Grounding Sweet Potato Porridge

Ever put sweet potatoes in your morning porridge? If not, you should give it a try! I experimented a little bit with incorporating the orange potato more in my meal plan and came up with a warming sweet potato porridge. It feels really nourishing – like a hug from within. Sweet potatoes in Ayurveda have grounding qualities and their sweet taste soothes the airy vata dosha and fiery pitta dosha.

Sweet Potatoes: Grounding and naturally sweet

In Ayurveda, sweet potatoes, known as “Shakarkandi” or “Raktaloo,” are valued not only for their delicious taste but also for their grounding properties and nutritional benefits. According to Ayurvedic principles, foods can be categorized into various tastes and qualities, and sweet potatoes are often associated with the sweet taste (Madhura Rasa) and the qualities of grounding and nourishing.

Sweet Potatoes: A Vata’s best friend

Sweet potatoes are particularly beneficial for individuals with a vata dosha constitution or those experiencing vata imbalances in Ayurveda such as anxiety, dryness or restlessness. Here’s why they are considered good for Vata dosha:

  1. Grounding: Sweet potatoes have a grounding quality, which helps to counterbalance the lightness and instability associated with vata dosha. Vata is characterized by qualities such as dryness, coldness and mobility, and consuming grounding foods like sweet potatoes can help stabilize Vata energies.
  2. Nourishing: Sweet potatoes are rich in carbohydrates and fiber, providing sustained energy and nourishment. This can be especially beneficial for individuals with vata dominance, as they often need foods that provide a sense of fullness and stability.
  3. Sweet Taste: The sweet taste (Madhura Rasa) is considered balancing for vata dosha. Sweet potatoes naturally possess this sweet taste, which can help soothe and calm vata imbalances, reducing feelings of anxiety and restlessness.
  4. Warmth: In Ayurveda, vata dosha tends to benefit from warming foods. While sweet potatoes are not extremely warming, their grounding and slightly warming nature can still be comforting for vata individuals, especially during colder seasons or when vata is aggravated.

However, it’s important to note that sweet potatoes can also be consumed by individuals with other dosha constitutions (Pitta and Kapha) in moderation. Pitta individuals may want to enjoy sweet potatoes with cooling spices like cilantro or mint to balance their natural heat, while Kapha individuals should consume them in smaller quantities and consider baking or roasting for a drier texture to offset potential dampness associated with Kapha dosha.

Sweet Potato Porridge with toppings

Recipe for a grounding sweet potato porridge

INGREDIENTS (for 2 portions)
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 300 ml oat milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • pinch of salt
  • 120 g fine oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (or more, depending your taste)

Toppings (optional):

  • hazelnut butter
  • hemp seeds
  • fresh berries

 

METHOD
  1. Peel and wash the sweet potato. Cut into small cubes. In a small pot, boil some water and add the sweet potato cubes. Cook for 10 minutes, until the cubes are soft. Rinse water and mash sweet potato with a fork.
  2. Add oat milk and spices. Stir well.
  3. Stir in oatmeal and cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  4. Mix in maple syrup and transfer the porridge to a bowl. Top with nut butter, seeds and berries. Enjoy!

TIPS

I like to use leftover sweet potato for this recipe. Usually I don’t cook sweet potato but roast it in the oven. Make sure you use plain sweet potato for this recipe (not salted or spiced). 

Make sure to mash the potato well before adding the other ingredients, so that it is more a puree than cubes – this gives the porridge a smoother texture. 


Sweet Potato Porridge with Cocoa Nibs and Seeds