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Tasty Ayurveda:

the path to holistic wellbeing starts with nutrition

Nutrition is central to Ayurveda. Since diet plays an essential role in maintaining good physical and mental health, we at the European Ayurveda Resort Mandira serve the freshest, tastiest dishes based on Ayurvedic principles, but tailored to the European palate and using local produce.

Light and easily digestible, your European Ayurveda cuisine meals cleanse and detoxify, providing optimal support during your treatment programme. And they taste amazing, too! Our chef, Markus Lengauer, is a master at conjuring up mouthwatering Ayurvedic dishes using top-quality ingredients.

European Ayurveda cuisine: regional nutrition based on Ayurveda

Nutrition based on Ayurvedic principles doesn’t necessitate the use of exotic foods. The real emphasis in Ayurveda is that food should do us the world of good. That’s why we developed the concept of European Ayurveda cuisine. Taking into account the basic principles of Ayurveda, it is geared towards European culinary preferences and habits, using foods commonly grown in Europe. This is entirely in line with Ayurvedic philosophy, which teaches that our bodies find it easiest to digest foods grown in the soil on which we were raised.

We therefore believe that we must make the most of the delicious food grown regionally and locally. And there is plenty of room for culinary experimentation: our kitchen team channel their enthusiasm and creativity into combining Indian and Austrian traditions, marrying produce from Styrian farms with Indian ingredients such as chickpeas and lentils.

European Ayurveda cuisine is meat free to ensure the digestive system is not subjected to any unnecessary stress. Also, a vegetarian diet supports detoxification and is particularly conducive to inner clarity and energy.

The basic principles of Ayurvedic nutrition

Essentially, Ayurvedic nutrition is about eating mindfully and in moderation to meet our individual requirements. We should consume the freshest, highest-quality foods possible, taking our time to enjoy meals that have been prepared with care. Ideally, we should dine in a calm and pleasant atmosphere without distractions

Light, warm meals

European Ayurveda cuisine favours easily digestible, warm, cooked foods. Raw foods are only occasionally recommended. Avoid large quantities of cheese, fish, meat and fatty foods. You should also observe a gap of three to four hours between meals, with minimal snacking, to support the digestion process.

The right combination matters

Eating the right combination of foods is key. Animal proteins (meat, fish, eggs and dairy products) should not be consumed together as this creates metabolic waste (Ama). Grains and potatoes are best served with vegetables or salad, while rice counts as a light food and can be combined with anything.

Herbs and spices

Spices and herbs are a staple of Ayurvedic nutrition. In India, where they are considered sacred, spices are used liberally since, aside from their superb flavour, herbs and spices are prized for their healing power. In European Ayurveda, we have developed recipes that make use of local herbs that correspond to their Indian counterparts in terms of their healing efficacy.

The basic principles of Ayurvedic nutrition

Essentially, Ayurvedic nutrition is about eating mindfully and in moderation to meet our individual requirements. We should consume the freshest, highest-quality foods possible, taking our time to enjoy meals that have been prepared with care. Ideally, we should dine in a calm and pleasant atmosphere without distractions

Light, warm meals

European Ayurveda cuisine favours easily digestible, warm, cooked foods. Raw foods are only occasionally recommended. Avoid large quantities of cheese, fish, meat and fatty foods. You should also observe a gap of three to four hours between meals, with minimal snacking, to support the digestion process.

The right combination matters

Eating the right combination of foods is key. Animal proteins (meat, fish, eggs and dairy products) should not be consumed together as this creates metabolic waste (Ama). Grains and potatoes are best served with vegetables or salad, while rice counts as a light food and can be combined with anything.

Herbs and spices

Spices and herbs are a staple of Ayurvedic nutrition. In India, where they are considered sacred, spices are used liberally since, aside from their superb flavour, herbs and spices are prized for their healing power. In European Ayurveda, we have developed recipes that make use of local herbs that correspond to their Indian counterparts in terms of their healing efficacy.

Ayurveda Ernährung maßgeschneidert im European Ayurveda
Ayurveda’s golden rule: nutrition is determined by constitutional type

Ayurvedic teaching places a great deal of importance on each person’s individual constitution. When it comes to nutrition, ‘one man’s meat is another man’s poison’! The optimal diet doesn’t look the same for everyone, rather it is determined by individual type. Ayurveda teaches that the three vital energies, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, are present in everyone. People generally fall into one of the three categories depending on their dominant energy (Dosha). With the right diet, the Doshas can be brought into balance. According to Ayurvedic teaching, a person’s specific Dosha type determines the right diet for them.

Ayurveda Ernährung maßgeschneidert im European Ayurveda
Ayurveda’s golden rule: nutrition is determined by constitutional type

Ayurvedic teaching places a great deal of importance on each person’s individual constitution. When it comes to nutrition, ‘one man’s meat is another man’s poison’! The optimal diet doesn’t look the same for everyone, rather it is determined by individual type. Ayurveda teaches that the three vital energies, Vata, Pitta and Kapha, are present in everyone. People generally fall into one of the three categories depending on their dominant energy (Dosha). With the right diet, the Doshas can be brought into balance. According to Ayurvedic teaching, a person’s specific Dosha type determines the right diet for them.

Ayurvedic nutrition for Vata types

Vata types tend to be flexible and dynamic, but prone to anxiety and stress. Vata types should eat regularly to restore balance. Warm, comforting meals balance tension in the Vata Dosha. Sweet, sour and salty tastes are recommended.

Ayurvedic nutrition for Pitta types

Strong Pitta types are assertive and full of energy, but can come across as dominant and irritable. Pitta types can cool their fiery temperament by consuming cool or moderately warm foods and drinks. They should reduce their intake of spicy and sour foods, and instead choose sweet, bitter and astringent dishes.

Ayurvedic nutrition for Kapha types

Kapha types are patient, reliable and maintain emotional stability in stressful situations. An excess of the Kapha Dosha sometimes creates a tendency towards idleness and weight gain. A suitable diet for this type is light, ideally warm foods and drinks, and spicy, bitter and astringent foods. Kapha types should avoid rich, fatty meals and cold foods.

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Strengthening the Agni: digestion in Ayurvedic nutrition

Ayurvedic teachings tell us that good digestion is the key to health, and that nutrition can strengthen digestive fire (Agni). To fuel the Agni, make sure you eat Dosha type-appropriate dishes. It is advisable to leave a gap of a few hours between meals, as undigested food causes digestive problems.

We should also eat in harmony with our biorhythms. The digestive fire is at its strongest at midday, so make lunch your main meal. In the morning, however, when digestion is weak, enjoy a light breakfast, for example warm porridge.

Better than butter: what role does ghee play in Ayurvedic nutrition?

Ghee is major ingredient in Ayurvedic cuisine. Aptly dubbed ‘edible gold’, ghee is clarified butter made by heating and skimming off impurities from the surface. This makes the fat very easy to digest. It also has numerous positive effects on the body:

  • Enhances digestion

  • Releases toxins and waste material

  • Reduces inflammation

  • … and much more

Ghee is a gift for Vata and Pitta types, as it increases the ratio of Kapha and harmonises the Doshas.