Biryani is a nutritious and filling Indian dish loved by many! Vinodini, an excellent cook and student, was kind enough to share her personal recipe with us at last summer’s retreat. Enjoy! 

1/2 cup oil or butter
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 of a red & green pepper (1/2 of each)
1 cup green beans
1/3 head cauliflower
1 potato
1 carrot
2 medium onions
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup raw almond powder
1/2 tsp black pepper

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Watermelon Gazpacho

This is truly “summer in a bowl”! Delightful! Adapted from a “Raw Food
Real World” recipe.

Makes 4 Servings


4 cups watermelon, seeded and pureed in a high-speed blender
1 cup watermelon, diced small
1 cup seeded tomato, diced small (about 1 large or 2 small tomatoes)
l/2 cup peeled, seeded cucumber, diced small
l/2 cups peeled jicama, diced small
l/2 cup red bell pepper, diced small
2 tablespoons lime juice
l/4 cup inced cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons minced mint leaves
1 teaspoon minced ginger
l/2 small red jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 scallion, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper

In a large glass bowl or container, combine the watermelon puree with the
remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Refrigerate to chill. This recipe
should keep in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Please enjoy this recipe from Louella! It’s filled with nutritious raw vegetables and tasty spices. A great soup for the summer!

Two Large Carrots, Cut into One to Two-Inch Pieces
Two Large Celery Stalks, Cut into One to Two-Inch Pieces
Two to Three-Inch Piece of a Medium-Size Zucchini
Two to Three-Inch Piece of a Medium-Size Yellow Squash
One-Third of a Sweet Red Pepper
One-Third of a Sweet Yellow or Orange Pepper
Approximately One-Half Cup of Fresh Tomatoes, Quartered with Skin On
One-Half Jalapeno, Seeded, Optional
Two Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
One-Quarter Cup of Olive Oil
Purified Water, Slightly Warmed – Do Not Boil!
Two to Three Rapunzel Vegan Vegetable Bouillons
Two Tablespoons of Fresh Parsley
Several Leaves of Fresh Basil
One-Half Teaspoon of Herbes de Provence
Organic Trocomare Spicy Herb Seasoning Salt by A. Vogel
Ground Pepper

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This quick and easy recipe with tons of flavor comes from Bharti. It is very nutritious and takes less than 15 minutes to prepare.

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We’ve received many requests from recipes following the article on sattvic food posted last month. If you’ve ever been to the Ashram, you certainly know about the many talented chefs we have cooking sattvic and delicious food! So we’re very excited to begin sharing recipes from the Ashram community with the world!

Our first recipe is from Acharya Hersh Khetarpal. It is a simple yet hearty barley and vegetable soup. Enjoy!

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