If cooking and eating done according to Ayurveda recommendations, it can help balance Pitta dosha. Of course, food is not the only thing that works here; you need to adjust your lifestyle to bring your dosha out of an imbalanced state. But starting with your tongue is one of the easiest things to do, so why omit it?
Eating For Pitta Dosha
Legumes are absorbed better if soaked overnight; you need to change water before cooking them. They are better cooked in a clay pot over an open fire. The best spices for legumes are: cumin, turmeric, ginger and asafoetida.
Do not abuse the sweets! Honey and molasses can be particularly harmful, and during hot season they can cause a skin rashes.
It is better for Pitta dosha to have breakfast and lunch at home, but if it is not possible, then choose Japanese and Chinese restaurants. Italian, Mexican and modern Indian cuisine is not good for you, because it is usually too salty and spicy.
Don’t watch TV, chat or read while having your meals; your food should calm down your fiery dosha, but doing some other activity along with eating you diminish the whole effect of taking the proper foods.
Being competitive is natural for Pitta, but if you engage yourself in such activities while eating, it may have a detrimental effect on the digestion. Another thing is that if you are not focused on your meals you won’t get much satisfaction from it, and this in turn will often lead to overeating.
Drink half a glass of mineral water or chamomile tea before the meals. If you have to eat too much fatty foods, drink a weakly brewed unsweetened tea along with it; ginger tea after such meals will be also good.
Watch your water consumption during the day; avoid dehydration, but do not drink more than 1.5 liters of water a day (you can have more during the hot season, though).
Have a glass of warm milk with saffron, cinnamon and turmeric before bedtime.
Eat more fresh and raw fruits, but without mixing them with other foods. Fruit jams are also good for Pitta dosha.
Eating cereals cooked with milk is not recommended; better have them cooked with plain water but add various dried fruits, like raisins, etc.
If you are still attached to meat eating, only have it cooked or baked; but giving it up will contribute a lot to balancing your Pitta dosha and overall health. Being vegetarian is beneficial for Pitta.