Corn bread is a sweet, salty, hot, light bread that is good for both Kapha and those wanting to reduce weight. The light quality increases Vata a little. Because of its “heating” quality, this is not the best bread choice for Pitta. As with many Kapha-reducing foods, corn bread is good to eat during a light fast or as part of a light evening meal. Vata should eat this corn bread spread with ghee or butter to help in digestion. For Kapha, spreading with a little honey will aid digestion.
Serves 6 to 8
1/4 cups unbleached white flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or ghee
1 tablespoon sugar, or to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Sift: all the dry ingredients together except the sugar. Heat the milk, ghee or butter, and the sugar in a saucepan and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Then stir into the mixed dry ingredients until just moistened. The batter will look thick and a little lumpy.
3. Spread the batter in an oiled 9-inch pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until it’s a light brown color and pulls away from the sides of the pan.
note: When cooking for Pitta, reduce the cornmeal to 1/2 cup, increase the white flour accordingly, and add 1/2 teaspoon licorice root powder.