Raw Food Ayurveda Recipe: Cultured Sunflower Seed Cheese For Pitta & Kapha Dosha

Here’s The Recipe!


  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 4 hours, rinsed & drained
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 probiotic–not prebiotic–capsule (I use this)
  • 1 lemon or lime, juiced
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • 1-2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • herbs, spices, and mix-ins of choice (e.g. garlic, green onion, black pepper, hot peppers, raisins, cranberries, turmeric, lime juice, rosemary, thyme, dill, basil, and on and on!)


  1. Place soaked sunflower seeds in high speed blender along with 1/2 cup filtered water. 
  2. Place sunflower seed puree in non-metal bowl. Add probiotic capsule. Stir with non-metal spoon.
  3. You can either leave it in the bowl, or place it in a cheesecloth or nut milk bag with bowl underneath. This just concentrates it more, as some water will release as it dehydrates. Use the cheesecloth or nut milk bag if you want to make an actual cheese ball. If you just want a spread, it doesn’t need to be quite as thick.
  4. Place in dehydrator, and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 8-12 hours. You can even leave it to ferment for 24 hours, depending on the climate in which you live. The longer you leave it dehydrating, the more fermented the cheese becomes. The more hot and humid your environment, the faster the cheese will ferment. The colder and drier your climate, the slower your cheese will ferment. Take care to check on it often if it’s your first time making it, so you can learn a typical fermentation time for where you live.
  5. It’s ready when it smells slightly tangy and cheesy. At this point, you have the most basic version of sunflower seed cheese. Add your lemon or lime juice, garlic, nutritional yeast, salt, and/or any other mix-ins you would like to use to flavor the cheese. Stir well to combine, again using a non-metal spoon. This protects the probiotics.

Recommendations For Your Dosha

Vata – This recipe agrees with you. Loaded with creamy, oily, smooth sunflower seeds, you can eat this regularly. Add soothing lemon, and any variety of herbs and spices, and you are well on your way to a vata-pacifying meal or snack. Try not to have this with very dry crackers or bread, as these foods will be too drying for you.

Pitta – Sunflower seeds are a soothing choice for you, compared to the usual cashew cheeses. Pair with cooling and hydrating cucumber, bell peppers, celery sticks, and lettuces. Flavor with lemon and lime. Garlic chives or green onion will be more pacifying choices than straight garlic. As always, see what works for you!

Kapha – This is a better choice for you than the usual cashew cheese. Consume in moderation. Have a little here and there, but don’t eat this whole recipe in one sitting. Your digestion will be very slow. Include black pepper, lemon, hot peppers, chives, garlic, and other heating spices to encourage your digestive fire to burn any excess kapha!

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