Spice the Season: Spice Your Dosha

This spice cart just outside Gita Bhawan, in Rishikesh, attracts monkeys, cows, dogs, saree’d locals and kurta’d sadhaks alike. Some of us get told off! Others get told what to buy.

I took home small handfuls of cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, clove, fennel, ginger and turmeric to take to Medical Camp on Sunday. I thought I’d see if I could help remind the rural women of the medicine in their kitchens so they’d rely less on the pharmaceuticals that these medical camps hand out, and more on their own traditional wisdom.

It reminds me that I’ve long wanted to post a list of spices for the seasons, which corresponds to spices for each dosha (since each dosha corresponds to a season). Used in this way, your spices will balance the energies of the season, and the energies of you, making your kitchen a living medical camp everyday.


Autumn is Vata Season

Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cumin, Coriander, Asafoetida, Ajwan, Himalayan Pink Salt

Summer is Pitta Season
Fennel, Coriander, Cilantro, Mint, Dill, Turmeric, small amounts of Cardamom

Spring is Kapha Season
Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove, Cayenne, Chilies, Turmeric, Mustard Seeds, Black Pepper, Basil, Parsley,

You can spice according to the season, or you can spice according to your season.

What season are you?

Add spices to your meals, boil with hot water for a spice tea, or lightly cook into ghee, or your favorite cooking oil, to sprinkle on vegetables.

Ever wonder When to Grind and When to Toast? In this video, Melissa Clark of the New York Times shows you what, when and how.

What is your favorite spice?

Please share.




8 thoughts on “Spice the Season: Spice Your Dosha

  1. Laura, all your pictures are wonderful, but the one with the spices is my favourite.
    So envious you took home some of them 🙂
    I’m sure you’ve had a great time in India.

  2. I meant to comment on this post last month because I absolutely loved it. In fact it aligned perfectly with a few talks on spring eating I’ve been giving! It’s all about the simple strategies in the kitchen, like incorporating these spices, that you’re so good at highlighting and reminding us of how they help us know our bodies better and feel good. Thank you Laura!

    • Thanks Katie! Your talks sound amazing. You are excellent at simple meal strategies. In fact, I loved your recent post in the basics of salad making. Your info sheet is so smart, and so supportive of intuitive creativity in the kitchen. Best wishes to you, and happy Spring!

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