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Vegetarian Cuisine

A thick, creamy salad dressing which contains protein from chickpeas. An ideal simple alternative to yoghurt dressings or commercial soy salad dressings. Serves 4-6.

1⁄2 cup chick peas, cooked
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano (or fresh chopped oregano to taste)
Pinch of dried dill weed (or use small amount fresh dill instead of oregano)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper

1. Blend chickpeas in food processor until smooth.
2. Add all the remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth.
3. If necessary, thin with water or more oil to the desired consistency.
4. Chill before serving.

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.

Take Sattvic food only, such as rice, Dhal, bread, fruits and milk. Give up meat at once. Be tolerant. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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