Carrot Subji
© 1994, Excerpted with permission from Ayurvedic Cooking for Self-Healing
by Usha and Dr. Vasant Lad

The Qualities of Carrots

Carrots have many qualities—sweet, bitter, pungent, heating, light, sharp. For pitta, go easy on the chili, garlic, mustard seeds, and hing and eat in moderation. Cooked carrots are sweet and heating with a pungent vipaka, so this recipe is particularly balancing for vata and kapha.

Medicinal Uses: A good food for hemorrhoids, water retention, and blood building. It is an excellent brain tonic and aids deep thinking.

Doshic Notes
Vata =
Pitta =
Kapha =

 

 
Preparation

Wash and grate the carrots medium fine.

Put the cilantro, chili, ginger, garlic, coconut, and water in a blender and blend on high until liquid.

Heat a pot on medium and add the ghee, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and hing. When the seeds pop, add the blended mixture and salt, then brown very slightly.

Stir in the carrots, cover and cook on medium heat until just tender, about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

 

 

Ingredients, Serves 4

4 cups
carrots
1small handful

fresh cilantro, chopped

1/2
small green chili, chopped
1 and 1/2 inch
ginger, fresh, finely chopped
2
cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbs
coconut, shredded, unsweetened
1/2 cup
water
1 Tbs
ghee
1/2 tsp
black mustard seeds
1/2 tsp
cumin seeds
1 pinch
hing
1/4 tsp
salt

A note about spices from Ayurvedic Cooking, page 59, "Helpful Hints":

The seasoning has been made intentionally mild the better to suit all constitutions. Once you become familiar with the recipes, you may want to vary the spicing for your own tastes; simply try to keep the proportions in balance. If you have been fortunate enough to sample some of Usha Lad’s cooking, you would find that she uses at least double the quantities of seasonings suggested here.

 

 
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