recipes for prana

Welcome to the recipes for prana page. Here you’ll find simple, super-tasty, wholesome vegan yogi recipes for home cooking. Find out more about the yogic diet here

chocolate chia pudding

This is a simple but super nutritious and tasty pudding. A pudding of a pudding but quite a grown up taste. Chia is full of minerals and protein, plus is cleansing for the gut. Cacao is rich in magnesium and bitter for the gut. Maple syrup, well, sugar by another name and aromatic. Serve with …

coconut chutney

I don’t know when we’ll be able to get back to having the popular Eat like a Yogi and Eat for your Dosha cooking workshops but this is a favourite to prepare as we make our feast. Goes great with chana dhal or kitcheri, for example. Ingredients makes about 8 servings of a desert spoon  100g …

tiffin

Very sweet and very fattening, but sometimes needs must! Plus you can cut it into 16 pieces which are judicious morsel sized, therefore ok. Ingredients serves 5-6 150g vegan ‘butter’ cubed, plus extra for the tin – Pure do a good one, or flora too, or use vitalite or pure marg otherwise 3 tbsp caster sugar 3 …

oat and banana pancakes

This is a  quick and yummy weekend breakfast that you could make lots of toppings for and people choose what they make. Here you can see them made on a Teachers’ Retreat Ingredients makes ten 350 g porridge oats 40g milled flax seed quite a useful fridge-stored ingredient to help cakes bind and has good fats …

Apple chutney

Previously a secret only revealed to people attending the vegan cooking workshop here, this is a tangy chutney that helps out in an apple glut and can be frozen. It complements dhal really nicely. Oooh, that’s nice is a typical response. And here’s how you make it. Here featured in autumn with  golden dhal, roast …

This is a quick, easy and super proteinaceous pancake that goes a long way towards meeting the pancake yearning, and carb craving but without being made of wheat or having too many calories. WIN WIN WIN! You can adapt it by for example adding herbs to make a pizza base, as here, topped with tomatoes …

soupe au pistou

Soupe au pistou is a south of France kind of minestrone, and borrows a pesto-type sauce from round the coast in Liguria. This is a vegan and viveka’d version that draws on the strenghts of the kitchen garden at this time of year (this is a June-time version). You can vary the veg to what’s …

bean pate

This is not the most glamourous dish. It is brown, like vegan food of the 1970s, as noted in the brilliant future history mockumentary Carnage by Simon Amstell. However, it is very yummy and nutritious. It’s a favourite of peeps doing work exchange here: a lunch with bread and salads. Here pictured waldorf salad (apples, …

Soda Bread

This makes an easy and traditional yeast-free bread. It takes 5 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook, making a loaf crusty on the outside and crumbly soft on the inside. Lovely fresh with soup (such as bean and butternut), or bean pate and is great ftoasted the next day. Traditionally made with buttermilk, …

parsley-tastic buckwheat tabouleh

Parsley has such a fresh chlorophyll yet earthy taste that just feels like it’s doing you good. And it is: very high in vitamin C it’s a great food for blood vessel health and general infection combatting at winter time. Get a good big bunch from a mediterranean or Asian shop, or grow it yourself. …

vegan golden cauli dhal soup & parsley mash

Having a starch with dhal supports a diet with the full range of amino acid to form complete proteins, important in a vegan diet. Warming spices aid digestibility and are just plain TASTY. Vegan Souper Soup in many varieties is a key feature after classes and in workshops here at VG. This one is a …

Blackberry Muffins

This is a great recipe to make the most of fruit in season. In August I had some lovely nectarines, could also be lightly stewed apples in autumn and the classic supermarket blueberries all year round. Right now we have some beautiful blackberries here. Ingredients 12 big muffins (in deep muffin tin) or 24 buns …

Lemon shortbread

Baking is a key part of getting ready for a retreat here at Viveka Gardens, and Anna did an amazing job of the double combo of firm favourite chocolate cake that has the VG signature blackcurrant jam in it, this time made as cupcakes and new recipe, lemon shortbread. A plant-based shortbread, and lemon-y too. …

vegan golden cauliflower dhal soup with parsely mash

Vegan Souper Soup in many varieties is a key feature after classes and in workshops here at VG. This one is a winter warmer uber-comfort food which is inexpensive when cauliflower is in season and because split yellow peas are readily available in supermarkets and wholefood shops. An organic cauli* costs maybe £1.50 and the …

Nut and Quinoa loaf with Miso Gravy

This is a super tasty classic that is wonderful for Christmas or other meal. Chestnuts are high in carbohydrates and, strangely, very high in vitamin C, essential for the maintenance of blood vessels. Brazils are one of the fattiest nuts, and a rich source of Selenium, wonderful for bone health. Other nuts are great too, …

Scrambled tofu

Scrambled tofu is an easy win if you want a protein hit. And tasty. You can serve it old-fashioned style with baked beans for a tin, or really nice is with steamed pak choi (or spinach, broccoli spears) and fried off tomatoes in oregano – as in the picture. Tofu is a complete protein, meaning …

Moroccan inspired cinnamon squash and black bean soup

Squash are in season and the slightly smokey taste of these beans with cinnamon, ras-el-haout spice and a bit of cayenne makes a super tasty soup. This was served with bulgar cracked wheat and enjoyed after class one Tuesday morning here at VG. Yummers. Ingredients (serves 4 – 6) 200g black eyed beans 2 tablespoons …

Spiced apple cakes

Spiced apple cakes  – well we varied it this time with pears and dates instead of apples and sultanas – care of the Vegan Society. We LOVE these little buns made in a 12-bay bun tin rather than the big cake. Holly made them, Fab and Jonas modelled them. Just what you need after an …

Beetroot soup with tahini chickpeas

This is a tasty, comfort food that turns your pee pink! Beetroot can be in season from late spring and on through the winter. It’s great for blood pressure and being adaptogenic in this regard it can lower high pressure and raise low blood pressure. It’s got good levels of dietary fibre and minerals manganese …

Poached pears with cardamom

This one is hardly rocket science, but makes a virtue of rock-hard pears that at any moment – jeopardy rising – the blackbird/blue tits are going to peck at the neck and wasps move in. Or suddenly squish in the fruit bowl. Quarter, peel and cut out the seeds and stringy bit. Cut the quarters …

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