Mothers Day Just One Week Away

Why not order some personally signed Kurma Cookbooks and DVD sets to gift your mother this Mothers Day.

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Mum can then cook lovely things from my cookbooks and invite you over for dinner. Win-win situation.

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This is the 11-disc 20-hour Kurma TV cookery show DVD compendium.

Just add Mum, a couch and a cup of tea.

the kurma dvd:

I can get your orders posted to you, anywhere in Australia, in time for you to gift-wrap them.

Orders: write me on kurma.acbsp@pamho.net

Krishna, the Lord of Sweetness

Today is Easter Friday and a lot of Christian leaders are, hopefully, speaking on various religious topics. Here’s my offering: a tangible description of God and one of his limitless divine qualities – sweetness.

I published this 6 months ago, but here it is again, back by popular demand.

Sri Sri Radha Krishna:

The Sweetness of Lord Sri Krishna

by Sripad Vallabha-acharya

adharam madhuram vadanam madhuram

nayanam madhuram hasitam madhuram

hridayam madhuram gamanam madhuram

madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram

His lips are sweet, His face is sweet,

His eyes are sweet, His smile is sweet,

His loving heart is sweet, His gait (walk) is sweet,

Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

vachanam madhuram charitam madhuram

vasanam madhuram valitam madhuram

chalitam madhuram bhramitam madhuram

madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram

His words are sweet, His character is sweet,

His dress (garment) is sweet, His posture is sweet,

His movements are sweet, His wandering (roaming) is sweet,

Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

venur madhuro renur madhurah

panir madhurah padau madhurau

nrityam madhuram shakhyam madhuram

madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram

His flute-playing is sweet, His foot-dust is sweet,

His hands are sweet, His feet are sweet,

His dancing is sweet, His friendship is sweet,

Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

gitam madhuram pitam madhuram

bhuktam madhuram suptam madhuram

rupam madhuram tilakam madhuram

madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram

His song is sweet, His drinking is sweet,

His eating is sweet, His sleeping is sweet,

His beautiful form is sweet, His Tilaka (mark on the forehead) is sweet,

Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

karanam madhuram taranam madhuram

haranam madhuram ramanam madhuram

vamitam madhuram shamitam madhuram

madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram

His deeds (activities) are sweet, His conquest (liberating) is sweet,

His thieving (stealing) is sweet, His love-sports are sweet,

His oblations (offerings) are sweet, His countenance is sweet,

Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

gunja madhura mala madhuram

yamuna madhura vici madhuram

salilam madhuram kamalam madhuram

madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram

His gunja-berry necklace is sweet, His flower garland is sweet,

Sweet is the Yamuna river, and sweet are her rippling waves,

Her water is sweet, and sweet are the lotus flowers also,

Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

gopi madhura lila madhuram

yuktam madhuram muktam madhuram

dhristam madhuram shistam madhuram

madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram

His gopis (cowherd girlfriends) are sweet, His pastimes (plays) are sweet,

His union (meeting him) is sweet, His deliverance (rescue) is sweet,

His sidelong glances are sweet, His courtesy (etiquette) is sweet,

Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

gopa madhura gavo madhuram

yastir madhura shristhir madhuram

dalitam madhuram phalitam madhuram

madhur-adipater akhilam madhuram

His gopas (cowherd boyfriends) are sweet, His cows are sweet,

His cane (herding-stick) is sweet, His creation is sweet,

His victory (trampling) is sweet, His accomplishment (fruition) is sweet,

Everything is completely sweet about the Lord of Sweetness.

|| iti srimad vallabha-acarya viracitam madhurastakam sampurnam ||

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,

Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

My Secret Love-affair with the Queen

If it’s true that potatoes are the king of vegetables, then cauliflower must surely be the queen. Firm, creamy-white florets of this royal vegetable cry out to be cooked in a myriad of ways.

Gently stewed with aromatic basmati rice, fresh turmeric, mung dal and ginger in kitcheri; lightly steamed with baby carrots and broccoli and mixed with butter-soft chickpeas, garden greens and a peppery lime and tahini dressing for a stunning salad; dipped in chili-laced chickpea flour batter and crisped in sweet, hot ghee; lightly sauteed with tomatoes and fresh coriander; splashed with olive oil then oven-roasted and folded through with feta, puy lentils and watercress; I could go on. I must admit to having a secret love-affair with cauliflower.

