Does Ayurveda promote vegetarianism?

Does Ayurveda promote vegetarianism

When Ayurveda comes to our mind, people visualize it as dealing with only herbs. This makes them relate to vegetarianism.

Ayurveda does not promote vegetarianism. In many of the Ayurveda classics, you will find mention of the meat or meat soup for treating various ailments.

Ayurveda classics like Charak samhita, Susruta samhita, Astanga hrydaya has clearly mentioned meats of hen, dove, pigeon, goat in their management of some diseases.

Does Ayurveda allow non veg?

Ayurveda is not a religion, its a science purely based on individual body characteristics(dosha). If some are weak and need animal protein in the diet, Ayurveda does not restrict that. In Ayurveda, there is clearly mention of non-veg foods.

Can we eat egg while taking Ayurvedic medicine?

Yes, you can eat eggs while taking Ayurvedic Medicine. Ayurvedic medicine does not interact with egg protein.

Should Vata Dosha eat meat?

Yes, Vata dosha person needs to eat more meat than a person with other types of dosha. Vata is dry, light, rough, and cold. Meats contain a substantial amount of fats which will counter all the qualities mentioned here.

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Ayurvedic vegetarian diet

There is a lot of Ayurvedic recipes for vegetarians to eat. If you want to become a vegetarian for some reason and want to remain healthy, follow the ayurvedic regimen, and Ayurvedic vegetarian diet.

Few ayurvedic vegetarian recipes to try


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It is prepared from Semolina or suji cooked in ghee. You can add chopped tomato, onion, green chilies, coriander leaves and grated ginger, coconut, and a little bit of salt of course. Adding cumin seeds make the dish good for digestion. It takes about 30 minutes to prepare the dish. Good for Vata and Kapha persons.

Lentil(Masoor) soup with spinach

Lentil ayurvedic soup
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This is prepared from lentils, spinach, onion, garlic, ginger, and other vegetables that you want to add like carrots, tomatoes. Cooking in ghee is one of the important aspects of ayurvedic recipes. Stir fry the chopped onions and garlic till becomes golden and then add the rinsed lentils and vegetables. After cooking for 10 minutes add the spinach and ginger to the pan. Keep in low flame adding some water and salt. It tastes so yum you will be pleased to be a vegetarian.



It is the most popular ayurvedic recipe that is not only easy to digest also easy to cook. Because it is easy to digest, it is recommended to have khichdi two-three days before any panchakarma therapy. Ingredients you need are rice, moong dal, ghee, mustard and cumin seeds, asafoetida powder, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, curry leaves or coriander leaves. It takes about a half-hour to cook the dish. Good for Vata, pitta, and increases Kapha.

About Dr. Ankurman Handique 44 Articles
A registered Ayurveda Practitioner. Loves to spread the knowledge of this Ancient Medical Science. He completed his degree BAMS(Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) from Govt. Ayurvedic College, Guwahati, Assam, India

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