscle loss is, unfortunately, one way that detox dieters lose weight.) Quinoa also provides fiber to bulk up stool, and phosphorus to help stimulate bowel movements. The prunes deliver even more fiber, plus sorbitol, a sugar alcohol with a laxative effect.

1 cup water
½ cup quinoa
1 pinch nutmeg
1 tsp. grated ginger
⅓ cup chopped prunes
¼ cup rice milk

Bring the water, quinoa, nutmeg, and ginger to a boil in a small pot. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Then stir in the prunes and rice milk. Cover the pot again and cook for another five minutes.

via Quinoa with Prunes Recipe – Quinoa Recipes –

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