This is a great soup for anyone feeling cold, a bit snuffly, with a vata constitution or vata imbalance. But fine for all constitutions – Kapha not all the time because the sweet potato can leave you feeling heavy.
Ayurveda offers food lists for each constitution – vata, pitta, Kapha – but really it’s about leaning in towards the food that has the balancing qualities for your constitutional needs, rather than thinking that you can never eat certain things.
Ayurveda suggests a plant based diet, but with meat for those that need it. That will be vata types mainly, and anyone who isn’t feeling 100% in the cold weather will benefit from this chicken soup.
1 chicken breast
1/2 red onion
1 clove garlic
1 tablespoon ghee
1 cup chopped sweet potato
1 cup chopped fennel bulb
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 pinch fenugreek
2 pinches black pepper
Enough vegetable stock to cover plus an inch
Rock salt to season to your taste
Zest of unwaxed lemon
Vata types 1/2 de-seeded green chilli/Kapha types 1 de-seeded green chilli/pitta types no green chilli – IT’S GOOD FOR PITA TYPES TO STAY AWAY FROM CHILLI, THEY ARE HOT ENOUGH 😉 Vata types can have a little unless out of balance (the warming quality is good but the pungent quality can be drying, vata types need to be careful here) meanwhile Kapha types benefit from both the pungent and heating qualities of chillis
Sauté the chopped chicken in the ghee with the other vegetables. Add the spices and Cook for a minute or two then add the stock and simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Add the lemon zest and season with salt and blend.
I served with olive oil and hazelnut dukkah.