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Vegetarian Cuisine


These vegan truffles are the perfect Prasad. Makes 20 large or 40 small.

• 2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
• 1/2 cup chopped nuts
• 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
• 4 tablespoons coconut oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 to 2 tablespoons soy milk
• Hot chocolate mix for coating

1. Combine the confectioners sugar, chopped nuts, cocoa powder, margarine, and vanilla extract in a bowl. Slowly add the soy milk; the mixture should be sticky, but not runny.
2. Chill until firm, then form the mixture into small balls. Coat with the hot chocolate mix and keep in the refrigerator or a cool place until ready to serve.
3. Ground almonds and almond extract may be substituted for the chopped nuts and vanilla extract.
4. Substitute 1/2 cup unpacked unsweetened dried coconut for the chopped nuts.
5. Replace the vanilla extract with 1 teaspoon orange juice and 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest.
6. Serve at once.

This recipe is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram, sourced from The Yoga Cookbook: Food for Body and Mind – Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres” 1999.

When you meditate on ‘OM’, the mind becomes purified. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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This sacred syllable, sometimes written AUM, is the original mantra. The Sanskrit letter represents the journey of the human spirit towards eternal peace.

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All words which denote the objects are Centred in OM. Hence the World has come from OM, rests in OM and dissolves in OM. – Sri Swami Sivananda