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Roasted Beet Puree

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Roasted Beet Puree Ayurveda Recipe
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Effect: Ojas, Alkalizing, Prana
Meal: Lunch-Dinner
Recommended for: Spring
Type: Roots
Style: Middle-Eastern
Occasion: Brunch, Cleanse, Dinner-party
Preparation: Roasted, Puree
Nutrient: Iron, Beta-carotene
Color: Red
Nourishes: Red-Blood

Servings: 3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
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ayurvedic perspective

Roasted Beet Puree is like the cool spring afternoon sun gently cooking the moist earth. Sweet and pungent aromas of garlic and cumin rise as jewels of rich magenta beets bring delightful color to your day. All senses are stimulated by lemon's tart touch.

Circulatory Tonic & Cleansing

Within precious Beta Vulgaris roots are stability, coolness, calmness and cleansing. Lemon relaxes blood vessels, opening up circulation to the skin. When combined with garlic and olive oil in roasted beet puree, these soothing qualities are potentiated and delivered directly to the heart.

Owing to its stable and soft qualities, roasted beet puree can be healing during transition of seasons or when experiencing significant changes or stressful events in life.

Postpartum & Blood Tonic

Central digestive fires are ignited by the addition of cumin, coriander, salt, thus allowing maximum absorption of roasted beet puree benefits into the bloodstream. With tonifying effects, easily digestibility and an affinity for the blood, roasted beet puree is also appropriate during menses, pregnancy, postpartum, anemia, post-surgery, and recovering from illness and injury.

At room temperature or slightly chilled, roasted beet puree pairs well with soft warm breads such as tortillas, chapati, and pita. The deep magenta color of beets makes its appearance a festive one on any platter with a variety of blanched vegetables, sure to catch everyone's eye. Blended well and served hot, the puree transforms into a savory yet sweet sauce over pasta.

Protection from Stress

Beets, garlic and olive oil have compounds that provide protection to the blood vessels and heart during times of stress or chronic stress and inflammation. The same compound in beets that yields their vibrant hue is responsible for disrupting the inflammatory response and consequently reducing inflammation. The funky smell of garlic is key to its stress reducing properties: Sulphur compounds in garlic soften the blow from stress on the heart by offering numerous cardiovascular benefits including reduction of total cholesterol and triglycerides, and repair of blood vessel walls. Olive oil's bitter taste and soothes over inflamed and damaged blood vessels while also helping to balance cholesterol.

Blood Booster

Beets have an affinity for the liver, the root of the blood channel in Ayurveda. As a cholagogue, they help cleanse toxic bile from the liver, refreshing it. Deep red like blood, beets are also iron-rich and have blood-building properties. Beet's has the unique ability to both nourish and cleanse. Pungency from garlic and cumin stimulates the heart and increases temperature and blood circulation. The complete roasted beet puree recipe offers a soothing healing flush of the circulatory system.


Comprised mainly of roots and oil, roasted beet puree pacifies mobile quality of Vata. Heat from digestive spices and lemon juice kindle irregular and slow appetites of Vata and Kapha. Cool, sweet cooked beets balance overactive flames of Pitta. Pitta vikruti may choose to reduce garlic, while Kapha vikruti may consider increasing garlic and lemon to taste. Roasted beet puree is a bright, nourishing dish for the whole family from aging grandparents to picky toddlers, pregnant mamas and active teenagers. Enjoy!
Weights & measures


2 cBeetsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
1/2 tspCoriander SeedVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
1/2 tspCuminVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
2 cloveGarlic (raw)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
1/4 wholeLemonVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
1/4 cOlive OilVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating
1/4 tspSalt (Mineral Salt)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha aggravating


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Wrap beets in aluminum foil and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 45 - 60 minutes, until soft and tender.

3. Chill in refrigerator.

4. Grind spices in a mortar and pestle.

5. In a food processor, combine chilled beets, garlic cloves, lemon juice, and spices. Blend on low. Slowly drizzle in olive oil. Stop and scrape down the sides. Blend until smooth and creamy, or your desired consistency.

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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