Ayurvedic Nutrition and Cooking

Item Code: IDK218
Author: Dr. Sunanda Ranade
Publisher: Chaukhamba Sanskrit Pratishthan
Language: English
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 8170843571
Pages: 258
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.0" X 6.0"
Weight 570 gm
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Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking is a unique book dealing with basic principles of food, rules of eating, methods of preparation, various food recipes with Ayurvedic understanding. It has been divided in 3 parts. The first part deals with basic principles of Ayurveda like concept of tridosha, attributes, constitution & energetic principles of food. The second part deals with nutrition, rules & regulations of eating as well as various other concepts like contradictor diet. The third part deals with various recipes. These have been divided in 14 chapters like beverages, snacks, leafy vegetables, rice, chapatti etc. Each recipe has been explained with its ingredients, method of preparation and its effects on doshas. More than 100 recipes have been described in this book.


About the Author

Dr. Sunanda Ranade is expert Ayurvedic gynecologist and nutritionist. She is Director of International Academy of Ayurveda, Pune, India (www.Ayurveda-int.com) and its working in the field of Ayurveda and Yoga since last 40 years.

Dr. Sunanda Ranade has written hundreds of articles on Ayurveda, which have been published not only in Indian magazines and newspapers but also in Italy and Germany and USA. She is also the author of several books on Ayurveda, which have published in Marathi, English, Italian and Spanish Languages.

DR. Sunanda Ranade is working as visiting Professor to various Institutes in United State like Ayu-Seattle; American Institute of Ayurveda, San Francisco; Seva Academy, Munich, Germany; SKA Ayurveda, Milan, Italy; Salamanca University in Spain; Ayurveda center in Israel (Broshim campus Tel Aviv university); Bergler massage school in Graz, Austria, federation in Portugal. Since last 20 years she has visited Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and Brazil for giving lectures at various Institutes in these countries. She has also substantially contributed for CD ROM-Dhanvantari that is the first CD on Ayurveda.



Diet is essential part of our life. From the food what we consume, we receive strength, life force and immunity to fight against the diseases.

Diet not only nourishes our body but our mind also. The Upanishad says that food we consume gets separated in three parts. The solid part nourishes our tissues and the waste products like feces, the liquid part nourishes mostly that liquid wastes like urine and the subtle part nourishes the mind.

Ayurveda and Yoga, both healing sciences have therefore very minutely described the qualities and effects of different foods. To understand this they have explained in detail twenty attributes, energetic principles taste, potency, post-digestive effect and their relation to tridosha. Although Ayurveda has not prohibited the use of meat and other non-vegetarian food substances, both Ayurveda and Yoga emphasize the need to achieve highest sattvic qualities in our body and mind by taking sattvic vegetarian diet. In this book, I have therefore explained only some important vegetarian Indian reciepes.

The book has been divided in three parts. In the first part, basic principles of Ayurveda have been explained. The second part deals with basic principles of Ayurvedic nutrition and the third part consists of various cooking preparations with their effect on tridosha. Ayurveda has not explained any special cooking procedures for food substances so that they can have particular effects on doshas. To understand this one must study the energetic principles of food along with twenty attributes and their effects on doshas.

Diet is most important part of our daily life. If we prepare and consume proper diet, we can maintain our health very well. On the other hand improper diet leads to formation of various diseases. I hope that after going through the book, people will understand all the concepts of diet as explained in Ayurveda and will remain healthy by eating healthy food.

For the Second Edition The First edition was prepared in September 1887, when I was invited by Mamata Laderman, in Redwood forest, California, USA for lectures on Ayurvedic nutrition.

At that time I had never thought that the second edition will come out quickly in January 1998. This was largely due to the overwhelming response I received for the book from my students from USA, Germany, Italy and Poland.

Students and people were so fascinated by this book that they wanted more receipes and their effects on doshas and constitution. Hence, I decided to add few more receipes with classical description.

For the Third Revised Edition I am extremely happy to introduce to revised third edition. In this edition. I have included the information regarding various bakery products and their effects on doshas. I have mentioned the properties of refined wheat flour or maida which is used for preparations of various bakery products, making Chapati or Nan and Pizza in various restaurant and hotels.

In part one, I have also explained the general rules of eating and the circadian rythum of doshas, which were overlooked in previous edition.

In the meanwhile the book has now been translated in Spanish Language and this work was done by School of Ayurvedic Culture in Barcelona in Spain where I was invited many times for teaching nutrition classes. I am thankful to Dr. Angela Sanz for her efforts of bringing out in Spanish language in excellent manner.

For the Fourth Revised Edition I was teaching intensive nutrition classes of 4 days duration at Bergler Massage School in Graz-Austria. During this teaching, I discussed with students in detail about the individual breakfast, lunch and dinner according to constitution. Therefore, I have added this concept in this edition. I have also added few recipes.

The book has been translated and published in Italian Language. Very soon due to the efforts of Nelly Seby this will be also published in French language.

The Fourth revised edition in coming out from Chaukhamba Sanskrit Pratishthan, Delhi . And I am thankful to Mr. Praveen Gupt for this.


The "Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking", a book by Dr.Sunanda Ranade is a timely gift for all the lovers of Ayurveda. Now-a-days, Ayurveda is becoming widespread and has been accepted all over the world. Everyone would like to understand this ancient science and try to introduce it into his daily practices.

Food is an essential requirement in life and one can attain good health by following a proper, natural diet. Most health problems develop due to the wrong eating habits and cooking methods. The chemistry and physics of different food materials is now well known to the world, but it is not understood how the body transforms the food into substances like cholesterol. Cholesterol in understood as a substance in the body and also in different food materials. But the conversion process is not yet understood by modern science. Only through Ayurveda can one understand the constitution of the body and of every material in the world, not only as a physical substance, but through the process of interaction.

In the recipe section, some of the preparations indicate the increase, decrease or balance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The individual can understand the constitution of his own body and select recipes to maintain the balance of his health.

The Information contained in this book will be particularly useful in foreign countries since many people are looking for holistic healing methods and a natural cure through Ayurvedic diet and food preparations. This book by Dr. Sunanda Ranade is a very valuable contribution towards Ayurvedic literature.



1. Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda 3
2. Energetic Principles 15
3. Attributes 22
4. Constitution-Prakruti 25
5. Assessment of Constitution 32
6. Diet for Vata Constitution 37
7. Diet for Pitta Constitution 39
8. Diet for Kapha Constitution 41
9. Recipes according to Constitution 43
10. Basic Principles of Ayurvedic Nutrition 52
11. Vegetarian Diet 62
12. Contradictory Food-Viruddha Ahara 67
13. Qualities of Food Substances 70
14. Beverages 93
15. Snacks 114
16. Soups 139
17. Rice 146
18. Chapati-Roti 152
19. Curries 156
20. Leafy – Non leafy Vegetable Recipes 163
21. Sprouted Beans and Vegetable (Usali) 187
22. Porridges 190
23. Raita 195
24. Salad 201
25. Chutney 205
26. Pickles 213
27. Desserts 219
28. Kitchen Pharmacy 226
  Glossary 236
  Index 240


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