Delicious Ayurvedic Valentine's meal in 5 minutes

Delicious Ayurvedic Valentine’s Day meal in 5 minutes

Treat yourself and your loved ones to this delicious Ayurvedic Valentine’s Day meal that takes 5 minutes to cook and 20 to prepare.

In Ayurveda, the amount and type of protein you need vary with your dosha. The below guidelines include references to meat and fish. Feel free to replace the protein for this dish with one that best suits your constitution. To know your dosha, ayurvedic constitution, you can take our quiz here.

Vata, has the tendency to be lighter and less ground. The proteins recommended for Vata are some meat. Goat is the easiest to digest and nourishing. Meat should be well-cooked, ideally in soups or stews. Some fish and seafood.

Pitta, has a tendency to have more heat and stronger digestion. Consume meat in moderation, only if digestion is healthy. White meats preferable. A little freshwater fish, here is a list of the freshwater fish we can find in the US.

Kapha, has a tendency to heaviness. Consume very little meat. White meat preferable o little freshwater fish.

Seared Scallops with Braised Lettuce


Serves 2 people

Cooking time: Lettuce, 1 minute. Scallops, 4 minutes

Prepping time: 20 minutes 

8 Scallops

2 romaine lettuce, cut lengthways into 4 pieces,  

3/4 cup Melted ghee, for brushing and dipping

For the fennel and sesame topping*

75g (1⁄4 cup) black sesame seeds

75g (1⁄4 cup) white sesame seeds

2 tsp fennel seeds, or more to taste

1 1⁄2 tbsp sea salt/Himalayan salt

2 tsp ground cumin (optional)

2 tsp coriander seeds (optional)


  • Rinse and dry the lettuce. Shave off the browned part of the root end, leaving the root end intact so that the lettuce head stays together.
  • Dehydrate scallops; see instructions here.
  • Toast the black and white sesame seeds in a dry frying pan over medium heat until the white sesame seeds begin to brown and pop — be very careful not to burn them. You’ll know they are ready when you smell the sesame aroma. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool completely.
  • In the same pan, toast the fennel seeds (coriander and cumin seeds, if using) with the salt and allow to cool completely. Mix everything.

  • Roughly blend using a spice grinder or pound in batches in a pestle and mortar to give an uneven texture. If using a powerful blender, try not to blend too much, or you’ll end up with tahini!
  • Preheat a griddle pan over high heat. Brush the lettuce wedges with melted ghee and griddle for 1 minute or less on each side. Arrange the lettuce on a plate and scatter with fennel and sesame topping. Serve with a small side of hot ghee. And add the protein of your choice. I added scallops to mine. Follow these suggestions to dehydrate and prepare scallops.


*You could replace the topping with this already made Gomasio, although the flavor won’t be as fresh as if you make it yourself. Store leftover spice mix in a jar with a tight-fitting lid in a cool, dry place for up to 1 month.

Have a beautiful day!

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Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.

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