The Taste Divine

Indian Vegetarian Cooking the Natural Way

By Vanamali

Subjects: India And South Asian Studies
Paperback : 9780791411889, 136 pages, December 1992
Hardcover : 9780791411872, 136 pages, January 1993

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Table of contents


Preparation of Essential Ingredients

1. Sadhana: Juices and Shakes

2. Gokul: Herbal Teas

3. Balakrishna Milk, Butter, Cream

4. Damodara: Salads

5. Manamohan: Salad Dressings and Sauces

6. Shyamasundara: Soups

7. Krishna: Chutneys and Pickles

8. Muralidhar: Bread

9. Chaitanya: Chepatis

10. Narayana: Rice Dishes

11. Nandakumar: Curries

12. Vishveshwara: Woked Vegetables

13. Poornanand: Sweets and Desserts

14. Vanamali: Special Dishes

General Glossary

Glossary of Hindi Terms

Glossary of Sanskrit Recipe Names



The recipes, information, and philosophy of food contained in this book are based on the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. Although the recipes are intended to support a yogic lifestyle, they are not for ascetics. They are useful to anyone who is seeking flavorful food and a healthy lifestyle.

Developed in an Ashram near Rishikesh, the recipes have proven their value and effectiveness through long usage. Because they have been refined and simplified, they are easy to use.

In addition to the recipes, the book contains a glossary of ingredients with their Hindi equivalents, instruction for the preparation of certain essential items, and general information on cooking and equipment.

Vanamali is the Master of the Vanamali Gita Yogashram situated three kilometers from Rishikesh at Tapovan Sarai.