Hare Krishna recipes

I, personally, have to give some props to the Hare Krishnas, because they fed me when I was a hippie. I found this nifty website of Hare Krishna recipes which look yummy. I thought some folks might be interested in whipping up tasty vegetarian food. I helped the Hare Krishnas prepare food at the 2005 Rainbow Gathering in WV, and contrary to rumors, they were not slipping in saltpeter (allegedly to kill libidos). I have no idea if they ever did or not, but that's what people said. I spent all day in their kitchen, and there was no saltpeter present, I can promise you.
are you in wv??? sorry I know off topic I am in WV looking for some people of the same mindset as me!
No, sadly! I only lived there during the 2005 Gathering in the Cranberry Glades forest. I was blown away by WV's beauty, it's like a green paradise when you're leaving the gridlock of urban MD/VA! I am back in my native state, Mississippi.
Wow, they fed me when I was a hippie too!
And I was at that Rainbow Gathering. Camped up on Main Meadow...where were you camping?
Were you in Colorado too?

And thanks for the heads up, because their food is awesome.
I was camped with Camp America (pronounced "Camp 'MERika!"). Our symbol was an upside-down American flag pinned to a tree and we were camped near the children's camp. Didn't make it to Colorado, I was in Turkey at the time. I might make it out this summer, though. This is so funny, you and me might've danced in the same drum circle or something. Small world!
This looks fantastic. I just skimmed through it quickly - but I am excited to go through it when I have more time. I live with a vegetarian and I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to cooking. You are my new hero!

Thanks so much for posting!
that is so cool! and super easy to navigate/read, I might add. Plus, for us non-veggies, it would be super easy to add some stew meat and or cheap chicken to the recipies.

Thanks so much! I was just talking yesterday with my children about how people eat differently in different cultures. Until you posted this I didn't really find anything that wasn't fairly Americanized. *waves from KY*
OT, but if you want to continue that discussion, you could tell them about Jewish people and keeping Kosher.
We've discussed Kosher and other food rules/differences (like the variety of starches eaten around the world). The recent discussion was tools for eating and how some people use different ones or simply their fingers or a food item instead. One of the pages on the site given showed the food served on a banana leaf. That is the type of thing I've had trouble finding photos of as I don't know the words for the foods or even the word 'food' in other languages to look them up :p
Food is a familiar thing to discuss when trying to discuss culture. Plus it's a lot of fun :)
I know this is an old response, but you could look up food in southeast asia- esp. thailand, like sticky rice and rice mixed with taro, or maybe plaintains, because food is often served in banana leaves in that area (where I'm from, but I can't think of any names either). Also some desserts are!
I don't mind at all that it's an old post. I think it's kinda weird that people care when something old gets a comment, to me it's all good :)

We've been looking online again since we started thinking about trying some more different foods (we try something like that about once a month or so). Lots of sites have recipes and photos it just takes a while to find them. So when someone posts something in a place I already know of it really is nice for us. Seems some places although they post genuine food they present it in a sort of American way. But we are finding some! Thanks for saying something about taro, we hadn't tried it yet.
*waves from KY also*

Nutritional anthropology: A most excellent topic for kids!!! :D
Hee hee! I hadn't thought of such a fancy moniker for my "lessons". We had at one time thought of homeschooling so I got in the habit of opening my head up whenever we starting to discuss anything. Now when we talk I get all excited and look things up that I don't know so I can answer everyone's (including my own) questions that crop up during our talks in the evening/weekend.
I used to get lunch from a Hare Krishna dude in Galway market every Saturday when I was living there. Samosa, mattar paneer, and tomato chutney. Damn, it was good stuff. Cheap, too!
back in my rainbow/road hippie day, (holy shrimp, 13 years ago) i fell in love with krsna food. particularly at the shine in eugene. I so fell in love with it that when a friend of mine started getting into krsna, I helped him make a huge krsna dinner for all our friends. He then ran off to the ashram for like 12 years.

but i digress. point being krsna food is nostalgia food for me, and I thank you for the link.
My first college roomie was a Hare Krishna, and I've had only good experiences with them (a LOT more than I can say for some religions). I really appreciated them when I was a hippie. It wasn't like "here's a moldy crust of bread, you filthy hippie," they would feed you really tasty food and you could hang out and listen to them sing songs about Krishna. After awhile the songs get stuck in your head and you wander around singing, "Hare, hare hare. Hare hare, hare Krishna," to yourself all the time. :)
OMG you just made my stomach the happiest. EVER. I lived on HK food in college and have been craving it ever since
I've been looking at these comments, and I'd just want to post a general warning: be careful, and remember that things are not always how they seem. I'm not saying that people should feel they have to avoid talking to Hare Krishna followers or eating their food, nor am I saying that Hare Krishna is all bad (that is often the trouble, that things so often aren't black or white, which makes it easy for people to end up being deceived).

Just a few general points about destructive cults:

1. Anyone can get sucked into a cult. Contrary to popular opinion, you don't have to have a low IQ, be a naive person, or be mentally unstable. In fact, it is often the smart "together" people who are intentionally targeted.

2. One of the defining features of destructive cults is that the truth is hidden. The leaders intentionally make it seem innocent and "normal" to newcomers. Other popular groups which operate in this way include Transcendental Meditation, and Amway. The truths are revealed gradually, in layers, to participants as they become more involved. The catch here is that very often by the time people find out truths about the organisation which would have made them run a mile had they known these things at the outset, their feelings of loyalty, attachment and faith towards the organisation now prevent them from questioning what the organisation does or how they are treated. This is precisely how people get caught, and why there can end up being such conflict between cult members and their family and friends who are not in the cult and who are concerned about the cult's practices.

