If you are a Vata you would use a Vata food list or drink Vata tea, these are things that will help decrease Vata. This goes for all the other doshas as well. If you are Pitta use a Pitta food list and Kapha would use a Kapha food list.
When you see things next to a food or essential oil that have = + –
V=Vata P=Pitta K=Kapha
= sign stands for neutral it will not affect the dosha
+ sign will increase the dosha
– sign will decrease the dosha
example 1. Fennel VPK= this means fennel will be neutral to all the doshas (not increase or decrease)
example 2. Black Pepper V- P+ K- Black Pepper will decrease Vata, increase Pitta and decrease Kapha
Lastly sometimes you will find a recipe that has ingredient lists with circles around the doshas after the ingredient. The circles that have a line through them mean that the ingredient will increase that dosha and should not be used for that dosha or should be substituted with a different ingredient more suitable for that dosha.