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Sacred Vegetarian Recipes - Prasadam

World Vegetarian Day 1st October each year

World Vegetarian Awareness Month - October

see what's already happened last year

see what we hear is to be happening this year

See our previous World Vegetarian Day issue of the newsletter for a wide range of Vegetarian issues
2005 World Vegetarian Day newsletter
Shaligram Tirtha Pradarshini newsletter October 2005 - Theme Prasadam

Vege update:
Social scientists and law enforcement officials have identified animal abuse as a symptom of emotional illness and a precursor to violent crimes against human beings. To allow individuals guilty of perpetrating such cruel acts to go unpunished or not sufficiently punished would be to sanction these horrific crimes and would permit them to go on to possibly commit violent crimes against humans.

The Animal Spirit Newsletter - Issue #2 -  4/21/03-4/27/03

Making Food Sacred - Offering our food to Krishna:
....excerpt from lecture by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.1-3 -- San Francisco, March 28, 1968

The Vedic literature says like this, that God has no leg, no hand. Therefore the impersonalists take advantage of it. "Oh, here it is stated God has no legs, no hands." But the next line is, javana grhita: "He can accept everything which you offer Him in devotion."

Now how He can accept? If He has no hand, how He can accept things from us? That means He hasn't got a hand like us. His hand is different. Therefore even though He is situated in the spiritual world, which is far, far away from us, still, He says in the Bhagavad-gita, it is said,

patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
asnami prayatatmanah

Krsna says that "A little flower or little water or a little leaf, whatever My devotee offers Me in love and devotion, I accept it." And tad aham bhakty-upahrtam. "And because he has brought it with great devotion, therefore I eat." Tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami. Asnami means "I eat." Now you can say, "All right, I'll offer these fruits and flower to God, but it is the same. It is remaining. How He is eating?" But His eating is not like my eating, because He hasn't got a body like this. This body is material. If you bring me a plate of fruits, this body immediately swallows it. But He has got spiritual body. He eats... Simply as soon as He knows that you have offered it in devotion, He eats immediately.

Go here to follow the simple system for offering foodstuffs to the Lord
... and always with the Magic ingredient - Offer it to Krishna.....
... with L'n D (love and devotion)

How To Offer Your Food To The Lord

Cooking for Krishna

Why do we offer our food to God before eating?

Everything you ever wanted to know about Hare Krishna food:

Pure Vegetarianism - booklet from Food For Life Global FREE

Download your FREE  EGGLESS Cake Recipe Cookbook
 - with 100 EGGLESS recipes

EgglessDotCom - A site for vegetarian baking without eggs.


Ekadasi Book Cooking - new book coming:

Ekadasi Recipes - preps without grains or beans etc:

Vrata ka khaana - Fast Foods cook book 4 sale (all ekadasi preps - some samples here):

Fast Food of a Different Kind:

Non-vegetarian aditives and non-ekadasi food aditives list:

Meat Free Zone:

A Guide to Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking and a Karma-Free Diet:


(even Parmesan and other favorites)
Not just cheeses also vegetarian yogurts and other dairy produce.

Tararua Lite Sour Cream for Vegetarians hits the shelves Sept 1st 2004.

(we bought some Stilton, Parmesan, Edam, Swiss and a few others - LOL - you have to check out these pages and then go to your Woolworths, Countdown, Foodtown, Pak'nSav, New World or local Deli.....believe me it's worth it, especially the Tuxford range; Cheshire, Red Leicester, Double Gloucester, Wensleydale varieties from the UK  =>:-))) updated to help you

updated 16th Sept 2004

All the Meatless Pasta preparations you'd like to prepare:

The Meatrix - this you have to see to believe - take the red pill see reality - The Meatrix it's all around you:

Allow the Meatrix to download fully before attempting to observe.............

Welcome to the Meatrix
choose the red pill and see the reality - it is all around you !!

click to enter the Meatrix.......
also at
Allow the Meatrix to download fully before attempting to observe.............

The Meatrix Part I - What is the Meatrix
The Mearix Part II - The Revolt = Revolting

Points of View
I don't know if Shel was actually a vegetarian or not, but he did do some pro-veg works like the following:

Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless,
Christmas dinner's dark and blue,
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view.

Sunday dinner isn't funny
Easter feasts are just bad luck,
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of the chicken or the duck.

Oh, how I once loved tuna salad,
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops, too,
Till I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner's point of view.

