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Tempeh, Bean Sprouts & Cucumber with Mint Coconut Sauce

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Tempeh, Bean Sprouts & Cucumber with Mint Coconut Sauce Ayurveda Recipe
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravatingDigestive Effects Help
Effect: Ojas, Prana, Sattvic
Meal: Lunch-Dinner
Recommended for: Summer
Type: Beans-Legumes
Style: Western
Preparation: Puree, Boiled, Sauces

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
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We still love fried food even if it's not exactly Ayurvedic! Nevertheless, this recipe is the healthiest fried food we have on our menu. In general, the process of frying dries food out, making it harder to digest for Vata. Oil provokes Pitta and Kapha. Additionally, high temperatures destroy nutrients. Overheated oil becomes smokey and oxidized, turning it rancid. In this recipe, we've tempered our tempeh with a sauce to help moisturize the dryness of frying while sour lime primes the digestive juices.

We have another confession to make. In terms of food combining, mixing fermented (tempeh) with raw food (bean sprouts) does not follow strict Ayurvedic code either. However, while bad food combining generally affects Vata types more than other constitutions, bean sprouts, especially mung beans, are relatively easy to digest.

The cooling, refreshing herbs balance the heating, heavy murkiness of oil and coconut milk. We've also diluted the coconut milk with water. The bitterness of the herbs also stimulate the liver's ability to digest oil. Fresh ginger is pungent but does not provoke Pitta.

About Tempeh, Bean Sprouts & Cucumber with Mint Coconut Sauce

Fried tempeh, bean sprouts and cucumber slices create three kinds of crunch! First, the fried tempeh is crispy like french fries, but is more textured and grainy like a veggie burger. Second, where tempeh is heavy and dry, bean sprouts are light and juicy. Finally, a cucumber's crunch is soft. Tangy lime and sharp ginger add zest and zeal. Coconut milk makes a smooth sauce that pairs nicely with crispy, crunchy tempeh.


Sautee onions in 2 tbsp oil. Puree 1/4tsp salt, cilantro, ginger, coconut milk, and water in a blender. Pour over onions and bring to a boil. What's the point of fried food if it's not crispy? For maximum crisp sautee tempeh in remaining oil immediately before serving. Then sprinkle with 1/8 tsp salt and garnish with the bean sprouts, cucumber, mint and basil. Squeeze and sprinkle with lime. Finally, pour the sauce and serve.

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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