Vegetarian Cooking or(Cooking for God)
The Holy Bible
King James version Genesis Chapter 1,verse(29)
And God said,Behold,I have given you every herb bearing seed,which is upon the face of all the earth,and every tree,in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed;to you it shall be for meat.
THE Bhagavad-Gita AS IT IS
Translated by His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Founder-Acarya of the Krsna Consciousness movement World Wide.
Verse(9.26)Krsna says"If someone offers Me with love and faith,a little flower,a little water,a little fruit-I will accept it."(Yo me bhaktya prayacchati)THE Real OFFERING IS LOVE.Krsna,the Supreme Person,is giving all the necessities of life to all living entities.HE is actually the provider and maintainer of everyone. So,why is He asking you for a little fruit and water?Is He hungry?NO.HE is doing it just to induce you to love Him.That is the Point
SWEET and SOUR VEGETABLES
Vegetarianism is very important in being Krsna Conscious,but not simply being a vegetarian is important,but in The offering of the food to Lord Krsna,When you start,you think about Krsna,when you are shopping,you think,what does Krsna like to eat,so you are thinking about the Lord.Krsna only eats vegetarian food,so you are thinking,what beautiful,and fresh food you can get for Krsna.When you are cooking the food,you are thinking about making nice vegetarian preparations for God.
When you are done cooking,you offer the Lord the food,by saying-Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare,Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare,and say Krsna,we offer this food to you,and within a microsecond,Krsna will eat the food,and He is so kind,that he eats,yet He leaves the nice vegetarian preparation asPrasadam,(THE LORD"S MERCY).Then,after that,we are able to eat the sanctified food,(Prasadam)and by just eating this Prasadam,we make spiritual progress,and anyone that eats this food,makes tremendous advancement in their spiritual life,even if they don't know it.And the person that prepared this food,is thinking about Krsna,when buying the food,and distributing and eating the prasadam,you are thinking about Krsna the whole time.I think that is being Krsna Conscious.
"Prabhupada said,"Even a pigeon is vegetarian".But the thing we do with the food is what makes the human form of life so important,not to be wasted,so make,and eat some prasad,and become Krsna Conscious by offering your food to Krsna.It is not that Krsna needs our food,He is Omnipotent,the Cause of All Causes,and the Supreme Lord, God.He is in need of nothing,yet He is so kind,that He accepts the Vegetarian food we prepare and offer.Since our Spiritual Master is our Link to Krsna,it is Traditional to offer the food to the Spiritual Master,first,and HE offers it to Krsna.Anyway,when we offer to the Spiritual Master and Krsna,and eat prasadam,this is very nice,indeed.Krsna says,"If one offers to Me,with love and devotion,A FRUIT, A LEAF,A FLOWER,OR A LITTLE WATER,I WILL ACCEPT IT".Hare Krsna,
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Sweet and Sour Vegetables
Preparation time:40 minutes Serving:4-6
6 ounces tamarind,2 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil,1 teaspoon cumin seeds,2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger,2 green chilies-sliced,1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper,1/4 teaspoon asafetida,1 cup whey,4 ounces brown sugar,1 pineapple-trimmed and cubed,3carrots-sliced,2 teaspoons mango powder,2 teaspoons paprika,2 teaspoons ground coriander,10 ounces panir(milk curd)-pressed and cubed,3 zucchinis-cubed,4 tomatoes-quartered,3 stalks celery-diced,2 teaspoons salt,4 potatoes-peeled-cubed-and deep fried
(1)Start by making tamarind juice as follows.Tamarind is a bean pod of a tropical tree.the brown pulp is sold as a paste.Boil the paste with water for about 10 minutes,2 cups water to 8 ounces of tamarind.then force as much of the pulp as possible through a strainer,catching the juice in a bowl.(2)then make masala as follows.Heat the ghee in a large saucepan and fry the cumin seeds,then the grated ginger and green chilies.Next toss in ground pepper and the asafetida and fry for a few secounds more.then pour the whey into the masala and simmer.Add the tamarind juice,brown sugar,pineapple chunks,sliced carrots mango powder,paprika,and ground coriander.Allow it to boil and thicken,stirring occasionally.(3)Meanwhile,deep-fry the panir-cubes until light brown,and set them aside.(4)Add zucchini to the masala,cover,and cook until barely tender.Then add fried panir cubes,tomatoes,celery,and salt.Stir well.Add fried potatoes after the panir cubes soaked up the sauce and becomes juicy.Cover and cook until ingredients are tender.Offer it to Krsna.
His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness,(ISKCON).He said,"ISKCON is his body.I am sure the temples still have the Sunday Feast programs.It is always transcendental,chanting in front of the deities,with everyone.Then there would always be a little talk,explaining Krsna Consciousness.then,my personal favorite,the devotees would bring out all the prasadam that we just offered,and everyone could feast to their hearts content,as many plates that we could eat,until we burst.I suggest you find your nearest Hare Krsna center this Sunday,and try some wonderful prasadam,one of the Wonders of Krsna. Thanks, krsnajoe