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Vegetarian Cuisine


A thick hearty fragrant soup that is tasty and filling. Balanced combination of pulses and vegetables.


• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 1 tsp coriander seeds
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
• 2 tsp fresh grated finger root
• 1 diced celery stick
• 150 grams rutabaga, finely diced
• 150 grams celery root finely diced
• 1 large diced carrot
• 3 large tomatoes, skinned and chopped
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 sprigs rosemary
• 2 bay leaves
• 1 litre hot vegetable stock or water
• 60 grams pot barley, rinsed
• 115 grams red lentils, rinsed and soaked in water 30 minutes
• 2-3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley to serve


2. In small heated frying pan add cumin and coriander seeds and fry, dry, over medium heat 1 minute or till fragrant.
3. Grind seeds to powder with pestle and mortar.
4. Heat olive oil in frying pan and add ground spices, ginger and turmeric. Fry 1-2 minutes.
5. Add celery, rutabaga, celery root and carrots, stir fry 4-5 minutes. Add tomatoes, cook 2-3 minutes.
6. Rinse pot barley in cold running water, add to pot with rosemary, bay leaves, hot stock or water, bring to boil.
7. Reduce heat to medium and cook 20 minutes.
8. Drain soaked lentils and add to pot.
9. Stir, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer about 25 minutes or till lentils cooked.
10. Add stock or water to soup if too thick.
11. Remove bay leaves and rosemary sprigs and serve soup while hot, scattered with chopped parsley.

Meditation links you with Brahman or the Absolute. – Sri Swami Sivananda

Source: The Yoga Cookbook. Vegetarian Food for Body and Mind. Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. 1999.

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