Guest blogger recipe: Ayurvedic Vegan Pho

Ayurvedic Vegan Pho

Marissa Mele

Ayurveda is an ancient healing system started in India over 6000 years ago. Many people also refer to it as the sister science to yoga. It is a medical science used to heal the body, mind, and spirit. It teaches us how to live in harmony with nature and with the cycles of life. Ayurveda gives each of us the power to improve our health and create balance in our lives.

Diet and nutrition are the cornerstone of Ayurveda, and Ayurveda teaches us to eat healthy, nutritious and sattvic foods that create balance in the body. Spices are widely used in Ayurveda cooking due to their healing properties like aiding digestion, improving circulation and relieving congestion. Get started cooking Ayurvedic food with my recipe for Vegan Vietnamese Pho.

Ayurvedic Vegan Pho Recipe


1 small onion, quartered
2 shallots, cut in half
1 tbsp rough chopped fresh ginger
2 cinnamon sticks, preferably Vietnamese cassia cinnamon
2 star anise pods
4 whole cloves
1⁄2 tsp whole coriander seeds
1⁄2 tsp whole black peppercorns
(Dry roast all these ingredients until fragrant and when the onion and shallots have a slight char.)

Then add the following ingredients: 
4 cups veggie broth
4 cups filtered water
1⁄2 tbsp organic dark brown sugar
3 tbsp tamari or coconut aminos
1⁄2 tbsp seasoned rice wine vinegar
3⁄4 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms


1. Bring to boil then turn heat to medium-­low. Simmer for 30 minutes.
2. Then strain out the veggies and spices from the broth. You can keep the mushrooms in the soup if you’d like.

3. Garnish with the following ingredients: 8 oz rice noodles, cooked according to package directions; 1 package tofu, pan­fried in virgin coconut oil; fresh cilantro, basil, Thai basil, mint, scallions, limes, and mung bean sprouts

Beer Pairing: Forest City Opening Day IPA or Market Garden Brewery Hellamango.

For those of you looking to learn more about Ayurveda, the healing property of spices, and cooking Ayurvedic food at home, I will be leading 2 workshops in Cleveland, Ohio. Saturday, August 20th from 1­pm at Canopy Collective and Saturday August 27th from 1pm at the Tremont Cultural Center. Use the coupon code: BREW to get $5 off either workshop. Go to for more details.

Marissa Mele is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and owner of Five Prana Ayurveda. She loves to share in the joys and mysteries of Ayurveda, but more importantly she loves to help people nourish their bodies, minds and spirits. She is also a certified yoga instructor who has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Her passion for cooking and healthy eating has been greatly influenced by the tenets of Ayurveda and she relishes sharing her Ayurvedic knowledge with the community of Cleveland and beyond. She is leading Ayurvedic workshops throughout the summer and fall. For more information, go to

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