Grain are generally naturally sweet in taste, have a neutral energy that is neither heating or cooling, are sattivc (pure and peace promoting), and support the balance of all three Doshas.
Considered in Ayurveda as one of the best staple foods for all climates and constitutions in their whole form, grains play a vital role in the diet. Grains are made up of large amounts of the earth element which is what helps build the physical tissues and gives bulk to the stool through their fiber. In their whole form, they are also easy to digest.
However, when grains are eaten in excess, they can aggravate the Doshas and the body. This is especially true with the highly processed grains and over-emphasis of wheat-based foods in the modern diet. Many today think of “whole grain” as a processed product made with whole wheat flour. These recipes will help your expand your diet into the true whole forms of grains.
Though grains vary in terms of the qualities of dry/moist and heavy/light which do impact the Doshas differently, unless you have a serious health condition you can enjoy grains in a balanced way simply by rotating their use throughout the week. For example, for your main meal enjoy millet on Monday, rice on Tuesday, barley on Wednesday, buckwheat and oats on Thursday, quinoa (which is really a seed but serves up like a grain) on Friday. You don’t need to be that rigid but integrating the different grains in will lessen the negative impact of having too much of any one grain – especially wheat which is overused today.