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Polarity Nutrition Recipe: Dakini Day Zucchini

By: Amadea Morningstar RPP, RPE

The garden is going wild with zucchini and fresh basil. What to do? Make this quick easy dish. If you like, pair it with your favorite pasta and cheese. This dish’s name comes from the Tibetan calendar. One past August I was faced with a similar dilemma on a Dakini Day, a monthly day in the Tibetan lunar cycle sacred to the Divine Feminine. Here’s a Polarity variation on the recipe that first danced forward.

Time: 10 minutes for the dish, 15 – 20 minutes for the whole meal
Serves 2
Purifying, Health Building, & Gourmet Vegetarian

1 medium zucchini and/or yellow summer squash (2 cups sliced)
½ cup water
1 pinch saffron
½ cup fresh basil
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander

Wash and slice the summer squash in festive shapes. Set aside for the moment.

Put the water in a medium skillet; bring to simmer. Add the saffron. Then put in the sliced squash.

Add the fresh basil on top (I just cut it with kitchen scissors). Sprinkle the cumin and coriander on top, stir. Cover and simmer at medium for 3 – 5 minutes until tender, however al dente you like your zucchini.

Drizzle some fresh olive oil over the dish once it’s off the heat.

Purifying: Skip the salt. To make a whole meal: simmer up spiralized veggies as the pasta and drizzle the olive oil on it with some soaked hemp seeds for protein (5 grams per tablespoon). For more glamour, top it all with Lo-Cal Sunny Sauce from the scrumptious Murrieta Hot Springs Vegetarian Cookbook, a Polarity Therapy cuisine classic. Admittedly, you’ll need to slow down, add some extra time, and plan ahead to enjoy this sauce.

Health Building & Gourmet Vegetarian: Salt to taste (I used a pinch). For a whole meal, prepare your favorite pasta, gluten-free or no. If you’re adding cheese for Health Building, choose one that is raw and add it after cooking (no heated oils in this culinary process). Gourmet Veggie: any cheese you choose.

Garnish (optional) with fresh edible flowers. Squash blossoms and nasturtiums are vibrant choices.

Effects: VPK = tridoshic, calms all doshas, friendly to all elements.

Resources: Murrieta Hot Springs Vegetarian Cookbook, the Murrieta Foundation, Revised and Expanded including Spa Cuisine (1987)

Find more earth-friendly, natured-based vegetarian recipes in Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda, Morningstar & Lynn, 2018.

All best wishes to you,

Amadea – Ayurvedic Assessment Series in May with Amadea

Photo thanks to Renee Lynn

Reprinted with permission from Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda, Morningstar & Lynn, 2018.

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