Shel Silverstein - song writer (he wrote all Dr Hook and medicine show's lyrics)

A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:

How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat - very nice Vegetarian pages:

Vegetarian recipes:

101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian:

Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking Recipes:

Excellent "Meat Substitute" recipes

Hundreds of Vegetarian recipes

Fat-free vegetarian meals:
A lot of inspiring Vegetarian preparations here, some have onion and garlic in,
so replace that with hing or omit that altogether as you see fit, still this page is well worth a serious look for ideas.


"You Mean That's in theBible" - expose on meat eating:

Religious Stands on Vegetarianism

Vaishnavism - Hinduism
Christianity - Bible - Book of Morman - 7th Day Adventist

From World Vegetarian Awareness Month 2004 - 2005 newsletters
- oxymoron of the yuga:

Protect both our species, two-legged and four-legged. Both food and water for their needs supply.
May they with us increase in stature and strength. Save us from hurt all our days, O Powers!

Rig Veda Samhita 10.37.11.

Download one of Bhakti Rasa prabhu's songs for FREE
"Don't Eat Your Friends" (It Ain't Nice)

and visit Bhakti Rasa prabhu's site:

Check out Kurma prabhu's new web-site:

check out what he's doing during October 2004

Cooking with Kurma Videos to purchase:

Jesus was a vegetarian video for sale:

Healthy Wealthy and Wise video for sale:

Award-winning video on the science of vegetarianism, featuring important nutritionists, economists and celebrities. This film, produced by ITV, is used by the Vegetarian Society and other organizations to demonstrate the common sense of vegetarianism and non-violence. "Sacred Cow: Pagan Ritual or Cultural Wisdom?" explores the economical, social and ethical aspects of cow protection in Vedic society and today. In "It Is Written," TV celebrity and Seventh Day Adventist Pastor George Vandemann presents a touching explanation of Biblical injunctions on vegetarianism. "In Vegetarina Cuisine for the Athlete," tennis pro Peter Burwash and Nancy Rossi make vegetarian scrambled "eggs", lasagna, soups & more. Delicious! Color, 115 minutes. Also available in VHS and VHS-PAL. PAL version is for most VHS players outside the US and Canada.

Natural Nirvana Vegan, Vegetarian & Spiritual Shopping

XMAS Recipes @
We wish you a Vege Xmas...and a Hari new year.

Wellington Vegetarian Society' Newsletters

You'll also notice that we have a book sale of our Living a Good Life book, and it is ideal for vegetarian families - it covers pregnancy, childcare and the teen years, not to mention adults and the elderly.  We've just reprinted more copies as a result of recent demand, and these are selling well, with the proceeds going to vegetarian products including a farm animal sanctuary down our way.

The book "Living a Good Life" normally selling at $21.95 is now going at the $14.95 price, .


Auckland's New Zealand Vegetarian Society
....has a myriad of excellent books for sale on vegetarianism

see their mention on our 2004 events

Vegetarian and Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants throughout New Zealand

Play the new Diamond Jubilee Vegan Game - Spot The Vegan

Challenge a friend to - Spot The Vegan

How did you do?

According to recent communications with ChelseaSugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.

See more details HERE

McDeath - the facts about Ronnie McDonalds:

Food Additives

Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Food Additives


Questions About Food Ingredients - US

Confusing food labels - UK

Meet your Meat FREECDRoms
This is a must for those who live in the illusion of animal killing is somehow acceptable or humane.

I have converted the "Meet your Meat" video into a CD rom & will send a copy of it for free to anyone with a Cd burner & a pledge to make at least 4 copies to give to their meat eating friends.

Meet your meat - shocking live footage of the TRUTH in the meat industry:

This is the new version
I sent out a total of over 750 CD's last year to 60 different countries. My goal in 2003 is to double that number.
I would appreciate if you would forward this message to your readers.
Anyone willing to participate, please forward my mailing address as


Vegetarians BEWARE of Orange Softdrinks
Coca-Cola (manufacturer) - Not suitable for vegetarians; lists the following products as not vegetarian
These products contain traces of fish gelatine, which are used as a stabiliser for beta-carotene colour.

Fanta Orange
Diet Fanta Orange
Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Diet Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit

Soft Drinks - Some canned Orange drinks use gelatine as a carrier for added Beta Caratine.
(This would not appear on the ingredients panel).
(Text PAMHO:5891790) ---------------------------------------

According to recent communications with ChelseaSugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.

