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

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 …

Draeyk’s apple, blackberry and cinnamon Spelt lattice

Draeyk and his husband Bruce are good friends and it’s through house-sitting for them on Dartmoor that I happened to know Devon was The Place for VG. Draeyk’s a vegan chef and loves cooking seasonally and especially from the land. Snap! Here’s his recipe posted on fb in August with his particularly early apple variety …

Sicilian caper and aubergine stew – Caponata

This dish can be made any time of the the year but in high summer aubergines are ready in the UK, most likely grown in a polytunnel: support your local producer! This ‘Long Finger’ variety comes from Down Farm, near Winkleigh, just up the road from Viveka Gardens. Organic growers Liv and Henry grow top …

lemon polenta cake

This vegan and gluten free lemon polenta cake is really wonderful with summer berries and a soya or cashew cream. I also served it out of berry season with blackcurrant jam mixed with vanilla soya yoghurt. As you can see, Emma who was here to stay found it super tasty. ‘Well-balanced’ was another comment on …

risotto

My daughter brought vegan parmesan from the big city (though easy enough to get online) and so a great chance to cook a dish from the old days. The ‘parmesan’ is made from coconut oil principally, so we weren’t at all sure how the risotto would turn out. It was delicious: creamy texture and ‘cheesy’. …

butternut soup with bayleaf barley

Some say buddernud, some say booternoot (voila), yet others say bu??ernu? (where ? is a glottal stop)…whatever, this soup melts in the mouth. And with the addition of barley has gorgeous chewy bits. At this time of year (Feb) this squash will have come from the southern hemisphere so not an ‘eat local’ choice. However, …

almond milk

This is the protein-prana-power filled snack that keeps you going on Sivananda Sadhana Intensive from rising at 5, doing some practice, meditation and chanting and going on for the next 2 and a half hours with pranayama before brunch at 10. It’s a classic yoga food and repays ‘eating’ in the mouth as you drink …

oaty fruit crumble

This is low-hanging fruit: an easy vegan conversion from a traditional British dessert. Use gluten-free oats in a scattered topping and flour not required. No need to miss out on sweetness now. Get ready to cruuummmbllle! Coconut oil is lovely rubbed in with the oats and is especially good with apple when it is spiced up with …

chana dhal

This is a go to basic dhal made with split yellow peas, readily available and inexpensive – yet soooo delicious! If you leave it til the next day you’ll see it ‘gelatinous’ with protein. Much loved on retreats here, as you can maybe tell from the beautiful smiles. This recipe makes use of the ‘chancing’ …

chard pesto for buckwheat penne

I wanted to do something simple on the Saturday evening of our first weekend retreat here, as there were more fancy protein-packed meals planned for lunches. For the lovely and gluten-free Savitri buckwheat penne looked good. I was thinking something fresh to complement the umami taste of buckwheat, but also a creamy texture for full …

cherry chocolate cake

Uh-ho forgot to take a picture of this one before it got eaten – twice that has happened! Totally vegan but still an old-fashioned cake with sugar,wheat and soya, so not for everyone. It is delicious and has a ganache type icing. Nice to serve with soya cream. There are a lot of currant bushes …

subji

Mangiamo! Let’s eat! Eating together round the big table is at the heart of the retreat community here at Viveka Gardens Yoga Farm. Dhal, rice and subji – and maybe chapatti, but that’s another story – is a meal that will extend to feed all. You don’t want to miss out on chutney with tamarind, …

hungry gap soup

Though April and early May can feel like full spring there’s not much harvest yet. Carrots and certain over-wintered brassicas like kale, or spring greens may be coming on. Roots like swede and celeriac, which love a Devon soil, have been in harvest. This year there has been an early glut of carrots. Celery may …

passion cake

Sometimes it’s nice to do a bit of old fashioned baking. The sweet, warm aromas, the cutting of the cake around a table with friends: it’s full of heart. The purist vegan in me is a little offended by analogues – here soya flour providing the binding agent lecithin that you would get from albumin …

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