Stocking a Sattvic Pantry

My friend Monica is interested in Sattvic cooking. She asked me, I want to start a Sattvic kitchen. How do I go about doing this? The question has several answers. This blog post covers information about stocking your kitchen. The next blog post will cover about what kinds of vessels are used in sattvic kitchen.

Can You Be Healthy and Normal on a Sattvic Diet?

Until we decide to change something, we never know the extent of our knowledge or ignorance. It is important to be open and willing to test this out for yourself. Swami Vivekananda once said: “Experience is the only source of knowledge.” You can read more about where this quotes from here. In response to last month’s blog […]

A Sattvic Diet is Best for Body and Mind

One of my newsletter subscribers asked me this question: “Why does sattvic diet avoid onion or garlic?” Thank you for asking this question. I am answering this question in the blog because it might help other people also. People often tell me, “We are vegetarians. So, we eat sattvic food.” One common misunderstanding about sattvic […]

SuperFood: Lentils!

When I traveled to Turkey, it took me only 20-minutes to convey to the tuk-tuk driver that I was looking for an eatery that served vegetarian food. The success was not due to my ability to speak Turkish or Arabic. In my garbled talk in English and a mixture of Hindi and Urdu, I blurted […]

No-Cook Cookbook: It works!

Food means different things to different people. For my grandma, food was medicine. She said, “A good cook needs no medicine.” What she meant was, a vigilant mother cooked for the health of the family. If a child is having sore throat, she would cook up foods with ginger and pepper. The food would not […]

Turmeric: A Healing Spice

Growing up, I saw turmeric used for numerous purposes around the home. We used it to drive away ants and other insects. We used it as beauty aid. Our kumkum, the red dot between our eyebrows, was made with turmeric. We ate turmeric when we were sick. We ate turmeric when we celebrated. Our thanksgiving, […]

Return to Source: Food Journeys

Our friend M—— told us his tale of how he came to love Indian food. Growing up in a traditional Western household, he ate a lot of meat and potatoes. At that time, he thought it was tasty. Then, he went to college in the East coast. As a student, he soon realized that he […]

Return to Source: Living Sattva Project

Since 2009, when I started Dine for Charity, I have highlighted the need for and importance of vegetarian diet. I have also taught vegetarian cooking classes. In my classes, I have always found that the versatility of the vegetables and the flavors of spices have been received with much positive joy. Many students have continued to […]