See more details HERE

As of last week in November 2003 Yopliat the yogurt people now put gelatine in their products
See here for pointers of okay ones

Vegetarian Cartoons and Jokes

Chaturmasya four month fasting period is Here:

These recipes are specifically used in the Brahma-Madhwa Vaishnava community for shaaka haara vrata - first month of Chaturmasya where one fasts from Greem leafy vegetables - spinach:  &

Vegan and Vegetarian recipes
updated 15th September  2005

Sweets to offer the (Supreme) Sweet 

Photos just arrived from Bhaktivedanta Manor, England. Look at these exquisite cakes made for Radharani on Her birthday 2006! 
What love, devotion and expertise went into making these - and no eggs . . .

Wonderful pictures

Eggless Cake Cookbook Download

Ekadasi recipes  = from Narottam dasa in RSA
Vegetarian sites - for Veg recipes
Cooking with Kurma recipes
Panihati Chida dahi festival recipes
In A Vege Kitchen Recipes
"Just add bhakti"- recipes
Vegetarian - No onion or garlic cooking:
Conversion of temperatures and formulas

Vegetarian Recipes - All recipes

Vegetarian Kitchen Crafts:

This list is about vegetarian kitchen crafts. This list is created for postings regarding back to basics vegetarian kitchen crafts. When we say vegetarian we mean no meat, fish or eggs. When we say back to basics, we mean tips on making yeast, bread, gluten, tofu, sprouts and so forth.   Post a Message:

MOONG DAL CHILLA (Split green gram pancakes)

(makes 6 of regular size)
1 cup yellow moong dal (split and husked green gram)
a handful of peas
1" ginger, peeled and chopped
1-2 small green chillies, halved
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
1 small white cabbage heart chopped fine or grated
2 tablespoons cilantro (coriander) chopped fine
oil for frying
salt to taste

Wash the dal thoroughly. Put in a bowl and soak overnight in 3 cups of water. Drain. Cook the peas and chop coarsely. Add ginger, chillies, asafoetida, turmeric and salt to the soaked dal. Grind with 1/2 cup of water in a blender to make a smooth batter. Run the blender for a few minutes more to make the batter airy. Pour the batter into a bowl, add grated cabbage, cilantro (coriander leaf) and peas. Mix well.
Heat a pan with 1/2 teaspoon oil. Drop a ladleful of batter in the centre of the pan. Using the back of the ladle, spread the batter outwards in a circular motion. Make sure the chilla is not too thick so it gets cooked evenly. Add a little oil along the edges of the chilla, cover and cook for 2 minutes. Turn the chilla over and cook on the otherside until it gets brown patches.
Serve hot with cilantro chutney.

A chilla is sometimes called a vegetable omelet. And it does taste like a lacy French omelet because of the lightness of the ground dal. Adding vegetables like cabbage, peas, corn or tomatoes also makes it nutritious.

Black Tar Curd Steaks
A fantastic barbecue recipe - juicy marianated curd with a wonderfully sticky honey, orange and anise glaze.
Serves 8
rind of 1 orange, sliced into matchstick strips
1 star anise pod
1 tspn hing
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp chestnut honey
1 tbsp tamari, (wheat-free soy sauce)
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 tsp black molasses sugar
1 tbsp cider vinegar
8 curd steaks (250 grms and thick)
salt and fresh ground black pepper
Note: For the more unusual ingredients, any good delicatesssen (especially Chinese) will be able to help you out.
Also for good milk curd try the Cow & Gate brand if you can't get direct from the farm or the like.
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.

2. Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil. Throw in the orange shreds and blanch for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

3. Crush the star anise with the hing, using a pestle and mortar. Mix in the olive oil.

4. Put the honey, tamari, sesame oil, sugar and vinegar in a bowl and mix well to form a glaze.

5. Stir the hing and anise mixture into the glaze. Season with salt and pepper, then add the orange shreds.

6. Place the curd steaks in a roasting pan. Pour the glaze over them, turning to coat.

7. Roast for 20 minutes, then turn curd steaks over and baste with the glaze. Roast for another 20 minutes.

8. Remove the curd steaks from the oven and leave to cool.
Scrape the glaze into a bowl and set aside.

9. Light the barbecue about 1 hour before you want to offer and then eat.
The fire is ready when the coals are uniformly covered with pale grey ash - about 35 minutes.

