Kapha Legumes

Legumes are generally astringent, which is one of the tastes that balances kapha. Kapha can enjoy a wide variety of legumes, but they should generally be well-cooked and well-spiced to make them more digestible. Even well-cooked tofu, tempeh, and warm, spiced soy milk are acceptable. The only beans that don’t work for kapha are simply too heavy or oily to be balancing.


  • Adzuki Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Black-Eyed Peas
  • Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)
  • Lentils
  • Lima Beans
  • Mung Beans
  • Mung Dal
  • Navy Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Split Peas
  • Soy Milk
  • Soy Meats
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu (served hot)
  • Tur Dal
  • White Beans


  • Kidney Beans
  • Miso
  • Soy Beans
  • Soy Cheese
  • Soy Flour
  • Soy Powder
  • Soy Sauce
  • Tofu (served cold)
  • Urad Dal