Vegetarian Cuisine

MILLET with LEAFY GREENS – Kale has 14 times more iron than red meat. Spinach has 11 times more iron. This is an excellent dish for anyone wishing more iron on a vegetarian diet. Serve this dish with a salad and Spiced Spring Carrots for a nutritious meal. Serves 6.

Ingredients:
4 tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups millet
3 1/3 cups boiling water
1 cup finely chopped celery
4 1/2 cups finely chopped spinach and/or kale
1 tbsp whole wheat flour
1 cup warm milk
2 tbsp grated vegetarian cheese or nutritional yeast flakes
Salt
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

Preparation:
Melt half the butter in a pan and sauté the millet over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring.
Add the boiling water and cook gently for about 20 minutes, or until the millet is tender and all the water is absorbed. Set aside.
Melt the remaining butter in a separate pan. Sauté the celery for 5-10 minutes until soft.
Stir in the spinach and/or kale and cook for a few minutes until wilted.
Stir in the flour.
Add the warm milk, stirring to prevent clumps forming.
Reduce the heat and cook for a few minutes.
Stir in the millet, cheese or yeast flakes.
Season with salt and nutmeg.
Mix well and serve.

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.

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Siddhis that are brought into the present life by birth indicate their attainment in a previous life, but it does not guarantee that the individual is making proper use of them in this life. Those gained through chemical means are not necessarily associated with any level of spirituality at all and can be easily governed by the ego. Siddhis achieved by Mantra repetition or tapas and austerities are generally of a very high order as long as they are performed for attaining God-Realization rather than personal or material gain. Powers that come from ‘Samadhi’ are the purest, for they come to the aspirant without being desired.

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