10. Brush the reserved glaze over the curd steaks and finish cooking them on the barbecue - about 20 minutes.
Turn them halfway through and brush with the glaze.

For those used to curd steaks with tamato mariande these are totally different and may be a little strange at first, was for me....the taste of citrus from the orange and the sweet from the honey.......

Zucchini-Apple Bliss Salad

1 zucchini, cut into matchstick-size strips
1 red apple
¼ cup golden raisins
¼ cup walnut pieces or almond slivers, dry-roasted
½ cup plain nonfat or soy yogurt
¾ tsp sugar
1/8 tsp salt
A few pinches of orange zest
Seeds from one green cardamom pod

1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp coriander seeds
½ tsp asafetida - hing
¼ tsp fennel seeds

Dry roast the masala until the cumin seeds have darkened a few shades. Whizz into a powder with the cardamom seeds in your coffee grinder. Set aside.

Chop the apple into ½ inch pieces and place them in a medium-large mixing bowl with the zucchini pieces.
Add the masala and the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix well. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Done. Its ready to offer.

Plum Crumble
A great way to use up tinned fruit, and served with cream, ice cream or custard, a guaranteed winner!!
Serves 2
200g (7oz) plums, drained
2 tbsp water
½ vanilla pod, split
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp caster (refined granulated) sugar
2 tbsp dark grape juice

For the crumble
2 tbsp butter, softened
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp plain flour
1 orange, zest only
4 tbsp double (heavy) cream, whipped
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
2. Place the plums into a pan with the water, split vanilla pod, both sugars and the dark grape juice.
3. Cook over a moderate heat for 2-3 minutes.
4. Meanwhile make the crumble top. Rub together the butter, sugar and flour, to resemble rough breadcrumbs. Add the orange zest.
5. Pour the plum mixture into a gratin dish and top with the crumble mixture.
6. Place in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown.
7. When offering garnish with a spoonful of the whipped cream.

Rose falooda with vanilla ice cream

Summer in Bombay is made bearable by ice cold treats like the falooda. During April and May everyone seems to be sipping and eating their way through tall glasses of this frothy pink concoction. The combination of chilled rose milk and ice cream is indeed hard to resist.

Falooda appears to have been introduced in India by the Parsis of Iran. The community makes this drink to celebrate the spring equinox on March 21. The drink, though it is more like a sundae is named after the noodles that are used in making it.
Eating a falooda is great fun because of the different texture of each ingredient, in particular the chewy, gelatinous seeds and the soft noodles.

(for 1 glass)

1 tbsp of tukmaria (basil seeds/ sabja/ falooda seeds)
2 tbsp of rose syrup
3/4 cup cold milk
2 tbsp of vermicelli (falooda sev)
a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Place tukmaria in a bowl, cover with just enough water and refrigerate for at least an hour or two.
Break the noodles into tiny pieces and boil in hot water (or as per directions) until done, about 3-4 minutes. Cool. Beat milk until it is frothy.
Take a tall transparent glass, add 2 tbsp of rose syrup, then gently spoon in the noodles and the seeds (they should be swollen by now). Pour the milk over this layer slowly. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and serve immediately.

* Falooda can also be made in saffron (a pinch dissolved in milk) and mango (substitute mango pulp for rose syrup) flavors

I saw that Moshims in Tauranga are sellong a Falooda mix too

Vege update:
Social scientists and law enforcement officials have identified animal abuse as a symptom of emotional illness and a precursor to violent crimes against human beings. To allow individuals guilty of perpetrating such cruel acts to go unpunished or not sufficiently punished would be to sanction these horrific crimes and would permit them to go on to possibly commit violent crimes against humans.

The Animal Spirit Newsletter - Issue #2 -  4/21/03-4/27/03

"The beef industry has contributed to more deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of 'real food for real people', you'd better live real close to a good hospital."

- Neal D. Barnard, M.D., President, Physicians Comittee for Responsible Medicine, Washington, D.C.

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All the Meatless Pasta preparations you'd like to prepare:
(some need some adjustment, as they contain onion and garlic)

Different Shapes of pasta:

The Lentil page - very useful all about lentils and the numerous kinds of lentil

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Siberian Center for Vedic Culture presents
tasty vegetarian recipes from Food For Peace by Rambhoru devi dasi.

ďIf anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat.
Thatís the single most important thing you could do. Itís staggering when you think about it.
Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.Ē
--Sir Paul McCartney


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