Tridoshic (Sannipatika) Food Program

Basic Principles

Qualities to Reduce: hot, heavy, dry

Best Taste: All in equal proportions


Foods listed as "Best" can be eaten without reservation on a daily basis. They are either tridoshic or will cause little harm if eaten on a regular basis.

Individuals who are sick should consume only the foods on this list.

Foods listed as "Small Amounts" can be eaten in small portions fairly often or in larger portions once or twice each week. Eating a wide variety of these foods is better than an abundance of just one. Over-reliance upon these foods can cause an imbalance.

Foods listed as "Avoid" should be eaten only on rare occasions and can be eaten once each month. They either cause an imbalance in all doshas or very significantly disturb one of the doshas.


These may be eaten as a cooked grain or as yeasted bread.


Best: White basmati rice

Small Amounts: Amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, corn flour products, millet, quinoa

Avoid: Oats, wheat



It is best to use raw or organic milk products. Milk should be taken warm with a small amount of spices such as ginger and cardamom. Ghee is best used with mild spices.


Best: Ghee, 2% milk

Small Amounts: Butter, buttermilk, cottage cheese, cream, goat milk, kefir, sour cream, whole cow's milk

Avoid: Hard cheese, ice cream, frozen yogurt


Overuse of any sweetener will eventually cause an imbalance.


Best: Fresh honey

Small Amounts: Date sugar, dextrose, fructose, grape sugar, old honey, maltose, maple sugar, maple syrup, molasses, rice syrup, stevia

Avoid: White table sugar



The best oils that should be relied on are lighter, cooler and drier. Other oils may be used occasionally.


Best: Canola, corn, soy, sunflower

Small Amounts: Almond, avocado, castor, coconut, flaxseed, lard, mustard, olive, peanut, sesame, margarine, safflower

Avoid: None