Leaving tomatoes off the menu is something we recommend in Ayurveda – especially for those who experience heartburn and joint pain (but really they’re not great for anybody). Tomatoes are part of the nightshade family (along with bell peppers, eggplant, and white potatoes). They aggravate all doshas, particularly pitta, and they’re inflammatory and acidic (just think about they feel on your tongue!).
So you may be asking, how will I live without tomatoes? Never fear – nomato sauce is here!
Nomato sauce is a perfect substitute for tomato-based condiments. It is nourishing for all, full of flavour, and is naturally sweet.
Enjoy the nomato sauce served on the side of roasted vegetables, mixed with grains or fresh pasta, or used as a delicious red pizza sauce
Here is a quick simple one with few ingredients when you are pressed for time. Check out a more richey recipe here.
- Heat the ghee in a small pan and simmer the salt, hing, turmeric, and black pepper until the aroma is present. Add the beetroot, parsnip, and carrots, and stir to cover with the ghee and spices. Add the water so it covers the veggies ¾ of the way. Stir, cover and simmer until tender and can be pierced with a knife. You might need to add a little more water to achieve the desired sauce consistency. Let cool a few minutes and blend using a blender, food processor, or hand blender, and stir in the chopped coriander.
Source: Hale Pule Ayurveda