Pure Vegetarian: 108 Indian-Inspired Recipes to Nourish Body and Soul

Pure Vegetarian: 108 Indian-Inspired Recipes to Nourish Body and Soul

by Lakshmi Wennakoski-Bielicki


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An inspired vegetarian cookbook with 108 recipes inflected with the practices of Ayurveda and mindfulness practices derived from a bhakti yogic lifestyle.

Food is so much more than nourishment for the body, and health is not just a results-oriented goal. Lakshmi Wennakoski-Bielicki, the creator of PureVege.com, creates food that is healthy, tasty, ethically sound, and spiritually resonant: it is an offering of devotion. To Lakshmi, a vegetarian diet is simply the practical starting point on the path toward a more mindful life. Pure Vegetarian melds yoga philosophy with mindful food preparation and delicious meals, any day, all year long.

You do not need to practice yoga or Ayurveda to find these recipes accessible, delicious, and divine. Many of the 108 recipes are influenced by Indian tradition but modified for the Western palate. Lakshmi encourages experimenting with favorite vegetables and seasonings to create fresh versions of familiar classics: spelt crackers with hummus, strawberry halva, fig tart with frozen pecan pudding. The recipes are easily adapted to a vegan or gluten-free diet as well.

Recipes include:
·Homemade cheeses, yogurt, buttermilk, and other organic dairy products
·Fresh-baked Indian-style flatbreads and snacks
·Wholesome legume and rice dishes, packed full of seasonal vegetables for hearty meals year-round
·Fragrant spice blends to accent all kinds of sweet and savory dishes
·Salads, sprouts, chutneys, and sauces to flavor any meal
·Sweet desserts, confections, and refreshing drinks to satisfy any palate

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611801446
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 07/21/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

LAKSHMI WENNAKOSKI-BIELICKI is a photographer and the creator of the food blog Pure Vege. She started cooking when she was running a bhakti yoga center in northern Greece with her husband fifteen years ago. She learned to navigate the vegetarian kitchen while following a monastic order in an ashram. For her, food nourishes body and soul alike, and her commitment to ahimsa (nonviolence) is at the core of her lifestyle and her cooking. She offers vegetarian cooking classes, consulting, and catering in Helsinki, Finland.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Recipes

About the Recipes 15

Homemade Dairy 21

Spices 49

Rice, Grains & Dal 63

Vegetable Dishes 87

Breads, Snacks & Savories 129

Salads, Seedlings & Sprouts 159

Chutneys, Raitas & Sauces 179

Desserts 199

Drinks 243

Part 2 My Ingredients & Kitchen Tools

Ingredients 257

Kitchenware 287

Glossary 291

Resources 295

Index 299

About the Author 307

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