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Introduction: Prasadam Krishna consciousness is sometimes called the 'kitchen religion'. Since the movement's founder, Srila Prabhupada, first cooked for his young disciples in New York, the movement has gone on to become famous for its delicious, pure vegetarian food.
In Vaisnavism, food is more than just food; it is prasadam, the Lord's mercy. In keeping with the philosophy of offering everything to God, Krishna, devotees offer everything they eat before they eat it. In this way the food is considered sanctified.
What kind of food? Vaisnavas follow a strict vegetarian diet; no meat, fish or eggs. Onions, garlic, and mushrooms are also avoided due to their adverse effects on the consciousness of the eater.
How do we offer our food? The most important ingredient in any offering is the devotion of the cook and of the person doing the offering (this may of course be the same person). It is also important that the persons offering the food are in good consciousness. This is helped by such considerations as making sure the kitchen is clean, the ingredients are pure, and that the cook is wearing clean clothes. It also helps to have peaceful music or chanting going on during the preparation of the meal. As the idea is that we are cooking for Krishna it is very important that no-one else tastes the preparation before it is offered.
A simple offering can be made by placing the food on a plate (preferably one that is only used for this purpose) in front of a picture of Krishna and chanting the Hare Krishna Mantra a few times while asking Krishna to please accept this humble offering.
A slightly more elaborate offering can be made by chanting each of the following prayers three times while ringing a small bell. Prayer to Srila Prabhupada, (or your own guru)
nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine nirvisesa-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine Prayer to Lord Caitanya
namo maha-vadanyaya krishna-prema-pradaya te krishnaya krishna-chaitanya- namne gaura-tvishe namaha Prayer to Lord Krishna
namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca jagad-dhitaya krsnaya govindaya namo namah Chant Maha Mantra
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare
But remember, the most important part of a successful offering is the devotion!
Moong Dhal (Green Dahl
250g Moong 5ml Tumeric Powder 2 Tomatoes, finely sliced or grated 10ml Masala 5ml Jeera 5ml Ground ginger 3ml Hing Powder oil curry leaves salt 12.5ml lemon juice dhunia
Method 1. Boil moond with tumeric until it's disintegrates. 2. Heat oil, add jeera, mustard seed, ginger, curry leaves and hing. 3. Allow oil to sputter, then add masala and tomatoes. 4. Allow to cook for a few minutes. 5. Add boiled moong and cook until dahl starts to thicken. 6. Add lemon juice when dahl is almost ready, if you want;)