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Potato Salad With Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

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How to Make Potato Salad with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

SERVINGS: 4
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 35 MINUTES

STYLE: INDIAN
PREPARATION: BOILED, PUREE, SAUCES, SALAD

INGREDIENTS

32 g
1/2 c
4 whole
1 tsp
1 c
1 c
1 tsp

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE

Several hours before serving, boil potatoes until tender with 1/2 of the salt. Cool in the refrigerator. Meanwhile, puree remaining ingredients. Pour over potatoes just before serving.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Potatoes are cooling and astringent. Yogurt smoothes over the dryness and roughness of astringency, making the potatoes more palatable. Cilantro directly cools high Pitta and inflammation. Cilantro and mint help lighten up the heaviness of potato and yogurt.

WHAT IS POTATO SALAD WITH CILANTRO YOGURT SAUCE?

Ayurveda's version of a backyard barbecue favorite, the minty green yogurt sauce helps beat the summer heat!

AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

Is Potato Salad with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Potato Salad with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.
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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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LIQUEFIED

ABOUT LIQUEFIED BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Substances that thin fluids (lower viscosity of blood plasma). These may include blood thinners or mucolytic herbs.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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LIGHT

ABOUT LIGHT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Lightness is identified by reduced weight.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Vata aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Potato Salad with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Carminative

CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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Stimulates Front Of Brain

STIMULATES-FRONT-OF-BRAIN

Creates a feeling of awareness or tension in the area in the forehead. Activates the frontal lobe - the area responsible for motor function, emotional expression, thinking, and decision making.

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Wakes You Up

WAKES-YOU-UP

Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Stimulates Crown

STIMULATES-CROWN

Creates a feeling of awareness or tension in the area at the top of the head.

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Nerve Relaxant Grounding

NERVE-RELAXANT-GROUNDING

Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.

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Makes You Tired

MAKES-YOU-TIRED

Induces drowsiness and promotes sound sleep.

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Strengthens Resolve

STRENGTHENS-RESOLVE

Increases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.

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Dopaminergic

DOPAMINERGIC

Dopamine lifts mood, but also reduces prolactin, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and lutenizing hormone (LH).

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Refreshing

REFRESHING

Stimulates and wakes up the body, leaving it feeling cool, fresh, and energized.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Satisfies Stomach

SATISFIES-STOMACH

Provides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Refreshes Skin

REFRESHES-SKIN

Flushes the lymphatic system to cool, awaken, and revive the skin.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Antipruritic

ANTIPRURITIC

Antipruritics are herbs that inhibit itching, often associated with skin conditions such as sunburns, allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, fungal infections, insect bites, or contact dermatitis (as in poison ivy rashes).

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Soothes Throat

SOOTHES-THROAT

Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Flushes Sinuses

FLUSHES-SINUSES

An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Constituents:
Coumarin

COUMARIN

Moderately toxic, vascular tonic, hypotensive, and anti-inflammatory.

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Iron

IRON

Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells.

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Rosmarinic Acid

ROSMARINIC-ACID

Inhibits autoantibodies from binding to TSH receptors in the thyroid.

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, Carbohydrate,
Nitric Oxide

NITRIC-OXIDE

Improves circulation by dilating blood vessels. Protects blood vessels from damage. Improves athletic performance, libido, immunity, and brain health.

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, Vitamin C,
Aromatase Inhibitor

AROMATASE-INHIBITOR

Blocks estrogen synthesis by inhibiting conversion of progesterone and testosterone into estrogen.

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, Soluble Fiber, Sodium, Potassium

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Antipruritic, Diuretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Carminative, Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve

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Mint

Mint has these Actions in Common

Dopaminergic, Stimulates-crown, Wakes-you-up, Carminative, Refreshes-skin, Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Refreshing, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Antipruritic

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Antipruritic, Diuretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Carminative, Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Antipruritic, Diuretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Carminative, Flushes-sinuses, Strengthens-resolve

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Daikon Radish

Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common

Flushes-sinuses, Stimulates-energy, Diaphoretic, Refreshing, Diuretic, Stimulates-crown, Cholagogue

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Orange

Orange has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Stimulates-energy, Refreshes-skin, Wakes-you-up, Cholagogue, Refreshing

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Coffee

Coffee has these Actions in Common

Cholagogue, Stimulates-energy, Diuretic, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Makes-you-tired, Wakes-you-up

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Horseradish

Horseradish has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Wakes-you-up, Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses, Diaphoretic, Refreshing

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Wasabi

Wasabi has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Wakes-you-up, Cholagogue, Flushes-sinuses, Diaphoretic, Refreshing

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Green Tea

Green Tea has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Stimulates-crown, Wakes-you-up, Diuretic, Stimulates-energy

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Lemon

Lemon has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Wakes-you-up, Carminative, Refreshes-skin, Cholagogue, Refreshing

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Potato Salad with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Refreshing, Stimulates-crown

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Regular exercise

Regular exercise has these Actions in Common

Refreshes-skin, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Strengthens-resolve, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic

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Sniff raw onions, chopped

Sniff raw onions, chopped has these Actions in Common

Diaphoretic, Flushes-sinuses, Refreshing, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up

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Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain has these Actions in Common

Dopaminergic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic

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External Breath (Bahya Pranayama)

External Breath (Bahya Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Stimulates-crown, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Carminative, Diaphoretic

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Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Cholagogue, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Stimulates-crown

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Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru)

Deodar (Himalayan Cedar, Devadaru) has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Diuretic, Refreshing, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up

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Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama)

Breath of Fire / Shining Skull (Kapalbhati Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Refreshing, Stimulates-crown, Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up

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Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)

Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Stimulates-front-of-brain, Wakes-you-up, Refreshing, Stimulates-crown

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Punarnava

Punarnava has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-front-of-brain, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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This was a big hit at my Fourth of July party! Many of my guests who don't know anything about Ayurveda wanted to know more when I told them this was an Ayurvedic recipe! Plus it really cooled everyone off and it was so unique!
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