3. The majority of the members of any given cult tend to be good, geniune, sincere people, and generally are not idiots. They believe that they are helping other people by introducing them to the organisation which they believe has been, or will be, of great benefit to themselves. (Again think "Amway".) This is another reason why so many people fall for cults: they pick up on the genuine-ness of their sponsors and other members of the group, and have no way of knowing that these people themselves are being deceived and fed lies.

Hope I haven't caused any offense by posting this, and I certainly don't intend any insult to those who have only had good experiences with HK.
What? I have never seen the Hare Krishnas included in lists of dangerous cults! I'm an atheist, and don't approve of organized religion of any sort, including ISKCON; but I have never had a bad experience with individual Hare Krishnas. In any case, I was posting a link to some recipes, not encouraging people to become Hare Krishnas, and any discussion about their religion and it's "cult" status, if any, should be directed to a religious debate comm on lj.
I take your point, that my post was perhaps not appropriate for this community (I was aware I was taking a risk with that), but I wasn't actually aiming the post at you. I decided to post it after reading some of the comments to your post: not that any of the comments necessarily indicated cause for concern, as nobody was directly talking about joining them, but just I thought it might be a good idea to warn people about what I have read about the possible risks, and of course people are free to agree or disagree as they choose.

I guess I'm not generally very savvy as to which topics are generally considered either too hot or too off-topic in online communities. My opinion though, is that freedom to go a bit off-topic and to express different points of view can be a good thing. Of course if it results in a flaming war or ends up detracting from the original purpose of the community then that is not good, but that doesn't always happen.
I thought Amway was just an organization selling stuff in the same way that Mary Kay or Avon does. Do they have a religious part, too?
Their IBO organizations used to spread rumors that their primary competition, Proctor and Gamble, was a Satanic organization.
Cults aren't always religious, even though religious-based cults are the best-known category. In recent decades it has become quite common for money-making and psychotherapy/personal development groups to operate as destructive cults, and also groups which pose as charity or environmental groups. I'm not running down any of these kinds of groups in themselves: just a minority of them operate in that kind of deceptive manner, for the purpose of getting money and/or labor from members for the personal gain of the group's leaders.

In the case of Amway, whilst not exactly a religious organisation in itself, and certainly not revealed as such to newcomers (except for innocuous aspects such as beginning each meeting with a prayer, and speakers referring to their Christian faith, and God's assistance in their efforts in building their business, in the U.S, at least one of it's biggest ploys, or at least a ploy of some of Amway's "families" to keep members loyal and working hard is by making use of the Christian religion, manipulating it for their own ends after the manner of many cults.

I can post some links if you like.
A very good site explaining about cults generally: http://www.freedomofmind.com

Regarding Amway, the site which I would recommend with the most
confidence is http://www.amquix.info , including the site's
annex http://www.amquix.info/amway_annex.html . I would
definitely say to anyone, don't be sure you've seen it
all until you've seen this site. As well as providing
links to the websites of CURRENT (and former) diamonds
and emeralds, it also provides, amongst other things,
a long list of rebuttals to pro-amway statements.
Regardless of what a person's assessment may be
regarding the validity of the author's assertions, (or
those of the other former or current distributors), it
certainly strikes me as a very thorough and
well-researched site.

Here are some other sites, most of which contain many links:


What I found the most compelling was Eric Scheibeler's
e-book "Merchants of Deception". http://www.merchantsofdeception.com
it's just veg indian food. i don't know what the big deal is.
Um, some of us weren't born in India or raised vegetarian. Others enjoyed Hare Krishna food in the past and would like to make some now.
well, what I mean is: it's not Hare Krishna food. It's veg Indian food that you can get in any indian cookbook. I don't have a positive connotation with the Hare Krishnas like you apparently do, and I wouldn't want to eat "Hare Krishna" food. But Indian food? I'm there.
Some of the Eastern countries certainly know how to cook vegetarian food:)
I'm not understanding you. You say the recipes are just vegetarian Indian meals, not specifically Hare Krishna meals. Then you say you like to eat Indian food but not Hare Krishna food? Isn't that, by your definition, the same thing?

I posted just one link to a website with some recipes. It's not as if by clicking on it you'll somehow be infected with their Hare Krishna-ess and omgz it'll never go away. Just don't click on it if it offends you in some way.
there is a guy every weekday outside my school with a cart giving away hare krishna veg food, you give a donation if you want. This guy gives you a heaping plate of food, fruid, and bread for like a pound...best deal in London.
a hare krishna anecdote
The Hare Krishnas tried to steal my little sister at the O'Hare airport when I was 15 and she was 8. It was really a trip cause I turned around and she was walking away with them-one holding each of her hands.

Then they pretended not to hear me when I shouted after them. I had to run after them and grab my sister away from them. The weirdest part was-my little sister was a giant brat who never minded any adult-so I didn't understand why she went off with 2 bald strangers.

Anyway-it isnt relevant to the recipes but I felt like sharing...
This post makes me laugh...
saltpeter, destructive cults, Hare Krishna's kidnapping family members...all came out of a link for "prasadam" (Hare Krishna) recipes.

It sounds like something straight out of those weird tabloid newspapers at the grocery store check out lane.

btw...the Hare Krishna's kidnapped me too...5 years ago, they forced me to dance in the kirtan, chant Hare Krsna, read Prabhupada's books and consume large amounts of prasadam and what do you know..I became happy and now I voluntarily do that stuff....oh wait it was voluntary then as well.

Anyhow...Hare Krishna!...All glories to Halavah and Hare Krishna food!