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Sunday, September 22, 12pm: Food For The Gods: Vegetarian Indian Lunch with Rupen Rao of Rupen’s
Sunday, September 22, 12pm: Food For The Gods: Vegetarian Indian Lunch with Rupen Rao of Rupen’s


 
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Hinduism is a polytheistic faith. There are different gods, goddesses and different kinds of food habits for each one of them. There is no such thing as one ideal Hindu meal. One of the fundamentals in Hinduism is diversity, and therefore there are diverse meals in Hinduism based on regionality, history and traditional eating habits. There are vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians, as male gods are offered vegetarian items whereas some goddesses are offered fish and meat. In this class, Rupen will demonstrate and serve a traditional vegetarian Hindu meal that is offered to Lord Vishnu, the supreme lord who maintains the universe and all its beings: sauteed greens (sookhi subzi); split pigeon peas (varan) served with white basmati rice, topped with ghee (ghee bhaat); a medley of bounty, including milk, yogurt, honey, sugar and ghee (panchamrit); black chickpeas with fried bread (chana puri); and semolina pudding (halwa). Rao, who has a line of cookbooks simmering sauces, has made it his mission to take classic Indian cooking and adapt it to our day-to-day lifestyle here in the United States. Each guest will receive a copy of Rao’s “Ayurveda Cookbook,” a vegetarian Indian cookbook based on the principles of Ayurveda, the traditional Indian holistic science of living. Recipes will be provided.