Sweet potato porridge for Vata dosha

This sweet potato porridge is perfect for those of you who associate with the Vata dosha. Learn more about this dosha type and learn how to make this dish too...

dosha recipe

About Vata dosha

Vata is one of the three doshas according to Ayurvedic thought. Vata dosha is made of the elements ether (or space) and air. Therefore it’s super spacious and airy. It’s light and moves around quickly. People who have a lot of vata in them, tend to have dry skin, dry hair, their joints pop every now and then, they talk fast and often, they love to travel, forget to eat, have difficulties falling asleep, are very creative, enthusiastic, but also sometimes fearful, insecure and restless.

Yoga for Vata dosha

The main focus should be to ground. To relax and restore. Restorative yoga practices are awesome for vata dosha! Also, it’s best to eat a diet that helps to lower vata.

Vatas benefit from heavy, rich, oily foods in order to harmonize their natural sense of lightness, movement, and instability. The best tastes to pacify Vata are sweet, salty, and sour

Cooked vegetables are best. Raw vegetables should be minimized. Asparagus, beets, squash, and carrots are highly recommended. Other vegetables may be taken in moderation if cooked in extra virgin olive oil, including peas, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and sweet potatoes.

Sweet, heavy fruits such as bananas, avocados, mangoes, apricots, plums, berries, coconut, figs, grapefruit, orange, lemon, melons, papaya, peaches, pineapples, rhubarb, kiwi, dates, nectarines and dried fruits are acceptable.

Rice is an excellent cereal for Vatas. Nuts are always welcome, as well as warming spices such as cardamom, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, mustard seed, basil, cilantro, fennel, oregano, sage, thyme, and black pepper.

Sweet potato porridge

This recipe is especially recommended for Vata types. It sounds like an usual combination but I promise it’s delicious!

dosha recipe


  • 1 pureed cooked sweet potato
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • cinnamon
  • ginger
  • turmeric
  • hazelnuts
  • gomasio (or you can use sesame seeds and some sea salt)
  • 1 peach


Cook the sweet potatoes until soft and then puree or mash them.

Cook the oats in the almond milk.

Serve the oats in a bowl and then add the puree, chopped peach and remaining ingredients according to your taste.

You can watch Irina make this in her video – Sweet potato porridge – part of the series: Ayurveda: Yoga and food for your dosha

Seasonal Cleanse with Ayurveda and Yoga program

In this programme of talks and yoga classes you’ll learn all about the three Ayurvedic doshas and how eating in harmony with them can support your body and mind. Seasonal Cleanse with Ayurveda and Yoga program– available to all EkhartYoga members.

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Irina VerwerIrina Verwer is a yoga teacher, Somatic therapist, intimacy coach, Ayurvedic practitioner, vegan chef and writer of two yogic cookbooks. Very grateful for and inspired by all of her teachers, Irina has created a unique style of teaching that is both intense and gentle.