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Ayurveda/"Undercooked" food


Dear Dr. Dehal,
I have recently encountered the information that "undercooked" food, even if originally Sattvic, becomes Tamasic.
Since I am Vata, I generally cook most of my food, but in order not to deplete too many nutrients and too much prana from the food, I usually lightly steam it. I try to cook it the minimum that is possible. My understanding is that vegetables or fruits cooked in this way, such that they are even a little crisp still after cooking, will have more vitality and nutrients than more fully cooked food, and be more easily digested than raw food.
I was surprised by this information about "undercooked" food - what exactly is meant by this, and what must I do in order to ensure that I am cooking my food correctly?

Thank you in advance for your help and all best greetings,

I do not agree with this Undercooked food theory.The way you are cooking food is the right way. but undercooked food things applies to chapati,rice etc and it is more suitable to medicines preparation.yes over cooking definitely spoil the qualities of food.


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