Recipe from Heaven’s Banquet by Miriam Kasin Hospodar

Using fresh seasonal vegetables, here is a combination that nourishes and balances the Pitta Dosha. Because of the oil, it could also be considered within range for Vata. The mint should be minced quite well, as the leaves can be a bit coarse.

Whole wheat is considered beneficial for Pitta in classical Ayurveda. Unfortunately, the processed wheat we have today that is found in most products is very different to the ancient grain. If you have poor digestion, any inflammatory condition, or known trouble digesting wheat, then choose an alternative grain for the pasta. Spelt is great, try rice or mung pastas – there is so much variety on the market these days.

• 230 g dried pasta shapes, such as penne, small shells or orecchiette. Choose good quality pasta – fresh is best! You can try wholemeal, rice or spelt for a more wholesome option if wheat is an issue.
• ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil or ghee
• Pinch of hing (optional) – gives the garlic/ onion taste to food.
• 2 cups (200 g) French or green beans, trimmed and halved crosswise
• 3 cups (320 g) zucchini or other summer squash, quartered lengthwise and sliced
• Liquid seasoning or good quality Himalayan/ Sea salt
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• ¾ cup (90 g) dry bread crumbs
• ¾ cup (180 ml) finely-chopped fresh basil
• ½ cup (120 ml) finely-chopped flat-leaf parsley
• ¼ cup (60 ml) minced fresh mint
• Black pepper and fresh lemon for serving

1. Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain.
2. Heat the ghee or oil with the hing in a skillet over low heat. Add the French or green beans, cover, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add the zucchini or summer squash, sprinkle with liquid seasoning or salt, cover, and cook until tender, stirring occasionally.
4. Heat the second amount of oil in a skillet. Add the hing and sauté for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the bread crumbs and sauté, stirring constantly, until golden brown and crisp.
5. Add the basil, parsley, mint, and a sprinkling of black pepper, squeeze of lemon and stir. Toss with the pasta and vegetables. Adjust the seasoning.