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Easy Ayurvedic Poached Pears Recipe

ISSUED // February 28

Poached pears in a bowl

Cooked fruit with spices is a light, delicious meal or dessert that may be especially appealing during the cooler months.

In Ayurveda, lighter, easy-to-digest meals are recommended in the morning and evening, when agni (digestive fire) is weaker. Enjoy this recipe for poached pears as a gentle way to ‘break the fast’ after sleeping overnight, or, as a healthier dessert option!

Why we love this recipe

A good pacifier for both Vata and Pitta with its cooling influence and sweet taste, pears are on our list of favorite fruits. Ginger, cinnamon and cardamom are warming spices that aid digestion. Also quite versatile, you can swap other spices, use apples, or any other seasonal fruit!


  • 2 to 3 ripe organic pears 
  • water 
  • 2 tablespoons of organic brown sugar (or less, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of finely-slivered fresh ginger 
  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • 1 pinch of cardamom powder 
  • Optional — 2 tablespoons of organic raisins


  1. Peel and cut the pears into quarters or smaller. 
  2. Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel pot. Add water to cover the pears by half. Cook over a low heat for 30 to 40 minutes or until the juice becomes like a syrup. 

Options: Use organic apple juice instead of water (omitting the brown sugar). Serve on a platter or in a bowl and garnish with mint leaves. 


Start your morning with easily digestible, cooked fruit! Discover more Ayurvedic recipes on the blog.

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