Welcome autumn (and calm vata) with stewed apples


As autumn approaches, the ripe peaches, mangos and berries of summer fall away, leaving space for one fruit to shine in its full glory: apples.

We created this recipe for stewed apples as a way to enjoy their sweetness, thank the apple growers and honor the transition into autumn.

Vata season corresponds with autumn. Vata dosha, which is naturally dry, light and cool, can be aggravated by the crunch and astringency of apples, so it’s no wonder people often cook apples in autumn recipes. Cooking allows us to calm vata with a warm, sweet dish that is perfect for breakfast or a snack.

There are so many variations for this simple Ayurvedic recipe. Pears are a nice substitute in this dish. We’ve included mint in this recipe, but as the weather grows cooler, leave that out and increase the more warming cinnamon to keep vata at bay. Want to build ojas? Add a few fresh, pitted dates. Is your elimination slow? Cook raisins along with the fruit. And if it’s applesauce you desire, just follow the recipe below and blend before serving.

We encourage you to make this recipe your own. Share with us your favorite variations.

Vata-calming stewed apples


Serves 2
Preparation time: 15 minutes

You'll need

4 medium apples, any variety

2 Tbsp. ghee

1/4 tsp. sweet cinnamon

1/2 tsp. cardamom powder

1/4 tsp. dried mint or 1 Tbsp. fresh chopped mint

1/2 tsp. fresh, grated ginger

Here's how

Chop and core the apples (you can leave the skin on if you know they are organic). Meanwhile, warm the ghee in a saucepan and add the ginger, cooking until the aroma comes up. Add the sweet cinnamon, cardamom and mint and simmer 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant. Add the apples and stir to coat with spices. Add water to ½ the height of the apples and cook gently until the apples are slightly soft. Serve with some of the cooking liquid to bring the full flavor of autumn to your plate.

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