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Ayurvedic Food

I ate dinner at Divya’s Kitchen the other week with a friend. It is a Vegetarian Ayurvedic restaurant in the East Village and I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience! My friend and I both ordered lunch/dinner again from there within the next few nights.

What does Ayurveda mean? It is the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.

On the menu there were the words “Vata”, Balancing for Airy, “Pitta”, Balancing for Fiery, “Kapha” Balancing for Earthy, and “Tridoshic” Balancing for All. Next to each dish, would be one of these words.

There are several ways to determine your body type. The most accurate is through the detailed history and physical by an Ayurvedic Physician. The owner, Divya Alter , studied Ayurveda in India. I was lucky enough to speak with her after my dinner. She is extremely knowledgeable and passionate, and has a beautiful blog with many recipes and an article that further explains Ayurvedic eating.  You can check her website out here.

She also offers Ayurvedic cooking classes above her restaurant that I am so eager to check out!

Below is Roasted Seasonal Vegetables with Quinoa-wild rice pilaf, beluga lentils and tahini sauce

Below is Seasonal Khichari, a grains and lentils stew with yellow mung, red lentils, quinoa, basmati rice, green beans, carrots, zucchini, kale, cilantro-mint chutney and sautéed leafy greens.  This dish was so warming and filling but also light and I left feeling super nourished.

Below is delicious Raw Chocolate Mousse dessert sweetened with dates

They also have the most impressive tea selection I have ever seen! I would totally come here with a friend just to meet up for tea.

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Some other fun facts about Divya’s Kitchen:

  • They make their cultured Ghee ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀
  • They cook their soup 2x a day ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
  • They make their own almond milk (no nasty fillers/preservatives) ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
  • Divya sells her cookbook, ghee, raw chocolate and many other goodies at a table in the restaurant, seen below. You can find her cookbook here:

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