Yoga, Dinner and A Movie

Acharya Sri Khadi Madama

Acharya Sri Khadi Madama

Episode 15

A Passage To India: Bela’s Golden Passport Patties: Stretching Towards The Tortoise

A Passage To India

This wonderful, splendiferous movie is based on the story by E. M. Forrester and it shines as bright as the Indian sun with a stellar cast: Sir Alec Guiness, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Niger Havers and one of India’s most famous veteran actors, Victor Banerjee, who shares the same surname as our own dear Bela, although there is no relation. It all takes place during the British Raj and centers around one very hot, mystical day, while exploring the “Malabar Caves”, whose echoes wreck havoc for most of our cast. It is full of the mystical elements of India and Sir Alec is just fun as the aging professor Godbole, which sounds like ‘God Bully”, adding that Yoga mystical charm. The landscape is breathtaking and our excellent and colorful characters have a lot of karmic lessons to learn; trust, faith, personal boundaries, friendship, forgiveness. There is a great picnic scene, too, outside of the haunting caves. Although I don’t know what exactly what they ate, Bela has a pretty good idea. Whip up a batch to eat while enjoying our film.

Bela’s Golden Passport Patties :

1 can (12 oz) chick peas, rinsed

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

1 large egg for binding or use some chick pea flour available at Indian grocers.

4 cloves of garlic, chopped (these will keep any ghosts from the caves away!)

2 green chilies, seeded (don’t touch your face or eyes with your hands)

2 Tablespoons oil

1 Tablespoon vinegar

1 large onion, grated

1 teaspoon fresh minced parsley

1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup grated carrot

Oil for frying, about 1/2 cup.

Place the chick peas, ginger, egg or binder, green chilies, oil and vinegar in blender.

Puree until the chick peas are smooth. You may need to add a bit of water if you are not using egg.

Add grated onion, parsley, salt and bread crumbs.

Add more breadcrumbs or water if needed to create a consistency like a thick batter.

Mix well.

Drop Patty mixture by large spoonful into hot oil.

Fry until golden. Of course!

Serve in sandwiches with chutney; mint or apple; or mayonnaise.

Stretching Towards The Tortoise

The traditional Tortoise Pose is based on a front split, with the torso on the floor and the harms pushed underneath the front legs. Not everyone can perform such a demanding stretch, but that doesn’t mean that simply working on the basics for it won’t be just as beneficial. Sometimes it’s the challenge of the pose that is more enticing that actually being able to perform it. Make sure that you have performed some other of your favorite easy to do stretches to warm up your body and then, move your feet outwards as far as you can go. Start by stretch slowly down each leg to ease, then gradually sliding each arm down each of your legs. Move slowly and methodically. You can’t this pose anymore than you can rush a tortoise! When you can get as far as possible, but still working within a parameter of comfort, hold the pose while breathing through your nostrils, slowly and deeply for about 1 minute. You’ll be stretching your legs, lower spine and hips. Remember, that slow and steady wins the race just like that old children’s story.

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Author, Speaker and Visionary, Acharya Sri Khadi Madama is the recipient of the Jewel of India Award, in New Delhi in 2009. You may visit her website at

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