ABOUT THIS WEBSITE
A large part of human culture revolves around food: producing food, cooking food, and perhaps most importantly, enjoying and sharing food together. I began to enjoy cooking after spending time in India, a country where hospitality forms a very important part of the culture. I realized that food was about so many things: taste, health, sentiments and emotions, human connections…. What could be simply a matter of filling the stomach so as to continue living takes on a life of its own and becomes something much more. Cooking and eating also involve issues such as proper utilization of resources, economics and caring for the environment.
After repeated requests to share recipes I finally though it would be good to put everything together in this blog. More than recipes, I would like to share some techniques of cooking. Once you know certain tricks and techniques, you can make tasty dishes quickly and with simple ingredients. I am not an expert in any sense of the term, but then again, I guess you probably aren’t either, and are looking for practical recipes to prepare in your own home.
All the recipes on this page are vegetarian and without eggs. Because of the variety of recipes used, there are also plenty of recipes without milk-products, without wheat, or without whatever else you may not eat…. I don’t much like the idea of proposing a certain rigid diet as the ‘best and healthiest.’ I am much more in favour of the ayurvedic concept that the correct food varies from person to person, and also depends on the climate, location, age, etc. Over and above everything else, is the importance of cooking real food, with care and affection, enjoying it, and sharing with others! That said, all the recipes on this page follow the ‘sattvic vegetarian diet’, which does not include onion, garlic or mushrooms. This is the style of food I know and cook, and so this is what I can share with you. As for the reasons for it, I will share them in another article. Aside from certain other much profounder benefits, this cooking style encourages one to explore new flavours, herbs and spices, in order to replace the same old, over-used onion-garlic combination.
I learnt to cook first of all from eating and observing, and as an Acarya (‘teacher’) and yaogic nun of Ananda Marga, I have had the good fortune to visit and intereact with people from many countries, and observe cooking styles from around the world. My recipes are a mix of this experience, and a bit of my own imagination.
I have noticed that many people don’t enjoy cooking, simply because they don’t really know how, and therefore take it as a chore. If you don’t know how to cook, you will not eat properly, your health will suffer, and there will be many other side effects. These days many practical skills are no longer being passed down through the generations, from grandparents, to parents, to children. Cooking skills too are being lost. I hope this website will help you experience cooking as a creative and enjoyable activity, which can bring happiness not only to yourself, but to those around you!