There are more than a dozen cauliflower dishes in my books. Here’s what I crave today, with fresh hot parathas. This recipe is from my first cookbook. Order one from me now for Mothers Day: kurma.acbsp@pamho.net

potato and cauliflower curry:

North Indian Curried Cauliflower and Potatoes

This is a popular North Indian vegetable dish. Combined with hot Puffed Fried Breads (Pooris) or rice, I could eat this any time of the day and on any occasion.

PREPARATION AND COOKING TIME: 15 – 20 minutes,

YIELD: enough for 4 – 5 persons

1/4 cup ghee or oil

1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds,

1 teaspoon cumin seeds,

1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger,

2 hot green chilies, seeded and chopped,

3 medium potatoes, cut into 1 1/4 cm (1/2-inch) cubes,

1 medium cauliflower, cut into small flowerets,

2 medium tomatoes blanched, peeled, and diced,

1/2 teaspoon turmeric,

1/2 teaspoon garam masala,

2 teaspoons ground coriander,

1 teaspoon brown sugar,

2 teaspoons salt,

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh coriander or parsley,

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice.

Heat the ghee or oil in a large, heavy saucepan over moderate heat. When the ghee is hot, add the mustard seeds. When they crackle, add the cumin and saute them until they darken a few shades. Add the ginger and chilies, saute for a few moments, and then add the potato and cauliflower pieces. Stir-fry the vegetables for 4 or 5 minutes or until the vegetables start to stick to the bottom of the pan.

Add the tomatoes, turmeric, garam masala, ground coriander, sugar, and salt.

Mix well, reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and, stirring occasionally, cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add water if necessary during this time but don’t over-stir the vegetables. When the vegetables are cooked, add the fresh coriander and the lemon juice. Serve hot.

Mothers Day Just Two Weeks Away

Why not order some personally signed Kurma Cookbooks and DVD sets to gift your mother this Mothers Day.

tinytomyum: tinynewcaulis: tinygujaratipumpkin:

tinygorgonzolaandfrshpearsonFruitloaf: tinycheesypolenta_000: tinycakes:

Mum can then cook lovely things from my cookbooks and invite you over for dinner. Win-win situation.

book_qveg: book-cwk:

book-vwf: book_veg:

This is the 11-disc 20-hour Kurma TV cookery show DVD compendium.

Just add Mum, a couch and a cup of tea.

the kurma dvd:

I can get your orders posted to you, anywhere in Australia, in time for you to gift-wrap them.

Orders: write me on kurma.acbsp@pamho.net

Cooking with Kurma in Your Home

Hey all you foodies out there! Temperatures are dropping and we’re poised on the brink of another Australian winter. Here’s an idea – why not invite Kurma into your home along with a dozen or so of your friends for a cookery class dinner party!

penultimate lunch: on the road 5:

on the road 4: play it again, Kurma:

on the road 13: on the road 10:

Kitchen camaraderie and a fully loaded banquet table is a perfect way to ward off the cold-weather blues. For more details….

A Real Tart

Winter is approaching here in the Great Southern Land. Some stoned-fruits still linger on, but not for much longer.

Plum season in Australia yields a myriad varieties that stay on well after apricots make their brief entrance and exit, nectarines come and go, and all manner of peaches appear and disappear. There are so many varieties of plums that I never get a chance to try them all.

A Real Tart:

I don’t know what these were, but they sure made a nice tart. A pyrex pie dish was lined with puff pastry. I then sprinkled on a mixture of freshly-ground almonds, sugar and flour, then a layer of ripe plums cut in half and pitted. The nut-sugar-flour layer soaked up the gushing plum juice quite nicely, and made a sort of marzipan-like layer between pastry and fruit.

I baked the tart then decided to paint the tart with a generous sloshing of Kosher vegetarian strawberry jelly mixture (based on agar-agar) that I made up with one-quarter the recommended amount of water. This made a glistening glaze and added to the already wonderful flavour.

Though the photo above is overexposed, contemplation on it will still yield the usual attachment and lust, and no doubt many tarts will soon enter many ovens worldwide.

So there. Of course this particular tart is now just a memory. As Bhagavad-gita says “The non-permanent appearance of happiness and distress is like the appearance and disappearance of winter and summer seasons”. And, may I add, of tarts.