Learn how to prepare a delicious and authentic vegetarian Indian meal in the Vermont Zen Center’s spacious kitchen. Manju Selinger will guide you through the process of preparing the meal, which all will enjoy for lunch at 1 p.m. With a cookbook of the recipes in hand and practical experience from the Zen Center’s kitchen, you will be ready to prepare an Indian meal for your family and friends. No cooking experience is necessary.
What You Will Learn
Participants will experience the mindfulness approach of working in a Zen kitchen. You will acquire hands-on knowledge in the preparation of an Indian meal, incorporating skills the teacher developed in her native land. There will be ample opportunities for discussing Indian food and meal preparation with Manju during a mid-morning snack of chai and Indian snacks as well as during the lunch-time meal.
2020 Menu—Weekend Meal
- Chana Masala
- Baigan Bharta (Eggplant)
- Layered Paratha
- Cucumber Raita
Instructor, Manju Selinger
Manju Selinger, a member of the Vermont Zen Center, grew up in Northern India and came to the U.S. in 1993. Manju has been an enthusiastic cook for over 30 years, and loves to experiment with traditional dishes to suit the nutritional needs of her family.
Manju incorporates Ayurvedic principles of food combining, cooking methods, and the use of complementary herbs and spices to enhance, counteract, or balance both the flavors and the effects of different foods on a particular type of body and mind.
Ramiro Barrantes, Mitra Coulter and Cheryl Betz, long-time members of the Vermont Zen Center, assist. Mitra is the Center’s Head Cook. She is responsible for planning and supervising all Center events that involve the preparation and serving of food, as well as for managing the kitchen’s day-to-day functioning. Cheryl assists Mitra in the kitchen, especially during special events, workshops, and retreats. Ramiro has been learning and cooking with Manju since the she began teaching Indian cooking in 2011. He has also learned Indian cooking from Julie Sahni and other people in the area.