In Vedic tradition eating food is a very sacred affair. It isa form of fire worship (yajna) in which food is offered to the divine fire present within every being’s stomach as ‘Vaishvanara’ – “Becoming the fire of life I dwell in the bodies of all living creatures.” (Bhagavad Gita 15.14) With this awareness the daily intake of our meals becomes a form of meditation and worship of light. Our food becomes sacred and sanctified as an offering to the omnipresent divinity residing within each one of us. The Maharshis of the Krishna Yajur Veda (Taittiriya Upanishad 3.2) realized that “Food is Brahman (a manifestation of the Supreme Life Force).” Our life completely depends on it. Therefore, we should consume our food with respect, awareness and mindfulness, and ideally, in silence.

Martins Ate's 108 Pure Vegetarian Food: Excellent munchies recipes for a whole family

This book contains 108 most favorite pure vegetarian recipes of reggae musician and entrepreneur Martins Ate discovered across the world during his constant travelings and expeditions. Marvelous deserts from Thailand, including wonders of Japanese kitchen ending up with Turkish wraps and American Burgers - everything to inspire you for healthy and ayurvedically balanced meals.Briefly - because of the munchies I get after a fat spliff is the reason I care for tasty food! As from Europe, the very first time I had an experience with Indian style food was in Vedic cooking classes in Belgium. While living in Brussels, as a vegetarian, I gathered many same minded people for Vedic culinary classes. The teacher of all that was from local Hare Krishna Radhadesh community and her amazing knowledge on how she was explaining all fruit, seed, vegetable qualities, mixing them up together with herbs and spices in the pan gave the mouth most maximum taste. She gave me inspiration for my restaurant business I continued later as McHalumi and the reason for this book to appear - to pass the knowledge gathered from ayurvedic cooking classes.I became a vegetarian back in 2005. Before that I didn't have much experience with vegetables - I guess it is hard for all people who have got used to eating meat as the main diet to become a vegetarian I guess. 

For me the problem was in the usage of vegetables as some side-dish - I never thought of mixing them up with spices as for the main dish. I never knew how to make anything out of vegetables except some salad. That’s for sure not enough for a daily dish - a proper, tasty meal which satisfies your mind and body. In a morning I’m drinking usually yogurt blended with nuts and fruits. At noon I eat something proper and heavy like pizza, rice, chick peace, daal, bread, etc., but in the afternoon usually, my wives cooks some mixed vegetables. In the evenings we drink warm milk with spices. It increases good sleep quality and made properly with ghee makes rich ayurvedic spices to influence our mind and body during our sleep. Today all my family and kids are vegetarian. The spices described in this book are also strictly beneficiary accordingly to ayurvedic traditions. And blended in the dish are not so spicy even if it is crowded with spicy herbs. Few examples can be told like Cardamom - it's a natural antibacterial thing which helps us clean our bodies. Turmeric - there are dozens of books regarding the use of turmeric in blood cleansing. The same for Ginger which is like the main ingredient. Cumin seeds help our digestive system and anise seeds help to digest the food.Many people nowadays are worried about where to get protein. However the top 3 protein sources in the world is rice, peace and beans. It's balanced. All in one dish. So at least one of your meals per day can be balanced and proper. In my cooking, I'm trying to avoid canned food preparing all from fresh and local ingredients. 

I know the farms I'm buying milk from. I make my own yogurt and cottage cheese called Paneer. So everything is "local", made with Love and with devotion to Love. In most of the cases even Ghee I make myself.I do not use cooking oil. I use a product called Ghee because its resistance capacity to the high temperatures is much higher so giving the ability to cook higher quality dishes. Ghee is a product of cows. It is made from fresh milk after it is cleared from cream, then blended into butter then purified by boiling it and dividing the existent butter into 2 parts - fats and shiny golden oil - Ghee. So due to this procedure Ghee has been always a valuable product in any house and in Vedic times families richness was even counted by the quantity of Ghee in their households. So that's the basic ingredient for any cooked meal I normally would use for dishes I would eat myself and give to my guests.Read more at