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Vegetarian Cuisine

Healthy and natural cuisine for body, mind and soul

Being or becoming vegetarian means that it is not only necessary to know about the requirements of a balanced diet but also to be informed of how to cook delicious and healthy dishes for physical wellbeing.

Come and discover the secret ingredient that makes Ananda’s food particularly tasty!

Our super Team

Our fantastic cooks

Our team of cooks, supported by karma yogis, understands the importance of the vibrations which permeate food during its preparation and are committed to instilling uplifting and nourishing vibrations of peace, joy and love in each activity that takes place in the kitchen, from cleaning and chopping the vegetables to the preparation of more elaborate dishes.

The joyful Clean-Up Team

Washing the dishes can be joyful! It’s possible to experience with us just how much a humble practice can be transformed into a truly joyful service or a deep meditative experience.

Recipe of the month

Apple strudel

For the dough:
200g plain white flour – 40ml sunflower oil – splash of vinegar – pinch of salt – around 80ml lukewarm water

For the filling:
1kg apples (roughly 7 apples) – 275g raisins – pinch of ground cloves – ½ top cinnamon – pinch of bourbon vanilla or ½ tsp of vanilla essence

Prepare the dough and let it rest for 30min. In the meantime, prepare the filling by finely slicing the apples and baking them (covered) for 15 minutes until slightly soft. Soak the raisins in hot water for 30 minutes. Strain, blend with the spices and vanilla and then mix with the cooked apples. Allow to cool. Roll out the dough to 45x70cm and transfer to a cloth. Spread the filling on top evenly and, using the cloth, roll up the strudel like a Swiss Roll. Place the strudel on a lined baking tray and bake at 180°C for 30-45 minutes. Drizzle with honey and toasted almond slices.

Recipe by Mahiya Zoé Matthews from A Taste of Joy

You will discover with pleasure the goodness of a diet which is strictly vegetarian, yogic and natural.

You will enjoy the different meals interacting with other guests and with members of the community. The first part of breakfast and dinner takes place in silence.

No problem if you are vegan or have intolerances or allergies – simply advise us at the moment of your booking and complete the necessary form on arrival. Please keep in mind that our kitchen is not ​100% gluten free and therefore is not adapted to true celiacs.

You will have a wide selection of herbal teas, different types of milk, coffee and seasonal fruit juices to choose from, but we do not serve alcohol. This is because according to Yogananda, alcohol inhibits awareness of the soul and makes meditation difficult.

Yogic Cuisine with Mahiya

Healthy and natural cuisine for body, mind and soul

Author of the well-loved best-selling book, ​A Taste of Joy, and the recently published ​Frullati di gioia! (as yet published only in Italian), Mahiya is an expert in the art of multi-cultural culinary methods, vegetarian-vegan cuisine and yogic nutrition. She has a profound knowledge of the practical aspects of these cooking styles as well as their nutritional and spiritual aspects. Mahiya is dedicated to sharing the beneficial principles of a vegan and yogic diet both in Italy and abroad through her books and courses, which are held regularly at Ananda Assisi.