Is it possible to have a yogic party or do you think the two terms are mutually exclusive?
I don’t – because yogis are some of the most joyous people in the world.
Practitioners of yoga don’t necessarily want to eat chips and drink alcohol in order to get into the party mood. Artificial stimulants aren’t needed and we still know how to have a good time.
I’m planning a Yoga Flower Power party. The guests are people who love yoga as much as I do and the food is homemade, from organic ingredients.
The theme of the party is Flower Power and my friends will happily wear flowery dresses and shirts and adorn themselves with real flowers, in their hair, as garlands or bracelets…
For my awesome, funfilled weekend party I’ve created a menu that is simple to dish up, easy to digest and delectable.
Vegetable crudités served with Sunflower Seed Dressing Chop  any seasonal vegetable lengthwise – mulis, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, spring onions, celery. Arrange them on a plate – colour coded or contrast – all those hues can be used to marvelous advantage to give the dish a stunning appearance. In the centre – the dip.
5 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 50 g sunflower seeds, 1 teaspoon salt, 5 tablespoons water. Blend until smooth.
Sunflower seeds – rich in Vitamin B.
Sunflower Sesame Risoles with yoghurt dip


Sunflower and seeds

Sunflower and seeds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

225 gms sunflower seeds, 225 gm sesame seeds, ½ teaspoon each of dried marjoram, oregano, basil, thyme. 1 teaspoon ground jeera, salt, 1 large green pepper chopped (seed and core – those are verbs), 2 sticks celery finely chopped, 1 grated carrot, 1 quartered tomato
Grind seeds in the blender – not too fine – first sesame then sunflower. Mix in all the ingredients except the tomato. Tomato in blender – then add to the mixture.
Make balls of the mixture, place on greased baking sheet and bake in preheated oven ( 180degreesC/ gas4) for 30 to 45 minutes till brown. Serve with dip.
The dip consist of blended yoghurt with finely chopped garlic pod, fresh coriander, salt and jeera.
Serve lemonade, fresh juices, water flavoured with basil leaves in pretty glasses with straws and umbrellas. And flowers, of course.
Parents are welcome to bring their children if they want. It’s summer time and the living is easy so why shouldn’t children stay up and dance and drink juice decorated with flowers? If they have a strict bedtime routine – then not. It would be entirely up to the parents. No judgments, either way.
Light citronella joss sticks beforehand so that the garden is free of mosquitoes.
Light candles in the garden.
Have water bowls with floating candles and flowers.
Scatter cushions on the ground, ensure there are some chairs.
Choose music – relaxing meditation sounds of singing bowls.
Have some music that has an upbeat tempo for when people are ready to dance.
After the dancing, drinks and snacks – the dinner –  a one dish meal
Couscous with spicy vegetables
For 6
225 gms soaked chick peas, 225 gms couscous, 400 ml hot water, 110 gm white cabbage, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, paprika, 2 teaspoons yellow mustard seeds, 2 diced potatoes, 2 green peppers diced, 350 gm courgettes sliced, 175 gm okra sliced, 2 carrots cut into thick slices, 350 gms tomatoes chopped, 50 gm raisins, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley.
Cook chick peas, soak couscous.Heat oil in large pan. Add cabbage and sauté, stir in spices and cook for 1 minutes. Add potatoes and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the rest of the vegetables except for the parsley.

Drain couscous and put in steamer lined with muslin. Place over the cooking vegetables. Steam with lid on for 20 minutes., stirring the vegetables every now and again. When the couscous is heated through and the vegetables are tender, mix all together. Add chopped parsley.
Transfer couscous to a large dish and separate the grains with a fork. Serve with vegetables and a tomato salad flavoured with olive oil and lemon dressing.
Dessert – Banana Nut Pie – this recipe deserves a separate blog entry.
Or – if I felt lazy I might use this Jodhpuri Moong Dal Halwa – because it has no preservatives. But YOGIC cooking doesn’t use packet foods.jodhpuri-moong-dal-halwa
 So you see, a simple healthful party menu where you wake up the next morning feeling refreshed and energized instead of drained and sluggish. The emphasis at my party is on conversation, sharing positive experiences, blissful dancing and really getting to know your friends and appreciate them instead of competing.
Most recipes are taken from  The Yoga Cookbook which is a Sivananda Yoga offering. It’s one of my favourite cookbooks and the recipes are excellent.

I wrote this for the fun of making an entry to the My Gourmet Party contest by Indiblogger in association with Kitchens Of India.
Will you come to my flower power party? What would you wear?