By: Amadea Morningstar RPP, RPE
This bright, nourishing dish adds substantial ballast and grounding to a Purifying cleanse. It’s also tasty any time as a light lunch, dinner, or afternoon snack. Relax while the squash is cooking and enjoy some Polarity stretches or a walk in the fresh autumn breeze.
HOT DELICATA CILANTRO SOUP
Time: depends on how you make the squash. 30 minutes or more.
Makes 2 – 3 cups
Purifying, Health Building, & Gourmet Vegetarian
1 cup delicata squash, roasted or steamed
½ – 1 avocado
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped or grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon turmeric or even better, ½ Tablespoon fresh grated turmeric root
1/4 teaspoon pippali or freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
¼ teaspoon mineral salt (optional, omit if you’re using this for Purifying)
1 – 3 cups water or veggie steaming water, to preferred texture
Add ingredients to the blender and enjoy!
Effects: tridoshic, balancing for all constitutional types.
This soup supports: blood sugar, heart, lungs, muscle, fat, mucus membranes, immunity, and ojas.
Comments: Swami Tirtha in The Ayurvedic Encyclopedia considers acorn squash, a delicata relative, tridoshic with its sweet and astringent tastes, cool virya (effect on digestion) and pungent vipak (post-digestive effect). (Tirtha,138)
Notes: with much appreciation to Alexandra Stoller, graduate student in acupuncture, Feldenkrais and cranial-sacral work, for this satisfying recipe. Our taste testers loved it, especially those on the mend.
When we created Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda, Renee Lynn and I somewhat whimsically talked about the possibility of creating hot smoothies that could also be used as soups. This photo reflects that potential. Serve it in whatever kind of mug, cup or bowl you want.Image thanks to Renee Lynn, recipe and image used with permission from Easy Healing Drinks from the Wisdom of Ayurveda (2018).