Three Breakfast Porridge Recipes

A Hot Start to the Day for All Dosha Types

Why should we start the day with a hot breakfast, rather than something cold? Ayurvedic principles stipulate that meals should always be cooked and preferably eaten hot. The Agni, digestive fire, processes the ingested food and, if already cooked, this requires less energy, allowing the body to work more efficiently. Raw food should only be eaten when the digestive fire is at its most powerful, which is at noon, when the sun, Pitta energy and our Agni are in alignment.

Get off to a perfect and productive start with our three delicious breakfast porridge recipes, and give your health a boost while you’re at it.

  • A hot breakfast may entail a sweet porridge, spicy stew (kichari) or soup.
  • Wholegrain toast with a vegetable spread makes a good alternative.
Breakfast Porridge Recipe #1 Spelt Porridge
Ingredients – serves 1:
1 tsp ghee
40g spelt flakes
200ml water
1 tbsp grated apples
raisins to taste
Cinnamon and maple syrup
  • Heat the ghee and brown the spelt flakes. Add the water, maple syrup, cinnamon, raisins and grated apple. Stir well and simmer for around 20 minutes.
Breakfast Porridge Recipe #2 Oat Porridge
Ingredients – serves 1:
40g rolled oats
1 tsp ghee
½ tbsp grated coconut
75ml coconut milk
75ml rice milk
75ml coconut water
¼ cinnamon stick
1 section star anise
Maple syrup
  • Heat the ghee and briefly fry the grated coconut, star anise and cinnamon stick. Add all the liquids, then the rolled oats, and simmer for around 20 minutes. Serve with maple syrup.
Breakfast Porridge Recipe #3 Millet and Sea Buckthorn Porridge
20g millet
75ml water
5g sea buckthorn berries
½ tbsp sliced and toasted almonds
1 tbsp diced apple
½ tbsp grated coconut
1 tsp coconut oil
Lemon juice
A pinch of ginger
Maple syrup, cinnamon, cardamom and cayenne pepper
  • Heat the coconut oil, add the millet, spices, almonds and grated coconut. Add the water and remaining ingredients and simmer for around 20 minutes. Serve with maple syrup, spices and a dash of lemon juice.