As per the traditional Indian wisdom about cooking, it is said “You Are What You Eat”. This famous adage signifies the importance of what we eat or drink. Wellness is a holistic concept and a key element of this concept is what we consume.
Our forefathers laid great emphasis on consuming the local food, cooked in the right way, at right time and in right quantities. It would not be wrong to say that cooking was a well-developed science.
There was an all pervasive knowledge of all dimensions of cooking- be it nutritional aspects of its ingredients, cooking methods or types of cooking utensils to be used. This knowledge was because the art and the science of cooking passed on from one generation to the next.
This transfer of knowledge continued till the modern times, except for the few decades, due to opening up economy and its resultant influences, obscured this knowledge and stemmed its transfer.
Indian Food went hybrid and we started consuming heavily genetically modified foods and also food not made for the local palette. The ill-effects of taking to these influences showed up in masses in the form of various disorders and illnesses.
Food should nourish your body, mind, senses and soul while increasing the pranic and physical energy… Thankfully, there is rethinking in present generation about the goodness of the traditional knowledge of cooking. This rethinking has made people take a U-turn back to traditional cooking methods and adopt previous wellness practices.
Our aim is simply to remove the ‘not needed’ new age complexities in the traditional Indian food. Indian Kitchen was called the healing ‘medicine’ cabinet, for a reason. – Nidhi Bhakuni.
Our focus on Traditional Cooking Methods
Moksha Mantra’s Indian cooking classes focus on traditional cooking methods. Our noble objective is to bring back the old wisdom of cooking food the traditional way and spread it among the masses not only in India but also across the globe.
While promotion of the ‘traditional’ ways of cooking is USP of our classes, we also seek to dispel certain mistaken notions regarding various traditional concepts.
1/6. Simple Cooking is Best for Health.
At Moksha Mantra, we believe that experimenting with various food items while cooking is not good. Simple cooking, using traditional spices and herbs, can also be nutritious and delicious. This principle is central to our Indian food cooking classes.
2/6. Indian food and the 6 taste Rasa.
During the course of classes, we also seek to relate cooking and recipes with the concept of human taste. As per ancient Indian wisdom, there are 6 tastes which humans shall experience in food-salt, sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and astringent.
3/6. Understanding of the key cooking aids.
During the course of these vegetarian cooking classes, you will get to learn about various aspects of cooking, including the nature, properties and composition of various foods, utensils, cooking aids like Indian flours, fruits, cooking oils, traditional utensils, nuts and seeds, vegetables, health drinks, Indian herbs and spices commonly used in our country.
4/6. Cooking Recipes of Traditional Indian Food
How to make some common traditional Indian recipes like Indian Breakfast, Lunch, Indian Dinner, Indian Snacks, Desserts and Indian Health Drinks, including soups.
5/6. Demystifying the concept of Satvik, Rajsik or Tamsik foods.
At Moksha Mantra, we believe that the food could be Satvik, Rajsik or Tamsik not just by way of cooking, but also by way of consumption. So, a Satvik food can give properties of Tamsik if eaten more than required or in inappropriate conditions. Similarly, a Tamsik food can deliver properties of Satvik, if eaten in right amount and in certain conditions.
6/6. Incorporating lessons on ‘animal cruelty free’ food cooking.
While Vegan food has become a mass awareness subject only in recent times, we have this age-old tradition of using only those animal products where not cruelty to animal has been done. Our traditional approach was centered on using only those animal products where the animals have not been harmed in any way and are reared naturally without any sort of forceful human intervention.
The modern day “veganism” is more a product-oriented approach since it discards use of any animal extract in food or drinks, whereas our traditional approach did not prohibit the use of animal products as such but ensured that the animals have been brought up naturally without any harm or cruelty being done to them. The products of these animals were viewed as their gifts from the nature and these animals were revered.
Our Indian Cooking Classes are also going Online
Besides sharing our knowledge through the website, Moksha Mantra also provides online cooking classes and videos. For the benefit of students who can not join the regular classes, we have special online sessions as well. These online Indian cooking classes are held for individuals or for small group of people. Watch this space for our next online class and/or new video.
Our Indian cooking classes impart training for preparing delicious and nutritious meals which are healthy to consume.