In the last two blogs we have seen about roti, daal, sabji & rice. Moving on to other components of Indian platters in this blog we will discuss lentils, food timing, and Pathya, or the right way of consuming water.

Beans or lentils:

All lentils like Rajma, Chana, Chole, Matki, and Watana are advised to be eaten in lesser quantities or avoided if have bloating or gas issues. If you have been advised  to consume then  first roast it on the pan medium flame for a few minutes, then add asafoetida (hing), curry leaves, garlic, ginger, and coconut paste and pressure cook it and give simple tadka without having much masala.

Sprouts are advised to avoid totally as they are responsible for creating the imbalance in all three doshas. (Details will be seen in another blog or post on Instagram @ayurvidhi_clinic).

Timing for meal:

Ayurveda suggests eating your meal whenever you feel hungry it’s the right time to eat. But still for the sake of understanding as per the Ayurveda biological clock lunch should be done between 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM & dinner should be between 5 PM to 7 PM is the best time for your meal.

Instruction while eating food: Chew foods properly, have small bites, avoid discussion or talking, and use a mobile or TV while eating food.

These are some small changes that can improve your gut health and digestion.


Always try to consume water after boiling and cooling it. Consume water only whenever you feel thirsty, and try always to drink water while sitting by taking sip by sip.

Avoid drinking water immediately before and after meals. One can have a little amount of water while having a meal for good digestion of food.

Avoid drinking water directly from the fridge, to avoid gastric issues. One can have lukewarm water in the cold season. In the summer season one can cool water stored in earthen-wear pot.

In the next blog will see other components in diet. To be continued…