Ayurvedic Vitality Porridge

“In the West porridge is a standard breakfast, enjoyed for the heart-healthy properties of oats. From an Ayurvedic point of view, it is a warming, nourishing breakfast that is easy on the stomach. When you bring milk to a boil and add a spice, you make it easier to digest, although if your system is feeling a little sluggish, it would be better to choose a grain milk, such as rice, soya or almond milk, or cook with plain water. It is hard to determine quantities here – you should eat until you feel about half full. I am normally hungry in the mornings and I cook about 35 g, but see how you feel and adjust the quantities accordingly.”


  • 30-40g rolled oats
  • 220-280ml milk, water or a mixture of both
  • 1 piece broken star anise, (optional)
  •  ½  -1/3 tsp. ground cinnamon
  •  ½  tsp. vanilla extract, (optional)
  • Sweetener, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin seeds / 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed / 1 tbsp. pistachios

Method : Bring the oats, milk, water and star anise (if using) to a boil in a small saucepan. Simmer until the oats are soft – mine take about 5–6 minutes but other brands might take longer. Add a little more liquid if necessary.Stir in the cinnamon, vanilla extract, and seeds or nuts, sweeten to taste and serve.

Take the test to discover your Dosha

Vata – Nourishing & easy to digest

Pitta – Great in winter, add dried fruit

Kapha – Eat only occasionally, can add dried fruit



2 thoughts on “Ayurvedic Vitality Porridge

  1. Kashmir says:

    I tried this yesterday and thank you- my husband loved it. I don’t eat oats (don’t like the texture) but your receipe really added a spicy flavour. Thank you!

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