Yoga, Dinner and A Movie

Acharya Sri Khadi Madama

Acharya Sri Khadi Madama

Episode 20

Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies: Bela’s Garden Party Vegetable Curry: Single Arm Extensions

Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies

Gear up your autos, we’re off for a romp that starts in—you guessed it—India. Out tranquil scene opens with two impeccably dressed British Indian Army officers dining under a tent out in the middle of nowhere in India. However, that doesn’t stop them from having all of the of fine living right down to the bearers working the huge plumed overhead fans. It is at this time that the message arrives announcing the magnitude of the great race that is about to take place from all corners of the globe. What makes this movie delightful is the time period, circa early 1900’s when cars were the read deal and proper British Army officers in the Royal Command called each other “old fruit”, and actually used the words “curry powder” as an official password. It’s the password for what Bela’s got cooked up for us but don’t try preparing it while driving!

Bela’s Garden Party Vegetable Curry

1 large eggplant, peeled and diced into large cubes

3 large onions, cut into ¼ inch slices

2 pounds of fresh mushrooms

1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into pennies

6 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes

1 10 0z package of frozen peas

½ cup of peanut oil

8-10 tablespoons of curry powder (hot or mild as you like it)

(if you prefer to make your own Curry spice blend-use 5 Ts ground coriander, 2 Ts ground Cumin, 1 Ts of ground Turmeric and 1 tsp of ground cayenne pepper).

Salt to taste

1. Sauté onions in large Dutch oven in enough oil to coat, until golden brown.

2. Add spices and add a little water to keep the spices from burning. Cover the pot. Continuing to sauté for a few moments.

3. Add the eggplant, sauté until slightly browned.

4. Add carrots, mushrooms and enough water to cover, cooking over medium heat, until carrots begin to soften slightly. Stir occasionally and continue to test for tenderness of carrots and if salt is needed.

5. Add potatoes and when they are almost tender, the frozen peas.

It is important that the vegetables do not become mushy. Avoid crushing the vegetables when stirring. When lifting the lid, hold it sideways so that flavorful steam can drop back into the pot to retain flavor.

Serve with rice and warm Pita bread.

Makes enough for about 6 people.

Single Arm Extensions

Standing with your feet a hip’s width apart, slowly extend your left arm up towards the ceiling, while leaving the right side of your body completely relaxed. Hold for about 30 seconds as you increase the stretch. With no reservation, now drop your arm as if it were a lead weight-all at once. Repeat on the right side.

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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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