Fresh Ginger Cookies

Here is a cookie that is easy to make and good for all doshas. It’s one of those rare desserts that Kapha can eat in more than small amounts. These cookies reduce Kapha and Vata and have a neutral effect on Pitta when eaten in moderation, but the decidedly pungent taste may not appeal to the Pitta palate. They are sweet, pungent, salty, and astringent. Made entirely of barley flour, one of Kapha’s best grains, and a generous amount of ginger, eating them actually benefits weight watchers. Both Vata and Pitta may prefer substituting some whole wheat flour for the barley. Fresh ginger makes these cookies sparkle! These cookies travel well for sending as gifts.

Makes about 2 dozen

4 cups barley flour or 3 cups barley flour and 1 cup white or whole wheat flour 1/2 cup unblecwhed flour

2 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon cloves (omit for Pitta)

1/2 cup oil or ghee

1/3 cups light molasses or com syrup

2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger or 1 tablespoon ground

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

2. Mix all the ingredients together in the given order and let the batter rest for 5 or 10 minutes until it can be rolled into i-inch balls. Or drop the batter in heaping teaspoonfuls on a greased baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 1 to 15 minutes, or until they are lighdv browned. The centers will be soft. Cool on a rack and store securely when they are completely cool.

note: To make these more enjoyable for Pitta types, reduce the amount of ginger by half. Even then, Pitta should eat only 1 or 2 of these pungent cookies. There are many other cookies better for Pitta to eat than these.


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