Art of Living Recipes.

When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.
When diet is correct medicine is of no need.
~Ayurvedic Proverb

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has always been making us aware of the nature of food and its effect on our body and mind. I am guilty of cooking food the night before ,for lunch on the following day. Once I underwent the Art of Living program, I gave up the habit instantly. I made it a practice to get up at 5 am, play a knowledge tape and cook lunch before leaving for work at 7 30 am. Over a period of time, I noticed my system rejected anything stale! I feel miserable if at all I am forced to eat something not conducive to my well being.

Being a born vegetarian and adopting food rules at least 80 percent of the time helps me to stay on even keel. Negative energy or low Prana vegetables hardly make their way into my kitchen. I keep looking for tasty, healthy recipes using high Prana vegetables. We all know humble lauki is a vegetable of high Prana. Yet, it is quite boring to consume on a regular basis. It is heavenly! Taste bhi, health bhi! ( taste as well as health) .
Hope you will make it and enjoy!

Tawa Lauki (bottle gourd)
Long, slender and tender Lauki -1
Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste . I use rock salt
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Tomato – one medium
Ginger- small piece
Green chilli – one piece
Coriander powder – I tsp
Garam masala 1/4 tsp
Oil 1 tbs. I use filtered Gingelly oil


Wash, peel and cut Lauki into roundels like we do for potato chips.
In a bowl, combine chilli powder, salt and turmeric powder. Add roundels and toss well. Heat a thick bottomed flat skillet and add half the oil. Add the roundels and sear them for two to three minutes.
In the same skillet, heat rest of the oil . Add cumin seeds, minced ginger and green chillies. Then add crushed tomato. Cook till dry. Now add the roundels and cook for further three to five minutes. Add coriander powder and garam masala. Switch off the fire.

Enjoy with plain rotis and a crunchy green chilli. I De-seeded the green chilli and sauteed it in the same skillet.

I also made Doddipatre Raita (Colian aromaticas or Cuban oregano) which is healthy, tasty and balances aggravated pitta. Doddipatre leaves are available in the organic shop of the ashram.

To make raita, simply fry washed and cut leaves in a tsp of ghee along with some cumin and whole black pepper. Grind with curds. Add salt and enjoy.


Jai Gurudev

Leela Ramesh



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