Compatible and Incompatible Food Combinations in Ayurveda

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Ever experienced indigestion, bloating, or gas after eating at a buffet? Blame it on the combination of tempting food that you indulged in. According to Ayurveda, each food has its own taste or rasa, a heating or cooling energy or virya, and post-digestive effect or vipak.

When you have a combination of two or more incompatible food or virudh aahar, it disturbs the digestive fire or agni in your body. As a defense mechanism, the body then generates extra water or kleda to help restore its natural state. Combining mismatched food also releases toxins or ama in the body. The after-effects of this process include various skin conditions, issues related to digestion, and so on. 

Therefore, you should combine food properly. Doing so will lead to better insights, healing, and overall health. Compatible food combination is one of the powerful ways to improve your digestion and well-being.


Adopting a Balanced Approach

Now that you’ve got a better understanding of the concept of food combination, the first step is to start small. Your awareness of your needs and habits will help you to evolve to an approach that works best for you.

Maintain a journal for a week or two to track your meals. Write down the changes you observed in your energy levels, your digestion, and your elimination. Piece the vital information together. This will help you to identify the improper food combinations that you might be having. But, be slow and steady.

On some days, you will be able to change your diet successfully. But on other days, you will meet internal resistance. Be gentle and compassionate towards yourself.


A helpful guide

The following list highlights the food that we consume daily. It also shows the right and wrong pairing of food. However, take it as a reference point. The key is to become aware of the food combination that doesn’t suit your body, which would be different for each one of us.

The food items might repeat themselves, but the purpose is to give you an overall picture of food combination.


Compatible with Food Incompatible with
Grains, vegetables, other beans, nuts, and seeds Beans Fruits, cheese, eggs, fish, milk, meat, and yogurt
Grains and vegetables Cheese Fruits, beans, eggs, milk, yogurt, and hot drinks
Grains and non-starchy vegetables



Eggs Fruits especially melons, beans, cheese, fish, khichdi, milk, meat, and yogurt
Similar quality fruits (For instance, apples and pears) Fruits Any other food
Beans, vegetables, other grains, eggs, meat, fish, nuts, seeds, cheese, and yogurt Grains Fruits and tapioca
Most foods Hot drinks Mangoes, cheese, fish, meat, starch, and yogurt
Other leftovers from the same meal, preferably not more than 24 hours old Leftovers Freshly cooked food
Rice, oatmeal, dates, and almonds Milk Any other food
Grains, beans, other vegetables, cheese, yogurt, meat, fish, nuts, seeds, and eggs Vegetables Fruits and milk


If you’ve read the list carefully, you’ll see that it is simple and intuitive to follow. For instance, it makes sense to have cheese with vegetables than with milk. Moreover, don’t have your last night’s leftovers with today’s freshly prepared lunch.

So, do you think you can change your approach towards your diet? Or, have you experienced any irritation in your tummy because of any of the incompatible combinations mentioned above? Do tell us in the comment section below.





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